The tattoo is a personal artistic statement. The wearer emphasizes the statement's importance by choosing to make a virtually permanent change to the appearance of their skin. In the past the tattoo was a single, often discrete icon. Today, however, there seems to be an increasingly popular trend towards multiple tattoos which are anything but discrete.
From the perspective of one who is quite experienced in life I wonder why someone would have tattoos that they cannot realistically cover up by choice. In particular, tattoos on the hands, neck and -egad- the face. Even with today's accepting standards there are quite a few professions precluded by visible tattoos. A financial adviser sporting even an artistically appealing neck tattoo is not doing herself any favors.
Beyond the opportunity limiting factors is the permanence of tattoos. Tattoo removal continues to improve but it will likely never be easy or cheap. With the ever-changing views of fashion and the fact that we often tire of wearing 'the same thing' why would someone choose to see the same immutable non-discrete tattoos every day of their life? We tire of icons, screen savers, wall pictures, car styles, etc. Why would tattoos be any different? Beyond that, don't tattoos limit one's choice of clothing, jewelry and other adornments?
A bit harder to imagine, I suppose, is the reality that society does have generational fads. When multiple, non-discrete tattoos have run their course those who have them will date themselves. It is like perpetually wearing a 1980's hairstyle and fashion. The tattoos will still make a statement, but the effect will likely be very different from when they were new.
So do those seeking more aggressive tattoos literally live for the moment? Do they presume that they can 'always have them removed'?
Help me understand this trend of multiple, non-discrete tattoos.