For these teens, tattoo designs are a highly personal decision, not so much affected by what other people think they should look like. Neither Rachel nor Jordan has fully set their minds on getting inked, although they’ve both tossed around possible designs.
“I want a tattoo that says, ‘Grandma’ and I would put it on my arm,” says Jordan. “I won’t have a tattoo that would show when I’m at work. It would be on my upper arm.”
Winstrand is considering a hidden placement as well. “I want four stars in a half circle on my hip,” she says.
That’s in keeping with another tattoo trend – discretion. According to the same Harris Media poll, 70 percent of teens and young adults who get tattoos place them in spots that potential employers wouldn’t see, thwarting one of the main arguments parents have against tattoos.