What Theme Should Your Next Tattoo Have?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
What Theme Should Your Next Tattoo Have?
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About This Quiz

Tattooing is a practice that goes back centuries. Tattoos, as we think of them, come from the tribal cultures of southeast Asia, where sailors would spend weeks getting covered in tattoos that recounted their exploits, their families, and their professions. Sailors brought this practice back from Asia and eventually, following World War II, tattooing became popular with people other than sailors and soldiers.

Tattoos steadily increased in popularity through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Starting with the new millennium, tattoos became fashionable, and not simply the purview of Hell's Angels members, convicts, and Marines. Today, top models have visible tattoos. Soccer moms have tattoos. According to a recent study by Pew, of people ages 18 to 29, 38 percent have tattoos. That number is expected to rise.

Tattoos come in many shapes and sizes. There are traditional tattoos tracing their roots back to cultures where the tattoos really meant something. There are abstract tattoos, tattoos that accentuate bodily features, pop culture reference tattoos, and religious-themed tattoos. Tattoos say a lot about its "wearer," so picking the right one is hugely important. After all, how would Tweety Bird look next to that Punisher skull?

Stymied for your next tattoo idea? Help is here! Take this quiz and we'll tell you what theme your next tattoo should have.

How religious was your childhood home?
Extremely
It was totally secular.
We worshiped occasionally, but not often.
We only did the high holidays.

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In what industry do you work?
Manufacturing
Information Technology
Travel
Media

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How much of a traditionalist are you?
In some ways, I'm totally strict. In most ways, I'm not.
Traditions exist to be overturned.
I'm totally old school.
I ignore tradition.

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How do you feel about the world in which you live?
It's not orderly enough.
It's not systematized enough.
It's never big enough.
It can feel stifling.

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How often do you participate in religion?
Several times a week
Never
When I contribute to charity
I like to meditate every day.

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How much of your job is spent communicating with others via electronic means?
Very little
Most of the day
I spend about an hour doing that.
A few hours

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How tough is your job?
It's not difficult, but it's a grind.
It's very difficult, but it's not a long hard day in the mines.
It's mentally challenging, and physically challenging.
It's intellectually taxing, and hugely energizing.

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Which sport appeals to you the most?
Football
E-Sports
Ultramarathon running
Quidditch

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What was your hobby in high school?
I volunteered in a soup kitchen.
I was a mathlete.
I was a scout.
Drawing

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What do you like best about religion, in general?
The connection to the divine
It's a market for goods.
It's a reason to get out of the house.
Nothing

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What do you think of social media?
It's a nice way to keep in touch with family.
It's a cancer.
It's cheap advertising.
It's a big venue to exhibit one's work.

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How's your physique?
I work out religiously.
Not bad since I went Paleo
I'm very strong, but I don't do if for looks.
I'm not that active, but I'm not obese.

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Which of these movies did you enjoy the most?
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
"The Social Network"
"The Mountain Between Us"
"Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring"

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Do you believe in God or gods?
Of course!
Not really. Maybe a "prime mover." I don't know.
Only the god of nature
No, I wish I did.

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Do you always have the latest tech?
Not ever
Always
Sometimes, if I need it for work
Sometimes, if it's really cool

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How outdoorsy are you?
Not at all
A bit, on weekends
If I could be a ski bum, I would be one.
I like it in small doses.

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How vividly do you dream?
About the average, I guess
Not at all vividly
Occasionally, I have really vivid dreams.
I have lucid dreams every night.

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Has religion played a major role in your life's major decisions?
Yes, all of them
Some, if you count steering clear of religion
Few, to be honest
Sometimes, as it can be inspirational. Not always my own religion

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How often do you know how gizmos actually work?
Never
Usually
I know all the ones I use.
I know some specific tools' inner workings, but only because I work with them.

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Which of these hobbies is your favorite?
Scrapbooking
DIY
Knots
Cosplay

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If you had all the tech taken away, could you still do your job?
It would be difficult.
What? You mean like, all of it?
Sure, it would just be hard.
Sure, I know the old way of doing things.

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Do you believe that religions other than yours might hold a kernel of truth?
Maybe... OK. Just between you and me? No.
I don't know enough to know.
Sure, probably
Of course!

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Do you know much about the history of industry?
Very little. Henry Ford was a guy, right? He was friends with President Lincoln?
Sure! From Edison to Zuck and everyone in between.
Just the broad strokes
No, not really

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How much do you conform to society's idea of you?
99 percent
40 percent
80 percent
5 percent

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How rarefied is your profession?
Not at all. We're all interchangeable.
At my level, you need the skills, the chops, and the connections. It's pretty elite.
Few would want to do what I do, and fewer could do it.
Very few people can make it in my line of work. I'm one of the few.

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How strictly do you follow your religion's dogma?
Very strictly. That's the whole point!
Not strictly. They're guidelines more than laws.
I only follow the big ones, like not killing, stealing, coveting, etc.
I live by an ecumenical mix of dogma.

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Who is your historical hero?
Thomas Moore
Heron of Alexandria
Bear Grylls
J. R. R. Tolkien

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How do you like to dress on your days off?
Conservatively. Cover everything up in modest clothing.
I like to be comfortable. Sweats and sneakers
Cuffed blue jeans, combat boots, and a bomber jacket
Dress to the nines! It's time to impress!

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How much of your job involves creative thinking?
None
About 10 percent
Maybe one third
At least half

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What do you think the afterlife is like?
It's wonderful​ if you've done the right things with your life.
I don't think there is one.
I hope it's the Viking afterlife. That one is cool.
I hope it's like nothing anyone has imagined.

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