When you visit a tattoo/piercing shop in India: 1) Doors to new accessorizing possibilities open. 2) Little Indian men covered with tattoos can convince you to take up an Ayurvedic herbal supplement routine to decrease anxiety and balance your doshas (faults). 3) Home accents ranging from miniature bicycles to Tibetan prayer flags to lithographs of Bob Marley are available for purchase. 4) You learn, very quickly, what separates an artist from a con-artist. And you are thankful for your friends that the former is the one they've chosen for the job. 5) No matter how old you get, you still need a friend to tell you your new accessory looks good. And that you can always take it out if you don't like it. 6) Your eyes will tear, not from the piercing, but from the pungent smell of onionsseeping through the wall from the deli next door.