It’s October, and the initial excitement of school starting has worn off and everything is starting to look like fall. My mom just sent my winter coats and a three-pack of Halloween-themed Pop Rocks. Everyone is antsy and overworked and looking for something to do or a way to avoid studying. And a lot of people are talking about getting a new tattoo.
The more I talk about future tattoo ambitions, the more I hear people talking about their own. It’s a thing. The tattoo conversation comes up at parties, during five minute class breaks, and, if you get one, tattoos will soon be the agonizing topic of your family’s Thanksgiving dinner.