What Tattoo Really Brings Out Your Personality?

By: Zoe Samuel

What Tattoo Really Brings Out Your Personality?
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About This Quiz

Tattooing as we know it goes back to Southeast Asia, where islanders would tattoo the stories of their lives, their professions and their ancestors into their living flesh. American and European sailors began sporting tattoos of their own in the early days of colonization, but in the 20th century, tattooing really took off. World War II veterans came back from the Pacific with tattoos, and the invention of the tattoo pen, which is far less painful than traditional methods, meant that tattooing could be done cheaply and (relatively) painlessly.

Wearing a tattoo says a lot about a person. In some countries, tattoos are still taboo. In Japan, wearing a tattoo means you can't go to a public swimming pool. In other places, tattoos can mean anything from religious prohibition to military membership. There are abstract tattoos, representative tattoos, word tattoos, you name it. If you can't decide on one, or don't have one in mind, most tattoo parlors sport wall-to-wall "flash"; stock designs intended for the adventurous, or the inebriated.

So which tattoo is right for you? Which mark hits the mark? Which ink is right, do you think? Don't worry. We're here to help. Just take this quiz and we'll tell you which tattoo brings out your personality.

Who would object to you getting a tattoo?
My parents
My spouse
My employer
No one

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What kind of art do you like best?
Abstract
I like typefaces.
Church art
Cave paintings

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If you could have more of anything, what would it be?
Inspiration
Time with my family
Repentance
Puppies!

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What is your moral lodestone?
The philosophy I studied in college
The morals set forth by my parents
The laws of my religion
My instincts never fail me.

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When are you most relaxed?
When I'm working on something creative.
When I'm home with the family.
When I pray to my deity.
When I'm with my pet.

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Are you seriously considering getting a tattoo, or do you just like the idea of it?
I think I just like the idea.
I might back out at the last minute.
I'm all in.
I'll almost certainly go through with it, if I like how it looks.

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How "spiritual" are you?
I'm very spiritual.
I'm casually spiritual.
I'm not "spiritual", I'm religious.
I think I have a strong spiritual connection.

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When you think of people, what do you think of?
A sort of "idea" of them
Their names
Their religious affiliation
Their animal spirit

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Which of these best describes the sort of tattoo you'd want?
A shoulder tattoo
A 'tramp stamp'
A chest tattoo
A sleeve

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What moves you to tears?
Inspired art
Powerful stories I relate to
Biblical tales
The beauty of the natural world

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What kind of job would you like best?
Studio artist
Social worker
Monk
Veterinarian

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What sort of thinking do you excel at?
Abstract information arbitrage
Oh, I don't know.
Moral clarity
Quick, instinctual insights

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When you have some free time, what do you do with it?
Reboot my brain with some aimless sketching
I spend it with friends or family.
I visit my church.
I go for a hike.

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What routine do you never miss?
A few minutes to be creative
Time to chat with my people
Worshiping my deity once a week
Time to spend in nature

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How do you feel when you hit your stride?
Like I'm the eye of a storm!
Like I'm making my ancestors proud.
Like God has my back.
Like I'm a wolf making a run for it.

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How do you like to express yourself?
In art
In words
In intentions
In actions

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How much time are you willing to sit in the chair?
Days
A few minutes
Hours
Weeks

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How sentimental are you?
I try to let that go.
I'm a model of sentimentality.
I'm pretty sentimental.
I'm about the average, I guess.

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What colors would you want in your tattoo?
Just black
Black and blue
Black and red
All the colors of the rainbow

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To what do you turn when things get bad?
My reserves of creativity
My friends
My faith
My animal side

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What dietary rule do you observe?
I'm a vegan.
I don't have any.
There are things I can't eat because of my religion.
Any meat I consume has to be ethically sourced.

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Where do you want to get your tattoo?
My extremities
My torso
Over my heart
My back

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How big do you want your tattoo to be?
Medium-sized
Very small
Above average
Huge

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Is your tattoo something strangers might catch sight of?
Maybe
Not likely
Yeah, sometimes
Usually

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Do you want to be asked to explain your tattoo to people?
Sure. That sounds like a nice ice breaker.
Yeah, since it will remind me why I have it.
No. I don't want to have to explain anything.
Occasionally

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Do you want part of your tattoo to be visible only when you're partially disrobed?
Maybe, depending on what I'm wearing or not wearing.
I only want it to be visible when I'm completely disrobed.
That sounds about right
No way

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Do you plan on getting more than one tattoo?
Probably
No
If I like it, yeah.
I don't know.

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How long do you want your tattoo to be current?
I don't mind if it looks dated from the get go.
I want it to be current forever.
I want the design to be old-fashioned.
I want the design to be current a long time, even if the content isn't.

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How much pain are you willing to take?
Quite a lot
Not much at all
I'll sit through a very large black area if I have to.
Loads and loads. I'll just get drunk.

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Which of these do you value the most?
Self-expression
Loyalty
Constancy
Inspiration

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