Tattoo removals are on the rise, here's how you can avoid tattoo regret
If my 16-year-old self had gotten her way, I'd have a rose tattoo on my ankle and a lightning bolt on my rib cage. Something tells me, though, that I wouldn't be so happy about those decisions now as a 30-something, barely functioning adult.
I'm not the only one who's grappled with the thought of tattoo remorse. According to consumer watchdog, Choice, more than a quarter of Australians under 30 have ink, but not all of them stay excited about their tattoo choices in the long run. One in three Australians reportedly regret their ink choices completely.
Misspelt words, ex-partner's names and pop culture tattoos have got to be some of the most regretted pieces of ink going round.
Before you go and get your body painted with that buzzing needle, keep these things in mind and do without the tattoo remorse.
If you are going to go down the pop culture route, then keep it simple:
If your tattoo is a word or a sentence, double and triple check that the spelling is correct and make sure the words will always matter to you:
Tattoos that signify something life-affirming, like battling an illness or beating breast cancer, are always something you're going to be proud of:
Memorial tattoos like this one, where a dad had his son's last drawing tattooed onto his arm, are nothing short of beautiful:
These parents got a birthmark tattoo to make sure their little girl didn't feel so different. How could you ever regret a tattoo like that?
Do you have a tattoo you want to share with us? Let us know all about it in the comments section below.
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