is there such a thing as a tattoo that isn’t a virtue signal?

@liaizon Yes, tattoos can also be:
- private jokes
- personal milestones
- teenage mistakes
- identity markers (close to virtue signaling, but no cigar)
- just art

@liaizon My first was a 'pirate fish' that was loosely related to the whole Flying Spaghetti Monster thing. It was a subtle way of signaling my atheism. Every time I wanted to add another tattoo I ran into paralysis analysis - it had to *mean* something, and needed to mean something forever. Ten years later I finally I broke free and had the fish incorporated into a half-sleeve of pure fun/silly steampunk art, a pirate airship. Attending tattoo expo in May for 'my next tattoo' ideas.

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