10 kinds of Tattoos you’ll probably regret later

May 26, 2010 by  
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Tattoos are a great form of expression.  They’re pieces of artwork that you wear…literally.  And for the most part, they are permanent.  So the decision to get a tattoo should not be taken lightly.  More so, however, the decision of WHAT tattoo to get should be carefully thought out.  Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.  So whether it’s an impulse decision, an uninspired design, or just something you’ll grow out of, here are my top 10 kinds of tattoos that are candidates for tattoo removal:

  1. The “Tramp Stamp” – This is one of the more common types of unfortunate tattoos for women.  Don’t get me wrong, here, a tattoo on the small of your back isn’t necessarily a tramp stamp.  It’s more of the reason why the tattoo is put there: to attract attention from men.  You can usually pick these out from a mile away: uninspired, (usually) tribal, or otherwise meaningless shape on the small of the back that’s simply there to say: I’m easy.
  2. Tribal Tattoos –  There was a day when Tribal tattoos were all the rage.  But to be honest: “I like the shape” is not a good enough reason to get a tattoo (in my opinion).  Tattoos should be original and (ideally) have meaning, otherwise it’s just a “cool shape” you’ll grow old with.
  3. Arm Bands – Muscle heads, listen up:  Arm band tattoos make you look like a douche.  Period.  Fine, you have big arms.  We can see that.  But beyond the desperate need to show everyone how much time you spend at the gym, this type of tattoo is about as original as a tribal.  And if you have a tribal armband, well, I’m so sorry.
  4. Anything on your face – I’m fine with knuckle tattoos and I can even handle a tasteful neck tattoo.  The one spot where the ink should never go is on your face.  Sure, I can think of some other choice places, but let’s hope nobody is that…brave 😉
  5. Asian Symbols – This one is a toss up.  If you’re SURE you know what the symbol means, and it being in chinese/Japanese/etc. has some meaning to you, go for it.  Otherwise, what you thought said “greatness” could actually say: “turkey-fish” and you’d be none-the-wiser.
  6. Human Faces – It’s rare that you see a tattoo of a human face that actually looks life-like.  If you know an artist that is THAT talented, then go for it.  Otherwise (9 times out of 10) you’ll end up with a REALLY awful looking tattoo.
  7. Names – Do I really need to explain why this is a bad idea?  The only exception, here, is as a tribute to family members or friends who have passed away.  Otherwise, you might as well make an appointment to have it removed now…
  8. Nudity/Vulgarity – It may seem cool to you now, but having to explain why you have a permanent naked woman on your arm to your children or grandchildren is about as awkward as it gets…think twice about this one.
  9. Celebrities/Athletes – It’s bad enough to idolize another person you probably will never meet.  But to get a permanent tribute to them on your skin is a recipe for disaster.  Imagine if you had a Tiger Woods tattoo?  Or worse yet: Lindsey Lohan?  Ouch.
  10. Funny Tattoos – What may seem funny to you now, will probably be a lame joke tomorrow.  Not to mention a lame joke to others…Today.  If you’re trying to be laughed AT, then this might be perfect for you.  Otherwise…pass.

Laser Tattoo Removal

February 11, 2010 by  
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Research has shown that nearly half of those between the ages of 18 and 40 have a tattoo or several tattoos. The problem here is that a majority of those who have tattoos have later decided that they don’t want them anymore. The biggest complaint to tattoos is dissatisfaction, which has led to a recent increase in tattoo removal. It’s been proven in the past that women research their removal options more than men – due to the fact that men have less of a stigma when it comes to tattoos.

Often times, the ink that is used during tattoos can lead to infection, simply because the type of ink being used isn’t regulation for tattoo parlors. Clean equipment is also essential with tattoo parlors; otherwise someone can end up with hepatitis B, C, and various other infections. There are many serious diseases and other sicknesses that can occur if a tattoo parlor doesn’t keep their materials and parlor clean.

In the event of infection or if someone just doesn’t like their tattoo, there are ways to get them removed. Skin grafting and dermabrasion are good examples of tattoo removal, although the most popular and most common these days is laser removal. Laser removal is the fastest and by far the most preferred. With this surgery, the laser being used will zap the metal ions that are found in the pigment of the tattoo, fracturing the ink into very small pieces that the body can easily dispose of.

There are several great things about laser tattoo removal, although there are some bad things as well. In some cases, where infection is involved, the surgery will be a bit different. First, you’ll need to get the infection out of the area before the tattoo can be removed. Depending on how bad the infection is, you may end up staying in the hospital for a few days. For this very reason – you should always make sure that the equipment is clean and sterile before you ever get a tattoo.

Laser tattoo removal can be very painful, depending on the area that you have the tattoo on. Almost all surgeons will use numbing ointment and local anesthetics before they do the removal, so you experience little to no pain. Even though you may think that you have a high tolerance for pain and can deal with the treatment, you may still want to take any type of numbing that you can get.

Before you decide to get a tattoo removed with laser removal, you should always make sure that you choose a surgeon you can trust. Lasers can be very dangerous, and there are always side effects and risks involved. Although laser tattoo removal is certainly an option for getting rid of a tattoo – the best thing to do is think long and hard before you get one to

The Corporate Logo Tattoo – Why?

August 5, 2009 by  
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A craze has cropped up in the last decade or so for people to get corporate logos tattooed on their bodies. This is one of the more controversial styles of tattoo, given that the previous reputation surrounding tattoos was that they were somewhat of a counter-culture statement and anti-corporate. The idea of tattooing the logo of a major global corporation that has a perfectly good advertising budget all by itself seems to go counter to all that. Whatever the company, it pays to think: “If they spend $800 million a year on advertising, do they really need my help getting their logo out there?”.

If it is the logo for your own company then there is more reason for getting it etched on you. The old saying, that no publicity is bad publicity, is true to an extent. There are two caveats here – will your company logo be recognisable to people who see it from a distance on your bicep? Secondly, if that company should go bust at some point do you really want a reminder of it inked into your skin?

Some people get these tattoos just because they think the logo looks cool, or because there is a certain amount of retro glamor to the look. Sometimes they are right. One must however be careful when getting anything corporate inked on their body – if you are impervious to scorn there may not be any cause for concern, but otherwise you will have a hard time living it down.

Song Lyrics – You Couldn’t Have Put It Better Yourself

August 5, 2009 by  
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There are no end of people who get tattoos to back up their love of music. Whether we can play or just have the sound in our hearts and on our CDs and MP3 players, music means a lot to many people. Listening to a favorite song in the right setting can make a good day into a great day, and can cheer up a bad one too. For some people it is all about how it sounds, while for others lyrics are more important – with poetry not as fashionable today as it once was, people are now finding song lyrics to be the closest that we have.

Of course, song lyrics do not have to be poetic to be popular. It could be argued that for many people that would be a drawback, in fact. In 2009, one of the most popular lyrics to get tattooed on one’s skin is from Britney Spears’ controversial single “If You Seek Amy”. Said quickly, this sequence of sounds makes up a fairly lewd invitation, and this has led to many people thinking of it as a suitable tattoo. Others would choose instead to have a lyric that was more of a personal inspiration, with many going for “Above Us Only Sky” from John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

A song lyric can be a worthwhile tattoo for more than a few reasons. The singer may be an inspiration to us, or the lyric itself be an illustration of something we believe strongly or have been through.

What do your tattoos say about you?

August 5, 2009 by  
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Most of us either have at least one tattoo or we know someone who does. Whether they are ours or someone else’s, tattoos can say a lot about the person who is wearing them – and not just if the tattoo says “Slayer Rules!”, there can be some subtle hints hidden there too.

It is not rare, for example, to see someone with a Celtic band tattoo. These are usually quite intricate patterns of lines and curls in a style reminiscent of the ornamental crosses and engravings of the Celts, a race which predominated in Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as much of the neighboring part of Europe. People with Celtic – usually Irish, but not always – ancestry often get tattoos in this form to symbolise their Celtic blood.

The concept of ancestry is a big deal in tattoos. You can represent your ancestors with a simple design that can be as large or as small as you like it to be. Among the most popular designs are characters from another alphabet – Japanese being particularly popular even for people with no Japanese background, who either like the mysticism associated with China or the aesthetics of the characters.

It is also not uncommon to see people with a date tattooed on them, often without an accompanying explanation for why. This will be a significant date for them – it may mark the birth of their child, or equally may mark the death of a loved one, or just about anything else. It is wise not to ask about it unless you know them really well, however.