Just like most things in life, getting tattoos is more fun in pairs. This could explain why going with friends to the tattoo parlor is long-standing tradition. Your tattoos don't have to be matching to make it an occasion. It's just good to be with someone who has your back when someone else is carving on it. Even if your buddy doesn't want her own tattoo, see if she'll come along for company and support. Plus, it never hurts to get a second opinion.