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The Reality of Tattoo Regret

In the tattoo world, regret is unfortunately a normal part of the industry. Tattoo regret can come about for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common occurs with relationship tattoos. Getting a tattoo for a significant other or close friend often ends in catastrophe, as these relationships are temporary but tattoos are permanent. Another reason that someone may experience tattoo regret is poor technical or artistic application. Many people don't realize that their tattoo was applied poorly until it's already too late, leaving them wishing they could have done better research. Lastly, people can regret getting a tattoo in an extremely visible place, such as the chest, hands, neck and even face.

Regardless of why you regret your tattoos, it's important to understand your options. And in 2018, with the current technology of the tattoo industry, there are three main options for dealing with a regrettable tattoo.

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Live With It

Perhaps the most obvious solution for dealing with a regrettable tattoo is to live with it and not do anything at all. While not doing anything won't change the physical tattoo, changing your mindset can make a huge difference. Unless the tattoo is ruining your personal or professional life, there's nothing wrong with leaving it be and changing your tune.


Opt For a Coverup

However, for some tattoo collectors, leaving a regrettable tattoo alone is not an option. Instead, they opt for a coverup to rid them of a tattoo they hate. When it comes to a tattoo coverup, there are a number of steps you need to follow to ensure success. First off, a coverup needs to be larger and darker than the original piece. Therefore, many artists recommend lightening a tattoo with laser before covering it up. Second, a client needs to be realistic when it comes to a feasible coverup. Traditionally, heavily saturated blacks are ideal for a tattoo coverup. However, each situation is unique and you'll want to consult with your artist before justing in to a coverup.


Try Laser Tattoo Removal

Lastly, the most effective method for getting rid of a regrettable tattoo is laser removal. Over the past several decades, the technology for laser tattoo removal has improved tremendously—making it possible to remove any tattoos if the client is willing to dedicate the time and money. The process of removing a tattoo depends on each person, as a technician will need to alter their process depending on how the client reacts to the laser. Some tattoos will disappear within a session or two, whereas other pieces may take 10 to 15 sessions to complete. The process of laser tattoo removal is completely relative, however, almost everyone will tell you that it's totally worth it.


Share Your Thoughts

What do you think about tattoo regret? Do you regret any of your tattoos? Are you considering covering up or removing a regrettable tattoo? Or do you plan to live with your ink until the end of time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section on Facebook.