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 I was asked today what sort of tattoo I'd have, if I had to get one. Since it's one of those get-to-know-you questions that you tend to get asked a fair bit, I figured I'd repost my answer here.

My tattoo would be something like this:



On my feet, with geometric designs in the style of North African henna.

Why?

Because it's meaningless. I've long been of the opinion that anything you're going to have to live with for the long term--names, tattoos, etc.--should be simple, meaningless, and have no particular personal connotations other than aesthetic appeal. People change too quickly--or at least I do--for anything based in personal meaning to fit for long; soon you'll start to grow out of it, and names and tattoos are hard to erase. But meaningless things can comfortably stretch to fit whatever shape you are, rather like a particularly nice pair of leather gloves.

As for why feet: Feet are inherently pretty, moreso with designs on them, and they're easily covered at work or in whatever situation you don't want people to see your tattoos. It would probably hurt a hell of a lot more, but whatevs. I'm a tough girl. ;)
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