Choosing what to order at a new restaurant can be a daunting task, but with some friends you’re more likely concerned with enjoying quality time so maybe you hastily make a choice from the menu.
There have been good reviews and one of your friends has been to this place before and raved about it, so it’s a sure bet to love what the server brings 20 minutes later. Or is it? The plate arrives and you hate the food. Not a big deal, order something new and with a little time, the problem is resolved. Tattoos are different; they were intended to be permanent and last a lifetime.
Sometimes though, even after all the research and proper planning, you simply hate the tattoo when the artist is finished. Or after a period of time, regret even getting tattoos in the first place. There are options if you’re saying to yourself “I hate my tattoo”, although it’s not as simple as ordering a new dish off the menu at a restaurant.
Yes, it is normal to find yourself hating a tattoo. In a Dermatologist study of 600 people with tattoos, 78% of them regretted at least one.
You’re not alone in saying “I hate my tattoo”. Statistically speaking, smaller tattoos on the upper arms are the most common tattoos people regret getting, or hate having. 73% of people surveyed got tattooed within a few weeks of thinking about it, while 30% started to regret it just a few days later.
The three most common styles of tattoos people regret are lettering or script, symbols and tribal, 31% got tattooed to feel cool and 40% didn’t like how it looked when it was done.
Perhaps most astonishing statistic, it took 36% of people surveyed several years to start regretting the tattoo. This statistic proves regret is not always associated with spur of the moment, impulsive choices but shows that as we age, our tastes and aesthetics change, too. We see this with seasonal trends in fashion, eyewear, hair styles and many other aspects of our daily lives that are in a constant state of change and evolution.
Every tattoo on every person is unique to them, but there are some commonalities when it comes to tattoo regret.
It is perfectly normal to be unhappy with a new tattoo.
There’s no one size fits all, blanket answer to handling tattoo regret. There are however a few different ways to look at things, figuratively and physically.
Fresh tattoos often bring on an unfelt level of anxiety, especially for those new to getting tattoos. The sudden change in appearance, how things look in the skin and the whole process of being tattooed is a lot to swallow at once.
Know that how a tattoo looks just after it’s finished isn’t how it will look forever, there is a healing period. During this time, the side effects of being tattooed will subside, like redness, swelling and bruising. The ink will settle in the skin as it heals and after several months, the healed tattoo will be what you’re wearing for life. The mind can have some trouble adapting to this new look, and that new look will change so keep that in mind.
If the tattoo regret is like those previously mentioned bullet points, or it’s been with you for several years and is no longer to your liking, then other options must be explored.
We are at a point where what you have isn’t for you, time won’t heal it, change is needed. It’s important to clearly identify why you hate the tattoo, or what you hate about it to focus on the solution that makes the most sense.
Some tattoos just need a little touch up to make them less regretful, and more enjoyable. A touch up can also bring the attention to the piece of the tattoo you really love.
Unlike a touch up, where the original tattoo is brought back to life and revived, a cover-up is a lot more involved for you, and the tattoo artist. Essentially, you’re putting something new over something old, completely changing the design, and there are some limitations with this method.
In some cases, minor flaws in the tattoo are just the result of the imperfect art of tattooing and with time they can learn to be loved. Additionally, fresh tattoos do need time to heal and certain styles of tattooing, like American Traditional, often start to look better after several years of wear.
Going through a mental checklist of all the options and none yet seem to make sense or help with the tattoo regret? There’s another option to explore, tattoo removal.
There is roughly a half dozen different methods currently available to remove a tattoo, each has their own caveat to them however.
Only two of the previously mentioned methods are viable for removal and prices will vary. Surgical tattoo removal will average between a few hundred and a few thousand, varying largely on who is doing the procedure and what city you’re in. Laser tattoo removal cost can also be between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars, however Removery does offer easy payment plans which greatly reduce the monthly expense.
Tattoo regret can cause anxiety that can be overwhelming if not addressed or discussed. Reviewing the identifying part of your tattoo and what you might hate about it will help narrow the focus on finding a resolution so you can love your skin again.
If fading for a cover-up tattoo or removal is where you think the next step is, Removery is here to help. We offer no-cost consultations and are extremely experienced in helping you find the solution that works best.
Visit our how does tattoo removal work page, our tattoo coverup page, or read on about if tattoo removal creams really work.
We’re on a mission to give you the most straightforward, easy and efficient laser tattoo removal experience. Your estimate will be entirely bespoke to your tattoo; the size, the colours, the ink. It won’t take long and afterwards you’ll have a plan to finally get rid of your unwanted tattoo and get back to being you.