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Have You Ever Regretted a Tattoo?

Fifty-eight percent of you said you're are turned on by tattoos and although just as many women get them as men, a study published earlier this week concluded that women remove tattoos more often than men. The 2006 study in the Archives of Dermatology said:

Women also reported that they felt stigmatized by the tattoos. For example, 93 percent said having to hide the tattoos on occasion was a factor in the removal compared with 20 percent of men. About 40 percent of women endured negative comments at work, in public or in school compared with 5 percent of men.


Since laser tattoo removal is painful and expensive, tattoos should still be looked at as permanent. But for all you inked women out there, whether it's because you feel stigmatized or you've simply grown out of them, tell me, do you regret any of your tattoos? If so, have you, or would you consider removing them?

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drea-nicole drea-nicole 7 years
I think someone should put together a coffee table book with pics of tattoos and the stories behind them. I feel really bad for people who end up regretting their tattoos. I love all mine. And because they are all custom and/or have meaning I know I won't regret them.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 7 years
my bff took her babies foot stamps to the tattoo parlor, and he tattooed them onto her left shoulder blade. he shaded them so it looks like they just stamped them on her back...and then added her daughter's name and birthday. If i were to get one...that one just seems right!
CoMMember13630786602261 CoMMember13630786602261 7 years
I have 5 tattoos and I dont regret any of them. But none of them were spur of the moment decisions either. Whenever I decide I want a tattoo I usually wait about 6 months before I get it. just to make sure its really something I want.And none of them are just random things...they all have signicant meaning to me.
sldc sldc 7 years
I am too capricious for tattoos! Not that it is my style anyway... I think they look cool on other people though.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 7 years
I've considered getting a tattoo, but I know I'll regret it. No one I know really thinks it will make me look better, and I don't have a need for it. The ink gets faded and widens in the skin, making it look a little tacky without yearly touch-ups. However, it would be nice to get one to remind of an obstacle I ever overcome or an important person that has passed. Too bad I'm also a wimp and a prude about doing anything permanent to my body.
appreciated appreciated 7 years
I have 3...One is 'survivor' in Ukranian on my wrist because I have survived cancer. Another is LP for Linkin Park, the band I chose to meet with Make a Wish Foundation and have since met twice. And I have a butterfly on my shoulder. If any I regret my butterfly...but not really. I just wish I could put something cooler there but its not like I dislike it. I'd just like to have put something else there :) I plan on getting a flowery foot tattoo and some lyrics under the LP next.
cjmara805 cjmara805 7 years
I've been considering a specific tattoo for about 3 years now... haven't decided on the details or location yet though. Guess I'll be thinking about it for another 3 years!
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
luckily no..
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I somewhat regret mine now. But overall, I'm at peace with it, so it's fine. I got my tattoo many years ago (about half my lifetime ago). At the time, I had a psychological need for the tattoo. The tattoo had an important meaning to me. Right now, I've outgrown that need. That's why there's a small measure of regret. But like I said, I made peace with that tattoo. I see it as part of my history. That history is literally documented on my body, and I think that's okay. Sometimes I look at my tattoo, and I'm pleased by how far I've come. Fortunately, my tattoo is somewhat private. It's easily covered with regular clothing.
graylen graylen 7 years
Also- I do always feel bad when I see people with tattoos that seem ridiculous for a lifetime- i.e. I saw a girl (probably 18/19) who had a giant red CareBear on her inner wrist. I was a CareBear lover at 10, but when I'm 65? Probably not!
graylen graylen 7 years
ThePerfectScore- I love this: "I'm getting a small bird with the words Alis volat propriis... She flies with her own wings in Latin." That could be really beautiful. I'm not a tatt person. I just change my mind/style all the time and can't imagine I'd be happy with one thing permanently on my body for the rest of my life.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
No I don't have one yet.
superjules superjules 7 years
No regrets. About anything ever. I have 9 and will be getting more as long as I can afford them. That is hilarious that people think they're a sign of the devil. As if there were such a thing as the devil! I love morons, they make me feel so good about myself.
RocknBabe RocknBabe 7 years
I have a tattoo on my hip that is for 'special' people or anyone who sees me in a bathing suit. I also have a small one on my wrist. It's noticeable but it's me. I do cover it up with a watch or makeup when I'm trying to impress people for a job but I love it.
jessie jessie 7 years
NO, they all took a lot of thought. and when i get old at least i can say, i lived life how i thought fit. and have no regrets
Megatron Megatron 7 years
Unfortunately, yes i do regret one of my tattoos. Removal is not an option and it can't really be changed into anything else. Thank goodness it's in a place that is covered on me most of the time.
westendgrrrl westendgrrrl 7 years
i have a half sleeve and four other tattoos. i regret none of them as i know each and every one of them is right for me. i chose carefully and i couldn't be happier. the thing that kills me..... i've had so many older women come up and ask me what kind of an example i'm setting for my child. or, how can i, as a mother, present myself in such a way. when you love your tattoos, you learn to let that kind of crap roll off your back. it's still just insane someone would believe i don't know how to parent or would assume i'm not a good parent simply because i have lots of tattoos.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 7 years
I am a piercing girl. I have 16...just in my ears and tongue. the tongue has grown over, and while I don't wear a lot of earring to work, i still put them all in from time to time to ensure none of them grow over!
kia kia 7 years
My three tattoos were well-planned and done by quality artists. I don't regret them. I got a large piece that I debated seven years on just to make sure I really wanted it.
quitecontrary quitecontrary 7 years
I woke up one morning with the idea for mine- I'm NOT a tatt girl- and I chose well. I made it in a discreet place and in mirror image, so only I can read it. it says: PASSION. -it's the most important concept in the universe (passion in life, love, work, self) and when I had it done, I knew that if I ever looked at it in mirror and regretted it- that meant that something was not right in my life. It's in a place on my upper back that is never revealed and I will NEVER regret it. But, I HATE the trashy lower back tattoos!!!! Here in Italy they call them "cum-catchers"!?!??! I can't imagine growing old with some silly butterfly coming out of your butt!?
havok636 havok636 7 years
i have 4, and i love all of them. i got my first one as soon as i turned 18. i was that weird kid that sat in the back of class coloring on herself when i was little. definitely more to come. each one has a story and remind me of that time in my life. the one on my forearm is a celtic cross with a claddagh in the middle, and my mom got it too on her back. it was my 19th birthday present from her. a lot of people can't believe i talked my mother into getting one. if you knew her, you'd understand
kayla74 kayla74 7 years
I got mine after my wonderful friend's funeral four years ago. I went in and asked for it and the tattoo guy showed me pictures of all the other tattoos just like it he did that day. I love that all these strangers to me loved my friend so much they wanted to remember him just like I did. I don't think that kind of love is something I'll ever regret. [It's 1 inch by 2 inches on the inside of my ankle.] My boss has made a lot of comments about it, even going as far as talking with a few other people for 15 minutes in front of me about how tattoos ruin people's lives. It really makes me mad and makes me want to get more just to make her have to look at them.
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