Of course, everybody is expected to carefully think over the tattoo designs available in online sites, trade magazines and artist catalogues before actually having one inked on their skin. Tattoos are permanent art on your body, which means that it’s a good idea to be proud of your ink no matter who may ask about it. Be out and proud with your tattoos because it’s your personality, your art and your story on the line, we always like to say.
But there are times when we regret ever having a tattoo done on our bodies. The reasons are purely personal ones naturally since tattoos are highly personal in the first place. Your reasons for regretting the tattoo designs on your body will be different from the others in more ways than one.
It may be that the name tattoo of your ex-girlfriend on your chest is causing problems with your efforts to move on or with your relationship with your current partner. Think Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder.
It may be that the tattoo has negative connotations in your current circle of family and friends. For example, the Nazi swastika may have been a good idea during your rebellious teenage years but your Jewish wife may not approve of it.
It may even be that you are just tired of the tattoos on a certain part of your body and you want them changed to a new one. Think changing a flower tattoo into a dragon one.
No matter your reasons for regretting the tattoo designs on your body, you can choose to have it removed. Whatever traces of the tattoo will then be erased from your skin and you can start over with new skin. You have many options in tattoo removal including laser surgery, dermabrasion, surgical excision and salabrasion, of which the likes of 50 Cent have availed of.
But you must consider the cons of these removal methods. These are very expensive methods requiring repeated treatments and painful results – more pain than possible with the tattooing process itself especially the laser treatments. You would rather spend the money somewhere else, to, since the results are not 100% guaranteed.
Well, we suggest spending your money on a redesign of your original but unwanted tattoo designs. This is with the assumption that you still want beautiful body art. You should then find an experienced tattoo artist with sufficient skill in redesigns including cover-ups of old tattoos.
You must remember that redesign itself has limitations including the fact that the redesigned tattoo is bigger than the old ink. Otherwise, either the corners of the old ink will be sticking out like a sore thumb from the new design or the redesigned tattoo will be nothing more than a black square on the old one. In fact, you can tell a good tattoo redesign if you cannot differentiate between the old and the new – many skilled tattooists can even make the two tattoos blend seamlessly together.
If you have spent, say, a few days looking at tattoo designs for the original ink, we suggest spending double the amount of time on choosing the cover-ups for the redesign of your old tattoos. There are only so many times that a tattoo can be covered up with new ones.