June 8th 2010 13:39
Because piercings can be removed, people tend to be more relaxed about getting one done. If you don't like it in the future, it can easily be removed and the hole will close up. Tattoos just aren't that way, which is why more people tend to plan out their tattoos.
Tattoos are permanent on the skin. Although, there are methods of removal, more people leave a tattoo than get it removed, even if they hate it.
Personally, I'm a little off. I plan both my tattoos and my piercings. I don't want to go through the pain to decide later that it's not something I want anymore. Now, that doesn't mean that I haven't removed any piercings, because I have, but I most have been removed from complications not because I've changed my mind about them.
When it comes to getting a new tattoo, I tend to think about it for months before actually getting it done. I tend to dwell on it, change my mind, wait, and then finally get it at least 6 months or more after the initial thought. Whereas, when it comes to piercings, I may wait a few months before getting the piercing.
And, of course it all depends on money. When getting a new piercing or tattoo, it costs money, and tattoos are more expensive to get and to have removed. This is another reason people tend to think about them and plan them versus make them more random and spontaneous.
Everyone is different, but as a general, average rule, piercings are spontaneous and tattoos are planned.