According to the 2015 Harris Poll, 47% of Millenials and 36% of Gen Xers have at least one tattoo. With so many tattoos out there, there’s plenty of potential for a lot of bad tattoos out there. But just because tattoos are “permanent” doesn’t mean you have to live with tattoo regret forever. If you’re stuck with a tattoo you no longer want, here are just a few options for you to consider:
Tattoo Cover Up Designs
If the tattoo you’ve decided you no longer want is fairly small, it’s possible that the answer to bad ink is more ink. A cover-up tattoo is exactly what it sounds like: a larger tattoo that goes directly over the unwanted tattoo. Some cover-ups are small adjustments to existing tattoos; for example, a tattoo of an ex’s name might be crossed out with the name still being partially visible. However, most cover-ups are larger, more substantial pieces designed to fully hide the original bad tattoos. If you’re already considering a larger tattoo anyway, this might be the best option for you. On the other hand, if you’ve decided that you no longer want ink at all, there are options for you as well.
Laser Tattoo Removal
While this is the more expensive option by far, it is the only way currently to remove an unwanted tattoo entirely without getting more ink to cover it up. Laser tattoo removal uses, as the name would imply, lasers aimed at the ink to break the pigment down into sizes that the body can process, essentially speeding up the fading process dramatically. It is possible that the tattoo will never fully fade, but for most people, bad tattoos are near invisible after a few treatments. If you have a tattoo you truly regret and don’t want to cover up with larger ink, consider looking into laser tattoo removal.
Even if tattoos are supposedly forever, if you’ve gotten some bad tattoos that you no longer want, there are options to make sure you’re not stuck with that decision. Between cover up tattoos and laser removal, you have plenty of ways to make sure that tattoo mistake isn’t entirely permanent.