10 kinds of Tattoos you’ll probably regret later

May 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Tattoo Removal

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.