Sorry...Sanguineas a butterfly?
I love that you made the connection of people in hospital gowns. That makes so much sense. I never thought of it like that. We do let some of our personality show more when we ear one. It's interestng. We tend to act more similar than we ever thought we could.
Why not get a skull tattoo? There are many ways to draw them that would make them your own and avoid the cultural significance. That's why you go somewhere good. If you can walk into a shop and they're ready to do it right then, walk back out. They aren't good artists. A good tattoo artists has, AT LEAST, a 6 month waiting list. You'll make one appointment just for them to draw something up and discuss it with you. Then they'll make any changes you talk about. When you approve of the design, then you make an appointment for the actual work to be done.
One thing you want to look for is flare on the walls. Flare is all of those pages and pages of pictures you can choose from. They just make a copy of one andscreen it onto you so they can trace it line for line.
DO NOT EVER GET A TATTOO AT A PLACE WITH FLARE ON THE WALLS!!! I can't stress this enough. find a place where the artists have coffee table style books of their own work. You'll be sure that you get something original, and you will get to seo how they do their line work and how their colours come out.
I'd have this same discussion with my own kids whenI have them, and if they want tats.
I see what you mean about not being able to settle one one design though. I thought about the one on my back since I was 15. I finally got it when I was 24. And the idea never changed, and I never got tired of it. I think that was a good indicator that I would not regret it in the future. The one on my shoulder was an impulse job, but it's a bass clef, and I am a bass player. Even if I stop playing as often as I'd like, I am a bass player at heart, and will never regret it.
You should find something you feel strongly about, and decide whether it is something you could live with on your skin forever.
I can't wait till our generation is OLD. I'd love to see all those funny looking dangly earlobes and such