I have many friends with tats and I tell them the same thing. I dont look down on them but I do think they are retarded for doint it. Why on earth would anyone put something into their skin that wont come off? When people get older they, most of the time, wish they would not have got tats.
I can understand getting one in a place that doesnt scream for attention, which is what tats are all about (look at me, im so cool and hip) when you get them in a place that shows them off, and when they are personal and in some way meaningful. Getting a flaming pig on your forearm is stupid. In a few years the fad will be over and everyone will be trying to get them removed because everyone will be laughing at the old hipsters who fucked up their bodies.
Just my opinion but most people look stupid with a tat just like some people look tarded with dreadlocks. I have to listen to my friends talk about their tats all the time and I have to wonder how their life got to be so boring and simple. Its not cool, its not interesting and its so 1996 its sad.