14 Jun

Tattoo Regret – Why I’m Having My Tattoo Removed

tattoo removalOn June 7, 2015, I got my first tattoo. Now a year later, I want to get it removed. It’s crazy to think how my mind has completely changed on having tattoos. When I first wanted to get one, I was excited and eager to get something that I would want forever. I got it on my arm so that I could easily cover it while wearing a shirt. However, I noticed that when I wear short-sleeved t-shirts, the bottom of my tattoo would still peek through, and people would question what was on my arm.

My decision to get my tattoo removed is not based on others judging me. I simply started to realize I get no pleasure from having anything on my body that’s permanent. Especially now that I understand your skin doesn’t stay radiant forever. Eventually, I will start getting wrinkles, and that tattoo will look terrible. I also see my friends having to re-ink the tattoo as it begins to fade over time. It’s just too much of a hassle to make it look presentable at all times. These are all things I did not consider when I decided to get a tattoo.

It’s safe to say that I regret making the decision so rapidly. I mentioned in my blog post when I first got my tattoo that my mother always said no. I respected what she wanted. She gave in only if I got it where no one could see, but here’s the problem, I can see it. I see it every day. When I wake up, when I sleep, when I shower, the tattoo is there. It’s important that if you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, make sure that you are 1000% sure this is something you’re okay with forever.

Luckily, laser tattoo removal is available, and because I only have black ink on mine, it should be an easy process. From what others are telling me, it’s still going to be expensive. Most likely three or four times more the cost of actually getting the tattoo. Additionally, I hear that it’s a bit more painful, but I think it will be worth feeling uncomfortable for an hour over a lifetime of feeling miserable with this tattoo.

I was referred to Dr. Khorsandi from a good friend of mine. I’ll be visiting his clinic in Las Vegas next week for my first consultation. If you are in the same boat as me, and you’re interested in laser tattoo removal, be sure to check out www.VIPtattooremoval.com. From what I can tell, he does incredible work. Examples of his work can be seen here. They exclusively use the picosure laser as well, which supposedly is the least painful and most effective. I’ll be sure to report back after my first session and show everyone my results.

I can’t believe I am more excited to get my tattoo removed than I was getting my first tattoo. Please do not make the same mistake I have made. Think thoroughly throughout all your decisions. Otherwise, you will be shot a few thousand dollars, as well as a horrible healing process.

6 Aug

Learning to Love Your Tattoo

Many people get tattoos without fully thinking through the implications of having a picture on one’s body forever. They liked the tattoos well enough when they were very young, and now, they have grown weary of them. Tattoos can be removed, but the process is very expensive and painful. A lot of people would prefer to have the tattoos than the scars associated with the tattoo removal. These people are simply going to have to take the opposite strategy of learning how to love the tattoos that they have disavowed.

For one thing, people in that situation should remember all the reasons why they got the tattoos in the first place. Many people get tattoos for the sake of bonding with a peer group, but other people get tattoos for personal reasons. Plenty of tattoos hold deep person significance, and many of them have symbolic value in general and symbolic value for individual people. The individuals who have come to regret getting certain tattoos should try to rediscover the reasons why they got their tattoos in the first place, which can help them recapture their love.

Some tattoos are going to be easier to live with than others, of course. Some people end up getting tattoos announcing their love for another person, and they may or may not fall out of love with that person at some point during the relationship. However, the tattoo will still be there, advertising a love that does not exist. People in that situation should consider the option of having their tattoos modified. This can sometimes allow them to keep the tattoos while still helping them deal with the negative feelings that they have developed about those tattoos.

Tattoos that are located in a very conspicuous place are going to be harder to deal with than those that are located somewhere more discrete. The people who have neck tattoos are going to have to deal with wearing turtlenecks for the rest of their lives unless they get the tattoos removed, which is going to be an especially painful process in that area. The people who have arm tattoos will find it easier to hide them, but they will still have to wear long sleeves to hide them, limiting their options. While people who are going to job interviews are only going to have so many options, in other situations, they should simply wear what they want and embrace their otherness.

People with tattoos actively wanted to look different. They wanted to modify their appearance according to their standards, and not society’s standards. The people who regret that decision should try to recapture those feelings. They can return to the mindset they had when they got their tattoos. Getting the tattoos modified is sometimes going to be easier logistically or emotionally than having them removed altogether. People don’t have to spend the rest of their lives mourning a hasty decision to get a tattoo. Working towards self-acceptance is often going to produce better results.

7 Jun

I Got My First Tattoo Today

I’ve always been hesitant about getting a tattoo. When I was younger, my parents would often talk down upon them and make them seem like they were completely inappropriate. Even though I’ve always wanted one, I could never shake off my mother’s voice telling me how upset she would be if I ever were to get one. That was years and years ago. Back then, tattoos were looked down upon. These days, if you turn on a televised sporting event, you’ll notice how many professional athletes have tattoos. Whether it’s a basketball game or a soccer game, you’ll notice the majority of the players have tattoos. It’s become much more socially acceptable to have a tattoo, and that’s why I took the plunge and finally got one.

One thing I did do is I respected my mother’s wishes. She finally gave in and knew it was inevitable that I was going to get one, so she had one request, get it where no one could see with clothing on. I could live with that. Much like Kevin Durant, his mother had the same request. If you watch Kevin Durant playing, you’ll never see any tattoo on his arm or leg, but he has many on his chest and back. It’s just covered while he plays because of his jersey. So I figured I could live with that request and get on my back.

The next step was for me to pick what art or design I wanted. At the end of the day, I wanted something subtle and meaningful. So I went with a cross on my left shoulder blade with my grandmother’s name under it. My grandmother meant a lot to me, and after she passed a way, it’s been tough. This is my way of showing my respect to her. I read online that the area where I wanted to get it might be more painful, but I figured if it’s going to be my first tattoo, it’s going to hurt no matter what.

Today was finally the day. I did my research and found the tattoo artist I wanted. Ultimately, I chose Rob Goodkind of goodkindtattoo.com. From there, I took one last deep breath, sat down, and got the first portion of my tattoo finished! It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The stuff you read online seems so exaggerated. I mean, yeah there was a little bit of pain, but nothing the average person wont be able to handle.

I do have to go back to my second session where he will put the final touches on my tattoo. I’m excited for how the final product is going to turn out. The moral of everything is, if you’re my age, some things may have not been acceptable back while we were growing up. As time has gone on, so has the ideologies of the majority of our society. Go out and do the thing you want to do. Don’t be worried about what people will think or say. Now is your time. Just go out there and do it! :)