Would you get a tattoo? We ask people in Leicester for their views...
The number of tattoo parlours opening has more than doubled in three years, apparently down to media, celebrity and fashion trends. Reporters Kerry Smith and Theo Allthorpe-Mullis asked people in Leicester for their views.
Charlie Clapham, 21 actor and body piercer, Hamilton
"I've got a few. My dad does them but I make sure that I'm going to be happy with them when I'm 60. I also get them in places I can cover up because I'm an actor."
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Alice Lister, 19 student, city centre
"No, I don't have any. I don't think it would look good when I'm 60 or 70 years old."
Mary Thompson, 80 retired, Humberstone
"I don't have any and I won't now because of my age, but I quite like to see some of them. Perhaps if I was younger."
Ryan Clayton, 16 student, Knighton
"No, I don't have one – I don't like the idea of having it forever."
Aoife Blake, 26 photographer, city centre
"I've got an Egyptian-style eye on my wrist, two swallows on my hips, cherry blossom on my back and a henna-style pattern on my ankle. They don't really mean anything, though, they're purely aesthetic."
Xinwei Ma, 21 student, city centre
"I don't have one yet, but I'm going to get a lotus flower on my arm because I'm a Buddhist."
Kyle Bloxham, 26 unemployed, St Matthews
"I have my kids' names and dates of birth on my wrist and two tribal patterns on my shoulders. I don't like the tribal ones any more, though. You should be sensible when picking a design."
Imran Khalifa, 27 unemployed, city centre
"I don't have any because I'm a Muslim – tattoos are harem [forbidden]."
Lee Wakeling, 40 carpenter, Evington
"No I don't have one – I never really thought about it and I'm getting a bit old for tattoos now."
Sarah Walters, 20 student, city centre
"I've got three: a cave with birds flying out on my shoulder, which symbolises my leaving home; a dream-catcher on my leg; and my name in Arabic on my stomach which I have because I was born in Saudi Arabia."
Martyn Potter, 41 landscape gardener, Whetstone
"I have one on my back of the word 'paradise' in Chinese writing which I got when I used to be a Jehovah's Witness. I would get more but I've spent 18 years looking for one I like."