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It’s hardly news that tattoos divide opinion as most people are either in the love ‘em or hate ‘em camp. But even though everyone knows where they stand on them very few of your friends will come right out and tell you they don’t like your tattoo.

cara delevingne lion tattoo

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Considering they’re a permanent statement that’s maybe a good thing. Everyone seems to be telling Cara Delevingne her lion tattoo on her finger is fierce when in reality it’s a stupid teenage mistake.

Zayn's perri tattoo

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And what was that wally from One Direction thinking getting his girlfriend’s face tattooed on his arm? We all know how that one’s going to play out.

As a very recent member of the ink gang it took me roughly ten years to get mine. I know, I know, I don’t half rush into things. So what took me so long? I’m not sure to be honest. I wanted the same design for all that time and I didn’t waver at the last minute and spontaneously get something different.

I stuck to my guns and got the outline of a star on my foot that I’d been hankering after since my teens.

In the end, it came down to being away travelling.  Getting the tattoo on the trip seemed like a good memento so when I randomly found myself in a tattoo shop as part of a walking tour I decided it was, as the cliché goes, now or never.

Naoimh's foot tattoo

My tattoo is so small and inoffensive even my most conservative friend can concede (while also imploring me not to get any more) that it is rather pretty. And here’s the clincher:  it suits me. I think that really therein lies the key. Whatever tattoo design you’ve gone for needs to mesh well with your personal style, similar to a good haircut. It should enhance what your mamma gave you.

Rihanna's gun tattoo

Rihanna get your gun … or maybe don’t bother

Also, there’s a fine line between having enough and getting the one that is one too many. Rhianna doesn’t win at this game. Another consensus is that being beautiful helps make your tattoos look classy, not trashy.

freja beha erichsen tattoo

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Gorgeous Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen is a case in point. She has one on her neck (top pic) for Christ sake, which is usually the mainstay of hardened criminals, yet Freja regularly walks the Chanel catwalk. Erin Wasson is another great example to prove this theory.

angelina jolie tattoos

But Angelina Jolie turns things on their head. Despite her exquisite bone structure I don’t think her tattoos look good. They’re too visible, too big, too varied and come with a lot of hippy mumbo jumbo and faux meaning.

Jolie’s tattoos remind me of a story a friend told me recently about her friend (are you keeping up) who wanted to get the word ‘breathe’ tattooed on her finger, then said with a straight face that this was, “y’know to remind me to keep breathing”.

Newsflash: your body does that all of its own accord. No prompting and definitely no ink necessary. True story.

So how does a lay person without the good looks of a starlet survive the potential minefield of tattoos?

My advice, think long and hard about what you want to get. Next consider where on your body you’re getting it. There are trends in tattoos just like in fashion and I’d bet that mustache on your finger won’t be so funny when you’re sixty-two. And for the love of god never and I mean NEVER get a lover’s name, face or initial tattooed anywhere on your body. It will only end in tears.

Have I plans to get any more? Now that would be telling.

So do you think getting a tattoo is fierce or foolish? Tell us in the comments below.