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Tattoo Regret

Updated on June 26, 2011

Regretting Tattoos

It is almost a rite of passage today to get a tattoo. Tattoo regret is common. In fact, according to dermatological studies some 50% of people who have a tattoo would like to have it removed. This may apply to one particular tattoo or all of them.

Whereas the popularity of tattoos is not diminishing and tattoo parlours continue to flourish and so too does the number of dermatologists who specialise in tattoo removal.

The real problem with tattoos is that people really do not spend too much time thinking about them. It is not like a new hairstyle or colour. The tattoo is more or less a permanent feature. True enough a tattoo can be removed but it is not easy, is time consuming, is not always effective and can be painful. It is also extremely expensive. People regret tattoos all the time.

In 2000 it was estimated that some 40 million Americans have tattoos. That is an awful lot of regrets.


Major regret tattoos

Tattoos can easily be divided into groups. Some groups are much more likely to be 'regret tattoos' than others.

Major regret tattoos:

  • Tattoos which are visible when you are fully clothed i.e. on the head, neck, backs of hands.
  • Tattoos on arms, visible in a short sleeved shirt or blouse.
  • Tattoos which incorporate a lover or partners name.
  • Gang tattoos.
  • Any tattoo added when inebriated.
  • Any tattoo done to impress someone else.
  • Tattoos which will mean nothing in ten years time.

These major regret tattoos are the ones most likely to cause problems later in life.

Temporary Tattoos

Any tattoo, wherever it is going to be on the body needs a lot of forethought. The first thought should be, what is the point? Followed up quickly with, why?

There are any number of suppliers of temporary tattoos today. This is the way forward. It should be a requirement that a non permanent tattoo be the first consideration. If, after three months the customer is still happy with it then they could go with the real thing.

An alternative could be a black light tattoo, only visible under UV lights in clubs at night.



The only really cool tattoo

The only really cool tattoo is the invisible (Sak Yant) tattoo. The invisible tattoo is clear oil put into the skin instead of ink. This oil has been blessed by Buddhist monks and is said to offer some magical protection to those who wear it. No-one can see the tattoo, but it is there.

How cool is that?

Sak Yant Tattoo


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  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    Hello, hello, - I am sure you are not boring. Exactly the opposite. Thanks for reading.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    Interesting hub but I never could see the point. I am just an old bore lol.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    Granny's House - I daresay your reason is shared by some 60% of those who decide not to have a tattoo. Thanks for reading.

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    Granny's House 

    7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    Great hub. I do not have any. I was always afraid of what they would look like when I got older and the skin starts to sag and wrinkle. LOL

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank you Clare-Louise. No regrets is fine and that is how it should be.

    Tattoos don't usually come up in my day to day conversation but out of people I know well over half regret either one or all.

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    7 years ago from Birmingham UK

    Hi Peter, enjoyable hub. I have to say I have two tattoos and i don't regret them at all... but then i avoided all those pit-falls. they are on my foot and ankle so can easily be revealed or hidden dependant on my mood, and i spent years before taking the plunge. also the subject is personal to me, not driven by fashion or another person... so i guess i'm a non-regretting example. to be honest i feel more myself now that i've got them. planning my next one at the moment. but i completely agree impetuous tattoos can go wrong!

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    travel_man1971 - No regrets...good. Shows that you thought it out first.

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    Ireno Alcala 

    7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    Just commented on your Sak Yant hub and loved the invisible tattoo. Tattoo regret? I don't have any.


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