I was talking about this with my husband the other day, and truth is, while it's a phase for some, I truly believe that people like me feel the need to get poked and painted because we feel that it completes us, in a sense. Since I was a kid, I have always been attracted to the subcultures and "weirdos" with tattoos, piercings, weird hair, weird clothing, etc. I don't know WHY I was so drawn to these people, but I thought they looked absolutely beautiful. My mother knew by the time I was 5 that I would end up looking like that. I would spend hours looking through tribal books at the library, staring at punk rock kids or goth kids, would beg her to get my nose pierced at age 4.
I guess some people are just born wanting to alter their look like we do. I'm very tattooed, have multiple piercings, and don't give a hoot what people think of me. I think I'm complete and feel better because of it. I know I'm going to get a lot of TD's, but couldn't care less. I'm myself and comfortable in my own very inked skin, more than I would be in non-tattooed and pierced skin. And that's all that matters to me.