Deciding on a tattoo can be a lengthy and thoughtful process.
Maybe a meaningful phrase or the portrait of a loved one?
Or maybe just the full Indian takeaway order of Smithy from Gavin and Stacey?
Smithy's order of a "chicken bhuna, lamb bhuna and prawn bhuna, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan and 9 poppadoms" has become a much loved quote from the BBC series - which is mainly set in Barry Island in south Wales.
So loved that a man called Vern Slade, from Newcastle, has displayed his newly acquired body art on Twitter - although there is one problem - the order isn't complete.
The post prompted some to point out he'd left the all important 'Keema Naan' off the list that led Vern's friend, David McAllister - who'd been with him on the same holiday in Zante - to joke that the tattooist had been allergic to the item and had to leave it off.
And all the pain turned out to be worth it for Vern, with James Corden aka Smithy - spotting the snap on Facebook and later tweeting to enquire - "Is this real?!!!"
The 'phoning for a takeaway' scene became famous after airing in the show's third season which sees Smithy suffering a mini-meltdown over the protocol of ordering a selection of curries for a large group of people.
"I can guarantee someone, probably Stacey, will have ordered a korma and, to me, korma is pointless... futile. I won't touch it," he ranted.
"But I also guarantee someone else, probably Pete, is already eyeing up my bhunas - they're MY bhunas, Pete!"
The scene ends with Smithy refusing to share his food with anyone and deciding to eat his order alone in his car, away from grabbing hands.