I know this topic is a bit old (well, a few days) and so I'm sorry if this is considered necroposting, but I wanted to add a few comments. I should state that I have multiple piercings, intend to get more, and will get a tattoo or two sometime in the future. I just cannot agree that I am 'punishing an innocent' whereas that innocent is my body. I disagree on the basis that I do not view it as a punishment. It hurts a bit, but not too much, and it strengthens and alters my appearance--which plays a role in the exploration of myself and body. It is not out of anxiety or dissociation. Saying that tattos are "scorched and blackened tears" is a little over the top in my opinion.