My husband is totally bemused by the fact that I've watched all those ink shows - Miami Ink, LA Ink, London Ink - at one time or another.
Why? Because I am the least likely person he knows to get a tattoo.
Aside from the pain (for which my tolerance levels rival that of a newborn), I can't think of a symbol that I would like to have permanently committed to my person.
I'm too much of a magpie, intrigued by a huge range of visual imagery.
One day it might be chiaroscuro paintings. Another, contrasty black and white photography. Or modern line drawings. Cartoons.
So mainly it's the permanence that keeps me away.
While I've met many people who've been tattooed to mark the arrival of a new baby, pay tribute to a parent or the survival of a harrowing event, I've never seen such vivid imagery as these artists create on their clients' skin. I'm especially intrigued by the colorful, heavily shaded versions created by Kat Von D and her team of artists.
As the TLC people realized, it's the individual stories that make these shows compelling.
So for now, I just enjoy hearing about others' triumphs, and seeing how they choose to mark their own major life events.
Do you have a tattoo? If so, how did you make your selection?