Sometimes the best laid tattoo plans don’t work out as you might have wanted after you get out of the chair. Sometimes you are head over heels in love with your latest tat, only to fall completely out of love with it a few months, or even a few years later.
Any number of things can ultimately lead to some serious tattoo regret – some of the most popular reasons for hating your tattoo are:
Maybe you got that barbed wire arm or ankle band on a whim from a friend of a friend, or maybe you walked into a shop and jumped into the chair without researching the artist or looking at his or her portfolio. Whatever the reason – bad tattoos happen, and they happen more than you might think. A busted, crooked, misspelled or unintelligible mess of a tattoo is always a primary (and very good) reason for seeking out an artist who can do a quality cover up.
Getting your girlfriend’s name might have seemed like a totally awesome idea when you first started dating. There isn’t a much bigger way to commit than getting your significant other’s name permanently etched on your body. But when the relationship goes south from cheating, bickering or simply just growing apart that tattoo instantly becomes a major regret (even if it is done superbly). A tattoo doesn’t always have to look like garbage for you to want to get it covered up – all it has to do is make you feel like garbage whenever you see it in the mirror.
Changes in Taste
Maybe you used to be a really big fan of the Tasmanian Devil, or maybe you were so in love with Joey Fatone that a Backstreet Boys logo seemed like logical subject for your first tattoo. Cartoon characters, TV shows, entertainers and musical acts all might seem like great themes, but what happens when the band breaks up, the show gets cancelled or you just stop being infatuated with that subject? The fact is that people change – and many people dive headlong into a tattoo without really taking any time to think about how it would be on their body forever.
The good news is – even though a tattoo is typically seen as a “forever” choice, it doesn’t mean that you can’t take a design that you hate and turn it into something that you love and are proud to display. A well trained artist can examine your awful tattoo (large or small) and create a unique, intelligent and beautiful design to make it disappear by turning it into something that you’ll love (not just for the moments right after you get out of the chair but for the rest of your days).