Tattoos used to be the mark of gangsters, sailors and prisoners.
As they have become more and more mainstream - and an expression of who we think we are - people have resorted to more and more extreme tattoos to achieve their desired effects.
Why do we get tattoos?
The reasons for getting tattoos are many and varied, but include:
The current trend towards extreme tattooing is not thought by most people to be beautiful in the usual sense, so why do people do it?