What Exotic Tattoo Should You Get Next?

BEAUTY & FASHION

Torrance Grey

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Tattoos: they fascinate us, whether we have one, or several, or none at all. Tattooing is an art form that is thousands of years old and isn't always a form of self-expression. For example, tattoos have been used by exclusive groups as a mark of belonging. Secret societies, elite military units, and criminal gangs have all used tattoos to signify who's in and who's not. Another purpose that tattoos served, in earlier centuries, was postmortem identification. Sailors often had tattoos, and their employers kept inventories of tattoos as a way to identify a sailor who died without identification - for example, by falling overboard.

Nowadays, tattoos are more commonly used to express one's personality and to reflect life experiences. Note the popularity of the "semicolon" tattoo in recent years. As a semicolon indicates that a sentence could have stopped, but is about to pick up and continue, so a semicolon tattoo reflects picking up and carrying on after some drastic event, such as a deep depression or suicidal ideation. 

With such deep feelings underlying these body modifications, it's no surprise that exotic religious or cultural symbols are popular choices for tattoos. Celtic, Egyptian, Buddhist, Christian, and Kabbalistic tattoos are all common (but never dull). If you're considering a tattoo, maybe you'd like something very abstract and yet very meaningful. Are you ready to find out which one suits you and your circumstances the most? Try our quiz now!

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