What should you do when you thought you finally have the perfect tattoo only to find out that it's not what you really want?
Nope, this isn't a love advice column. But since tattoos equals love, it's pretty close. As people are getting tattooed more than ever now, the number of them hitting the laser removal clinics are higher than ever as well. But that’s not entirely because people keep getting shitty tattoos either. These tattoos can be remnants of fallen relationships, victims of outdated trends, or a first tattoo you’re no longer too fond of. Even the people like actress Megan Fox who have perfectly good tattoos will still want to get rid of them for different reason.
But let’s stop beating around the bush and get it straight here: you can never get a tattoo completely removed. That’s technically speaking because the ink won’t go away just by getting it all covered up nor will the ink complete “fade” when you get it lasered. This is maybe not the time for the “told you so” kind of talk and let’s just say you bit the bullet too soon and now you’re way into deep that you’d really much rather rip your skin out than have to live with that forsaken tattoo.
Well, there are three things you can think about before ordering some sketchy “DIY tattoo removal kit” online.
1. Remove it
That’s the main point, isn’t it? Spend a few hundred or thousand dollars to be sat on a leather chair once again for a good few minutes of writhing in agony. Not to kill your spirit or anything but the same with choosing a tattoo artist, you also have to be mindful and aware of the expert performing the laser removal on you. Especially if you’re planning to get it covered up soon after. That’s because not all laser tattoo removal sessions turn out the same. In some cases, the skin becomes itchy, reddish, and distended.
Laser isn't the only tattoo removal process available these days, though. You may contact the guys at Tatt2Away, a fairly new tattoo removal process. In some cases, the Tatt2Away procedures have better results than that of a typical laser removal surgery. The main downside to Tatt2Away is that they currently have few branches in both the US and Australis. You may read more about it here.
2. Re-work it
Reworking it or getting it covered up can do wonders if you come to the right person with the right vision in mind to get the old thing fixed up. You have to listen to what these guys have to say because they often know what they’re doing. You may have a clear idea in mind but any self-respecting artist will speak up and point out why they don’t think your idea will work. Besides, most artists do their best when they’re not being too restrained and limited.
However, if you’re not keen on whatever they may have in mind you shouldn’t feel pressured to go through with it but always seek second opinion. Don’t act in haste and most importantly, don’t commit the same mistake twice. Or else, you might end up like these guys.
3. Rock it!
You don’t want to hear this but there are instances that you don’t get to part ways with that tattoo. This is when you get your head around to accepting that piece as part of the family, part of you—the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s not always going to be easy but it’s not impossible.
I know some tattoo artists who do have awful tattoos on their legs or arms that I wouldn’t be proud of either but they refuse to get it removed because those tattoos have been there when they were just starting out and have been part of the journey.
Other people find humour in the tattoos they don’t want instead of getting it fully covered up. Instead of burying it for good, they find ways to make something better out of it. That’s not always the available option but you have to give it to these kinds of people for the spirit.