Tattoos and body piercings were once the province of South Sea islanders, military lifers, bikers and cave paintings. Nowadays, you see them on college coeds, librarians, Gold's Gym habitus and yuppies doing Sunday brunch.
Old Colorado City
Any tattoos or piercings? I used to have piercings on my tongue and nipples. I'm getting a tattoo next week.
Explain the piercings. I got them in different countries I visited. It was a symbolic thing. Also, piercings are less permanent than tattoos I could change my mind.
Why are you getting a tattoo? As a memorial to my grandfather, who partially raised me and taught me what it means to be a man. It'll go down the side of my rib cage.
Do you see any trends? Girls are getting "ho stamps," little tattoos on the small of their backs.
Has the image of tattoos and piercings changed? It used to be taboo, and it still kind of is, but it's pretty commonplace now. A lot of corporate types have them under their suits.
Old Colorado City
Describe your tattoos. My right bicep has some skulls, a wave and a dragon. The underside has "Punkin Head" from the old horror movies. I have a half-sleeve of flames on my left bicep, with a werewolf on the underside.
Why did you get them? Each one marks a moment in my life. I got the flames the day my son was born. I got one of the faces the day my best friend moved away.
What's the most amazing tattoo you've seen? This tiny, petite blonde had a full back piece of Shiva she had done in a single 20-hour sitting, two people working on it simultaneously.
Why do people get piercings? It's a tribal, coming-of-age thing, like in New Guinea. Some women get clitoral piercings to enhance sensual pleasure. Some do it for the shock factor.
Green Mountain Falls
Describe your tattoos and piercings. I have a large mountainscape on my back that represents Pikes Peak and the Colorado region. My right arm has a band of monkeys that represent my friends, and my wedding date in Roman numerals in autumn colors. I have a piercing in my left nipple and one in each ear.
Why the nipple? The ear piercings are just for style. The nipple signifies to myself that I can handle it.
What's the most unusualpiercing you've seen? Friends with below-the-belt piercings.
Why have tats and piercings gotten so popular? It's not for any one group anymore. More people step outside the box.