Chatting in the office today (as you do) and a colleague pipes up 'hey, you were in the army, everyone who's ever been in the army has a tat - where's yours?' Thus ensues the 'you show me yours and I'll show you mine' thing. As the entire office proceeds to show their tats and piercings to each other, another colleague expresses their extreme distaste of such things and indeed their disapproval of the blatant display of unnecessary flesh. This person's whole disapproval of tattoos and the original assumption that everyone who's ever been in the army must have one got me a-thinking - is it really a military thing to get a tat or is it a common misconception and distasteful abuse of one's body. For the record, I have never regretted mine in the 15 years I've had it and am actively searching for a local reputable 'artist' to adorn myself again.