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The No-Regrets Tattoo is On Its Way

A new tattoo ink may make tattoo regret a thing of the past. Due to hit tattoo parlors this fall, Freedom-2 is a permanent but (relatively) easily removable ink. Right now, tattoo removal requires a lengthy, painful and expensive series of laser treatments. But Freedom-2 tattoos can be removed with just one such treatment.

The science behind this ink is pretty cool: The biodegradable, bioabsorbable dyes (such as cosmetic-grade iron oxide, a relative of rust) are packed into microscopic polymer beads. When they're hit with a laser, they burst and dissolve.

I'm guessing that tattoo purists will scoff—after all, if you get a tattoo, you know it's permanent. But I know quite a few people who wished they hadn't gotten a band tattoo on their backs, too. This ink would be perfect for people who want a tattoo for the rest of their lives, but prefer to have a little insurance policy in case they no longer want that horrible bottom tattoo. What do you think—would you get a tat with this ink, or do you think that a tattoo is forever?


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diorbaby diorbaby 9 years
I would like to get a tattoo, and I will definitely get one with this ink if I do! So that way when I get old and saggy or have a runway show that it doesn't work with I can just get it removed!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I can't wait a year to get a tattoo. Every one of my tattoos has been about a month between "I want this" and actually getting it done. I think a year's wait is a good general idea, but not logical for all people. Some of us just know what we want and if we'll regret it later.
inadee inadee 9 years
I would never get a tattoo but I think that's a great idea.
calamityjen calamityjen 9 years
This is something I would be interested in. I am a commit-o-phobe of the highest level, so if I ever do get a tattoo, I'd go for this ink. :)
kelli07 kelli07 9 years
Now I wish I had waited to get my tattoo.
sapphiresecret sapphiresecret 9 years
I would consider it if it was proven safe. Also does the ink look the same as regular tattoos? If so, then yea I would use it.
bugness bugness 9 years
Also, I think the only relationship in your life worth tattooing is one that you have with your children. I see nothing at all wrong with tattooing your kids' names. My grandfather has a strange tattoo that I didn't get for years. It's a heart with thorny roses (if I remember correctly) and a big black banner. I found out later that he had tattooed some girl's name on his arm, and when he got married, there was no removal process but to just put ink over the name. I always wondered what that other girl's story was since he had to be in his early early 20's.
bugness bugness 9 years
It sounds pretty cool, and I think it's a great idea for those people who THINK they're going to love it forever. My theory on tattoos is, though, you should think about what you want for at least a year. If you plan out a design and still want it just as bad a year later, then you know you're committed to it. Another one that I like is from one of my favorite teachers. She said she waited until she was 30 years old, because it was young enough to be "hip" but old enough to have a clearer window into the future.
BelleRose BelleRose 9 years
Sounds like a good idea to me.
LexzCW LexzCW 9 years
I've always kind of wanted a tattoo, but forever is a really long commitment, and for me the chances are pretty good that in 20 years the tattoo won't match my personal style any more. So, I think that this is a great option; it's permanent enough if you love the tattoo, but not take it to the grave permanent if you don't.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I always wondered why they didn't make tattoo ink that only lasted a certain amount of time, then faded fast. Like, it only lasts a year, then fades out. I always thought that should be possible.
z0mbieFck z0mbieFck 9 years
aahh greggie, what you said about the artist no matter how good they are still being able to mess it up hits me hard in the chest literally...cause that's what happened with my chest piece, i like it, love it actually, but if you look closely, like i can obviously, you see the lines aren't as straight as they can be, im planning to get it redone when i have enough money...the one on my left arm and the ones on my wrists turned out great though. as far as location and age...i get that all the time, people wondering what mine will look like once it pretty much leaves the chest and winds up on my stomach...but fine with it and im planning to add to my chest piece.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I actually think that's a good idea. Why not.
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 9 years
This is a good idea for girls who impulsively get tramp stamps of butterflies that later look like fire-breathing dragons after a few years.
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
I have to wonder about how that would affect the quality of the color of the inks.
KiwiLu KiwiLu 9 years
I don't have any tattoos and I don't think i will be ever getting one, but this is a good idea.
beautyaddict beautyaddict 9 years
i like the idea of this newer type of tat ink. but i not sure my skin could handle the damage of any tattoo process regardless of the ink because i scar very easily. tattoos still have apeal to me though and if i got one it would need to have a story behide it like the tattos on miami ink.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Greggie, that reminds me of a fairly recent news story out of Chicago. Some guy went in to get CHI-TOWN tattooed along his collarbone. Except... The tattoo artist wasn't paying attention that day, and tattooed CHI-TONW. Understandably, the client was upset and took the guy to court. But the oddest thing is, now, in "solidarity," a bunch of people are getting CHI-TONW tattoos. I cannot think of a dumber thing to do.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
The thing is, you can research and plan and wait until you're absolutely certain it's what you want, and the tattoo artist can still completely mess it up even if he/she has a great reputation. Once that blue template is on and you approve it, you pretty much have to trust that they're following the lines. It's not always regret over simply getting one at all that ends in wanting it changed, but an error beyond your control.
tickintime tickintime 9 years
This would be perfect for those who run out and get their bf, gf or spouses name on their arm.
slumberlite slumberlite 9 years
I guess removable ink would work for non-committal types like me, but the beauty of a tattoo is the idea of permanence. My position on tattoos has always been "What will it look like when I'm old?" The answer to that question always stops me from getting one. Choose your tattoos and locations wisely.
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