Why People in Billings Get Tattoos and Where They Get Them [PHOTOS]
There are 31 tattoo shops just in Billings according to a Google search, and that's not even counting the I-can-do-it-in-my-basement-I-have-a-tattoo-gun crowd. What is the fascination with ink?
I will admit that I have three tattoos. One is a pink Breast Cancer Ribbon on my ankle for my sister Jeanne who is a breast cancer survivor. One is an infinity symbol with two names on it, my sister Angie (who I lost almost 4 years ago) and my nephew (her oldest son) Micheal, or Pookie as we called him (he passed almost a year and a half ago). The third one is, well, that's not important. Let's just say I was young and no one but my husband sees it nowadays. Why do we get tattoos? Does it tell a story, or share a memory of someone, or do we get them just because we think it's cool? I've heard "because I thought it was a cool design", "for my grandparents", "for my sons who is in the military", "for my mom who is a seven-time cancer survivor."
According to historyoftatoos.net, 3 in 10 adults have a tattoo and in the US there is an estimated 64 billion, yes I said billion, spent on tattoos each year and over the next decade, the tattoo industry is expected to continue to grow at an annual rate of 7.7%.
Did you know that about 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo, while there is roughly 40 percent of the population says they wouldn't even consider getting a tattoo? Surprisingly, or maybe not, people that are between the ages of 25 - 40 are most likely to get a tattoo and about half of millennials have a tattoo.
Does having a tattoo or multiple tattoos affect employers when hiring people? Do you look at people with tattoos differently or prejudge them?
If you're in the market for a tattoo, check out some of these tattoo shops. Cin City Tattoo, Sovereign Tattoo, Rise Again Tattoo, Eternal Ink, Black Sparrow Tattoo, Legendary Tattoo and Bodyworks Tattoo.
Do you have a tattoo? What is it and why did you get it?
I asked several of my friends why they got tattoos and here's what some of them said:
Kristie Schaak Hutton got her tattoo in memory of her son Tucker who passed away at 18 a few years ago.
Tina Downing got her tattoo, the endless knot, it stands for what we do today affects our tomorrow, our actions affect those around us.
My friends Cara and Eli (they are twins) have matching tattoos. Semper Coniuncti (Always connected).