Should I Get a Tattoo?
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Happy Friday friends! Most of the usual readers of Frugal Rules know that I’m going to Vegas next month (in 30 days to be exact…but who’s counting?!) with my wife for my 40th birthday.
I’m wanting to present you with a question I’ve been pondering the past few months. You see, Mrs. Frugal Rules has been on my case to get a tattoo. To be fair, my lovely wife doesn’t pester me much, but when she wants something then we ALL know about it. Since we’re going to Vegas, she sees it as a perfect opportunity for us to go out and get matching tattoos….cue cheesy music!
Why I Have Never Gotten A Tattoo
I’ve had plenty of friends who have tattoos and have family members who have tattoos, so I’m definitely well aware of the cost, risk, pain level, etc. None of that really has held me back or is holding me back now. In regards to cost, we can afford it so that’s no issue.
I’m not really concerned about any kind of risk as we’d do our research to find a good tattoo artist. In terms of pain, I’d like to think I could endure a few hours of pain while getting inked.
Since those aren’t really issues, then what is holding me back from getting a tattoo? Honestly, getting a tattoo is something that has never crossed my mind as something I was wanting to do or even sounded appealing to me. I mean, come on, I’m turning 40 and we all know what happens when you get a tattoo and become older.
I don’t want to be that guy who has something that once looked like a tattoo, but now looks like some sort of Rorschach test gone awry. When asked about getting a tattoo in the past, I’d always say something along the lines of “If God wanted it there, then he would’ve put it there” and went on my merry way.
All that said, there’s something different about this latest request from Mrs. Frugal Rules for me to get a tattoo with her. I don’t know if because turning 40 is supposed to be some sort of milestone or something, or if it’s the simple fact that I’m seeing exponentially more so each day that we only have one life and we should live it to the fullest.
Anyway, those are some of the thoughts going through my mind in regards to if I should get a tattoo or not. As an aside, Mrs. Frugal Rules got a tattoo before we met, so she’s not the most objective person to ask.
What Kind of Tattoo Would I Get?
People get different kinds of tattoos for different reasons. People get ones that are spiritual in nature; they get names tattooed on them; some even get their wedding rings as a tattoo. I’d like to say that I’d consider something important or spiritual to have inked in to me for the rest of my life, but I’d be lying.
You see, this is where my wife knowing me has turned against me…She brought up a month or so ago that we could get matching tattoos of the symbol for my Alma Mater – Kansas State University. That was the moment where it went from “No way on earth will I get a tattoo” to “Wait a minute, that could work.”
I know what you’re thinking…why would you want to get some stupid symbol or mascot in ink on your body for all time? Well, I love K-State football. It is one of the few things I’ll actually spend my own money on and I really do enjoy it. We all need things to enjoy in life, and this is one of them for me, thus the reasoning.
Do You Think I Should Get a Tattoo?
Now that you’ve heard some of my thoughts on getting a tattoo, I thought I’d ask you, my readers, to weigh in on the topic. If you take a look below there’s a nice little poll to fill out with a simple Yay or Nay on whether or not I should get a tattoo when we go to Vegas next month.
You can also let me know in the comments section what your vote would be. Not that the vote will determine my decision, just looking for a little objective thoughts on the issue.
Those of you who have a tattoo, what is the favorite one you have and what tips do you have for finding a good tattoo artist? Those who don’t, why don’t you have a tattoo? What do you have planned for this weekend?
Photo courtesy of: Jhong Dizon
John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.
Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help you enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital , which he used to plan for retirement and keep track of his finances in less than 15 minutes each month.
Another one of John's passions is helping people save $80 per month by axing their expensive cable subscriptions and replacing them with more affordable ones, like Hulu with Live TV.