09/16/2017 (Sat) 10:21:03
To me most people use them as a HEY LOOK AT ME, and also as identifiers to those in similar groups like fan bases, ideas, etc. Tattoos are so common with Americans now it's almost embarrassing. Seems to be an undercurrent of thought that "being yourself" requires you to pay a toll whether it be to a clothing maker, tattoo artist or whatever.
Related anecdote: I saw a hipster guy at work once who had a big My neighbor totoro on the underside of his forearm and I'm like oh wow, Miyazaki fan huh? and he goes oh yeah, big time, most people think its a Pikachu. It just screams of pretentious bologna. Like yeah, most people are going to think your japanese furry fantasy animal is a more popular japanese furry fantasy animal, you're not some enlightened being for having seen a movie.