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Tattoo Regrets- Different People, Different Stories

Posted by Ann V. On 2018 Jul 10th

Tattoo Regrets- Different People, Different Stories

Despite of being extra careful, there can be chances of choosing a wrong tattoo design. Here you will read four different tattoo stories and the cause which made them regret later.

Tattoos are meant to be permanent, right?

So you would be advised to get the best design. But do you know almost half of the population between 18 and 35 deals with tattoos regret later? Yes, the number of people making a wrong decision is increasing.

Are you planning to get a tattoo? Definitely, you don’t want to end up with a wrong choice. The best thing you can do is consult your artist. And why not learn a little more from people’s experience.

Get into detail and find out what these four people have to say. Their experiences will help you avoid the reasons which cause regret. Have a look:

Tattoo has gone wrong

"My girlfriend and I got the word 'promise' tattooed on our wrists. And it is one of my most regrettable life decisions for sure. Right after ending my relationship with her, things started becoming difficult for me. I was always distracted by that ‘promise’ which was never fulfilled.” ~Jeff, 28

When it comes to the king of all regrettable tattoos, those based on relationships are there to rule. Not only normal people but also it has happened to celebrities. For instance, Angelina Jolie, it was during her second marriage to Billy Bob Thornton when she got a dragon tattoo with his name. Later after passing through the bad phase in their relationship, he had to get the tattoo removed.

Of course, no one wants a reminder of a failed relationship, right? Bearing that reminder every day for rest of your life is not a feasible option. You won’t be able to stir up bad memories every now and then. And yes, it would somewhere impede your future relationships too.

Tattoo at a young age

Do you remember some of the dreadful decisions you made as a teen? It is usually found that teenagers make impulsive decisions. As far as the science behind is concerned, it is due the frontal cortex – a part of the brain which is in charge of reasoning has not been fully developed by that time. Even the smartest young people fail to make a reasonable decision.

Fortunately, most of the decisions at such a tender age don’t remain as physical marks on our body. But then there are some acts like getting a wrong tattoo which can affect you in long term.

"Yes, I regret mine immensely! While I was studying in London, I got a chance to spend a weekend in Edinburgh. And this was the place where it got it done on a whim. That tattoo artist screwed it up and the part of it wasn't even. Needless to say, I felt bad for the same later and lived with two small teardrops for four years. Now I am 26 and last year got it covered-up." ~William R.

Tattoos at a wrong place

"Today I feel zero connection with my dragon tattoo on my lower back. As this one is not even on my lower back, it appears somewhere on the more mid-to-low back. This makes it crappier. It would be wrong to say that I don't regret it. But the problem is that I just don't feel anything for it. That spontaneous decision made in high school disturbs me at a time.” ~Olivia

It would be hard to define which part of the body is worse are to have a tattoo. But for different people, it can be a reason of concern in a later phase of life. Just in a passionate mode or being in love, one can take a doubtful chance for which they have to regret later in life. Hence, you need to be very careful and ask your artist about the most suitable area to get tattooed.

Tattoos under the influence

You might have met many people who just got a tattoo for the reason their best friend had one. If you are also admiring someone’s art deeply, don’t push yourself to get the same thing done unnecessarily. Decisions which you take in a hurry and after being influenced by someone will not be working for you.

"I thought I really loved that infinity sign tattoo which my classmate had. But I started hating the same when I just passed out my college. First of all, it was becoming a hindrance to getting a job. Then it was not suitable for my personality. Ultimately, I have to get it removed"


Simply, be patient and wise. Tattooing doesn’t need to be a rapid decision. Also, you need to understand that it will be a painful process. Ink pigments are deposited beneath the skin surface using a needle. Hence, it will cause some pain to you.

But you can escape the pain easily now. You can switch to a topical anesthetic cream like Dr. Numb®. It comes with 5% lidocaine and can be applied to all skin types. By blocking the pain signals, it will make your skin numb and the process of tattooing painless.