Reasons Why People Regret Their Tattoos

  • 20th November 2017

It’s estimated that 1 in every 3 tattooed people will regret a piece of their ink at some point. Tattoo regret is a real issue, but thankfully modern technology means that there are affordable and effective options available to remove unwanted body art.

What are the main reasons for tattoo regret?

Spelling errors

There’s nothing worse than coming up with a tattoo containing text, and only realising after your artist has finished that there’s a grave spelling error. Whether it’s a missing letter, an extra letter, or just completely the wrong word – a mistake can ruin your tattoo forever.

Grammatical errors

The only thing that’s worse than a spelling error is a grammatical error. A tiny little apostrophe added by mistake can change the entire meaning of the word or sentence being written, and therefore the meaning of the whole tattoo.

*facepalm* 😳😁 #tattoo #tattoofails #tattoofail #ink #inked #fail

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Uncomfortable ex’s names

Getting a tattoo to represent someone else can be a lovely gesture, and sometimes people choose to get their loved one’s names permanently etched onto their skin. When relationships turn sour, all that’s left is heartbreak and a regrettable tattoo.

Dodgy portraits

Many people tattoo realistic portraits to pay homage to celebrities, or to remember loved ones. Unfortunately, sometimes the resemblance leaves a lot to be desired. Even if just a few elements are off, it can be very hard to fix the portrait and make it recognisable to others.

Cant beat a bit of freehand ;) #tattoo #fail #tattoofail #inked

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Switched meanings

Sometimes a tattoo can take on a completely new meaning, different to the one you originally intended. A word or picture that used to be completely innocent could suddenly become a symbol for something else. This can cause big problems, especially if the ‘something else’ is rude or offensive.

The ‘good idea at the time’

Perhaps the worst of the whole lot. These are the tattoos received in the middle of the night on holiday, or at a mate’s house who just happens to like stick and poke. There is perhaps a drink or two involved. Sadly, what your friends think is funny at the time doesn’t always make a tattoo you want to display. Instead, you have tattoo regret.

Brand logos

It seemed like a great idea at the time. Get a tattoo of your favourite restaurant, show it off, and enjoy free food for the rest of your life. But sometimes it might not work out the way you imagined, and you come to regret that Nandos chicken on your forearm.

But don't worry! It happens to the best of us.

Celebrities like Eva Longoria, Britney Spears, 50 Cent and Mark Wahlberg are some of the well-known celebrities who have decided to get their tattoos removed in recent years. Angelina Jolie famously got a tattoo of her ex-husband’s name removed from her left arm and replaced with the coordinates of her children’s birthplaces. Johnny Depp also had ‘Winona Forever’ emblazoned on his right shoulder, in tribute to his then girlfriend Winona Ryder. Thanks to some skilled laser removal, it now reads ‘Wino Forever’, and the original meaning (and his tattoo regret) has been erased forever!

A massive 69% of women and 31% of men would like tattoo removal. The top reasons for making the change vary: 58% just decided to remove it; 57% suffered embarrassment; 38% had lowered body image; 38% had a new job/career; 37% had a problem with clothes, and 25% experienced stigma.

There are many other reasons why people choose to remove their tattoos, even if it’s just to get rid of one to put another in its place! Fortunately, there’s no need for an old tattoo to restrict you. With laser tattoo removal the possibilities are endless.

If you think that Laser Tattoo Removal might be the right treatment for you, then let us find the best provider in your local area today!