I have a background in art (art history to be precise). I attended NYU for art history for both undergrad and grad. Getting tattooed is a way to be an art collector on the most permanent level. I love adornment, fashion, beautification and I believe that tattoos are all of these things.
They are a rite of passage, a test, a commitment, a bonding experience, self-expression, a release, and adornment.