I've always considered getting a tattoo with a variety of animals and plants. They are pretty awesome. I would wait to do it myself, as I prefer the realistic animal tattoos. I know it's going to cost me at least 1000 dollars to get what I want to get at the quality I want(at a nice size too) :) It would include a betta(probably a halfmoon plakat!), some reptiles like a beautiful snake and a blue tree monitor, some of my favorite plant species(which right now are succulents, but I am branching out) and just in general some favorite animals in a beautiful design showing how much nature kicks butt! :D
I know the guy I want to get it from, but it won't be for several years. I've got a few other more sentimental tattoos I want to get first, and this will come after that. (and after I have a career!)
I think of a tattoo as an artistic and beautiful way to keep a cherished memory alive that you want to carry with you to the grave. Even silly tattoos can be that in a way. It's a constant reminder of who you were the day you got the tattoo. What sort of humor you liked. What movie you and your friends loved enough to get matching tattoos to show it. You might not like that movie later, people do change, but you liked it then, and there is no reason to forget that sort of thing. We all used to be kids, and we grow up. :D I think people need to put serious thought into their tattoos though, I don't always like it when people just get tattoos of the flash art they see on the wall. You won't remember that as much, you know? As cute as little stars are, after 30 years, will you really remember what each star symbolizes? They are just stars, like the millions in our sky, they start to blend together. I think stars symbolizing important people should take more thought--maybe your sister grew up to be a florist, your father loves koi, your mother loves to write novels... That is where I think good tattoo inspiration comes from! :) But that's just me!
But of course, I see two reasons for tattoos. I like the ones that have meaning--but some just don't, and there is nothing wrong with that. It's art, it just happens to be on your body. I want to get a fine art tattoo of the piece "summer" by Alphonse Mucha! It doesn't represent anything. I just love the art work, and I love the artist. :) It is a piece I would not mind seeing forever. And the regular tattoo 'style' is a form of art that a lot of people like. So I don't see anything wrong with just getting a beautiful or cool tattoo. You just gotta acknowledge it for what it is!