What Tattoo Really Brings Out Your Personality?

Zoe Samuel

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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?

What kind of art do you like best?

If you could have more of anything, what would it be?

What is your moral lodestone?

When are you most relaxed?

Are you seriously considering getting a tattoo, or do you just like the idea of it?

How "spiritual" are you?

When you think of people, what do you think of?

Which of these best describes the sort of tattoo you'd want?

What moves you to tears?

What kind of job would you like best?

What sort of thinking do you excel at?

When you have some free time, what do you do with it?

What routine do you never miss?

How do you feel when you hit your stride?

How do you like to express yourself?

How much time are you willing to sit in the chair?

How sentimental are you?

What colors would you want in your tattoo?

To what do you turn when things get bad?

What dietary rule do you observe?

Where do you want to get your tattoo?

How big do you want your tattoo to be?

Is your tattoo something strangers might catch sight of?

Do you want to be asked to explain your tattoo to people?

Do you want part of your tattoo to be visible only when you're partially disrobed?

Do you plan on getting more than one tattoo?

How long do you want your tattoo to be current?

How much pain are you willing to take?

Which of these do you value the most?

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