If you have a tattoo, you know exactly why you had it inked and just what it means to you… or, at least, what it meant to you. If your ink doesn’t mean the same to you now as it once did, you might be considering tattoo removal. Just as there are many reasons why people were inked originally, there are multiple reasons why some of those same people would now like to remove their tattoos.
If you’re looking to remove a tattoo, you may think it’s too expensive, time consuming, or painful. Depending on the extent of the design and colors of the ink used in the tattoo, removing it can – indeed – be all of those things, but it doesn’t have to be and, even more importantly, tattoo removal can also be an empowering, important first step toward making a fresh start in your life. At Delete – Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon, we focus on all of these concerns and address them on a patient-by-patient basis. By letting go of the past, and the constant visual reminders of the past that tattoos can be, you can feel like you are closing one chapter in your life and starting anew in another.
Here’s a look at several reasons why people have their tattoos removed:
In the professional world, tattoos are sometimes looked down upon. For example, in many branches of the military visible tattoos are not allowed. If you’re enlisting in the military, or want to, a tattoo could easily make you ineligible. One such story is of a would-be air force recruit who had a 4-inch tattoo of the word “Beautiful” on the back of her neck. This simple tattoo made her ineligible for the Air Force. Only when the tattoo was removed could she enlist and move on with her chosen life in the military. Also, neck and facial tattoos can be instantly disqualifying for employment in many professions. Covering up visible tattoos on arms, legs and feet for your professional career, limits professional wardrobe choices to long sleeves, long pants and closed toe shoes which are very uncomfortable during the summer months. That cute floral ankle bracelet tattoo can unfairly dictate any number of style choices!
Many people have tattoos done when they are young, drunk, depressed, in an altered state of mind, and so on. Let’s face it, youthful tattoos are not always well thought-out decisions and no one is the same person at, say, the age of 30 as they were when they were 20. Almost every tattoo tale of regret starts with “I was young and dumb.” Fortunately, everyone can point to at least one regret, whether it is a tattoo, a boyfriend or a financial decision that can be defined as “young and dumb.”
Love that Didn’t Last
Tattooing the name of a life partner on your skin may seem like a great sign of commitment at the time, but if you’re no longer committed to that person, do you really want to see their name on your body every day? The name of an ex is a tattoo you’d likely want to remove and is actually the “number 1” reason we hear for tattoo removal.
It’s Simply a Bad Tattoo
Another reason you may want to have a tattoo removed is because you just don’t find it aesthetically pleasing anymore. It may have faded, no longer match your fashion sense, wasn’t what you designed or what you once thought was cool may no longer be so in your mind.
A Dark Past
Persons involved in criminal activities, gangs, or racial supremacy movements typically have tattoos proclaiming their allegiance to these groups or ideals. As time goes by, many people change their views, leave these groups and desire a new start. There are stories about former white supremacists who want to remove these reminders of a past they now want to leave behind. Aside from supremacy movements, many former gang members or former prison inmates have gang or jailhouse tattoos they want removed for both personal and professional reasons.
You Just Don’t Want a Tattoo Anymore
Not all reasons for tattoo removal are as specific as the above examples. Sometimes, you just no longer want a tattoo. It may not be impeding your life, career, or be against your current belief system. In some cases you just want it gone, which is as good a reason as any to have tattoo removal done.
Delete – Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon
At Delete – Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon, we understand that the past can be a difficult thing to move on from. Having tattoos that no longer fit the person you are today or the person you want to be, only makes moving on that much more difficult for you.
If you’re considering tattoo removal in Phoenix, Delete – Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon is here to help. We offer two types of laser tattoo removal to fit any budget: PicoWay Laser Tattoo Removal and Tattoo Removal with our AlexELETE Q-switched laser. By combining multiple tattoo removal options with physician delivered lidocaine numbing options, we’re able to meet your needs and those of all our patients. To learn more about creating a specialized tattoo removal treatment plan, stop into our 16th Street location in Phoenix, AZ, or give us a call at 602-343-6355. Consultations are free, and always will be.