My parents were a little old-fashioned. I got my first tattoo after I moved to Colorado. I told them it was a temporary tattoo. When they realized it wasn’t coming off, they were disappointed that I’d gotten one.

I had wanted a tattoo for many years, before actually getting one. Do they hurt? Yes. Would I get another one? Yes.

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I now find myself in the boat my parents were in. My oldest daughter has been saying for weeks that she’d like to get a tattoo. She’s not old enough, at least in my eyes, to get one yet. I did tell her that when she becomes old enough, she can get one if she still wants to. I also told her to make sure the design she picks means something to her and is something she can live with for the rest of her life. I wouldn’t want her to have a tattoo that says “No Ragrets” like the young man in the movie “We’re the Millers.”

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary has medical definitions of the word tattoo. As a verb, it means to mark or color skin with tattoos. As a noun, it is an indelible mark or figure fixed upon the body by the insertion of pigment under the skin or by the production of scars. Ouch! Again, does it hurt? YES.

According to, approximately 30% of Americans have at least one tattoo. The website also says the most searched tattoo is a butterfly. They used Google Trends to determine the most popular tattoo by state. Funny I mentioned the No Ragrets tattoo earlier, as that is the most popular in my old home state.

Nebraska shows finger tattoos as the most popular there. I wonder if this is a tattoo on the finger, or an image of a finger tattooed elsewhere.

Colorado’s most popular is an Aztec tattoo. I’ve read those are tribal tattoos done mainly with black and gray ink. I don’t have anything quite as intricate as pics I’ve seen of Aztec tattoos, but I think one of mine qualifies as a tribal tattoo anyway.

I could probably also live in Delaware, Florida, or Hawaii based on the state findings of my favorite tattoos, which are a dragon, Yin & Yang, and a Japanese tattoo respectively. I've been looking for ideas for my next tattoo, which is still a way off, maybe I could just stay with the theme of New Mexico, which is a fake tattoo. I already have plenty of those in my house, and they don’t hurt at all.

The Most Popular Tattoo Design in Colorado

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