1) The second design looks better.
2) Do NOT get a tattoo because you think it looks cool. Get a tattoo because it means something to you.
3) Do NOT get a tattoo based on any existing artwork (ie, flash) unless it's like your family crest or something that has similar meaning. You think women are silly for being embarassed when they see another woman in the same dress? Imagine how stupid you'll feel when you see a guy with the same tat.... Unless the tat is a "membership" or something.
4) Do NOT get a tattoo to commemorate anything that's been in your life a reasonably short period of time. I know as a teenager, 5 years seems like a lot of time... It ain't.
5) DO get a tattoo that means something (I said that already, but I'll say it again!). People will ask you about your tat. 'Tis much more meaningful to answer with a story than it is to say, "Well, I thought it looked cool."
On the first page somebody mentioned new inks that are easy to remove with a single laser treatment. Yes, such inks exist. HOWEVER.... Good luck finding an inker who uses said inks. They're very new and old school tat guys are biased against them ("If you don't want it to last forever you shouldn't be getting inked in the first place!") so it's tough to find a shop that uses those inks.
And now we get to the reason I responded....
Ragnarok wrote:...when I broke my arm a few years back, I covered my cast with Elven runes drawn in Sharpie.
Although that wasn't exactly permanent - nor was it too obviously "nerdish", because most people wouldn't recognise the exact source.
Au contraire... It is EXTREMELY nerdish. Almost as nerdy as this....