Spaw. I've alway said if they had to crack me open for heart surgery, I would get a zipper tattooed on the scar afterwards!
I had a friend who was born in Japan while her parents were working over there. She used to joke about having "Made in Japan" tattooed on the bottom of her foot.
Peg, interesting what you say about piercings. If one has each nipple pierced, one can have a lot of fun, wearing a necklace which dissappears into a plunging neckline. Leaves a lot to pique the imagination. No, mine aren't. I did one myself and it hurt so much I took it out and let it close. Likewise, if one has genital piercings, one can have a lot of fun going without undies and attaching some teeny-tiny bells to the rings. Drives people nuts trying to figure out where the ringing is coming from!:->
Not everyone gets tattoos as a sign of rebellion or whatever. A lot of people get them just because it feels good and they consider it art and/or they do it as a spiritual thing. My son has three which he designed himself. My oldest daughter is saving her money for one. Our youngest got her belly done, but had such an allergic reaction to the metal, even the hypo-allergenic, that she had to take it out. It was scary as she got a horribel infection around it, even being as careful as she was.
When I met Rog he had 3 roses on his right shoulder. He told me as an engineer he could never wear a wedding ring, too dangerous, but that when he found the right person, he would get their name tattooed under the roses. THAT to him was a permanent way of making a commitment and is why he has had my name, Kathleen, on his shoulder lo the many years.:-)