I probably shouldn't have replied to with a post, since I knew right off that you were looking for ideas. You didn't ask anyone's opinion about having or gettting a tatoo. I just felt the need to put my two cents in anyway. I meant what I said in a nice way.
Up until my daughter turned 18 she wouldn't have been allowed to add a tatoo or piercing to her body.( except the two holes she has in her earlobes) She brought the idea up about the belly piercing which her dad was against more then I was. He was concerned about it somehow causing problems when and if she ever got pregnant. I figured she was just talking, being she hates needles and pain. When she had her ears pierced, in the beginning she passed out while turning them. She actually had to have them done twice, because she took her earrings out too soon after the piercing and they closed up.
She's 18 now, so she's on her own about the decisions she makes regarding her body. She is the one who has to live with herself, whatever choices she makes.
About the drugs, of course a piercing is a much better choice. Drugs is not an option as far as I'm concerned. She would have no reason to turn to them in the first place. There is nothing lacking in her life, there's always been open communication at home, and parents who have been good role models for her, who have always believed in setting a good example for their children to follow. The biggest struggle if any would have to be peer pressure, which she has always been able to overcome.