TATTOOS – your mom warned you not to get one.
And maybe she’s right that 3 out of 4 Britons regret getting at least one of their tattoos, while 14% of those who’ve had an ink bleed try to hide them.
The most common places to get ink – shoulders, back and belly – can be cleverly hidden with clothing, but some tattoos are more difficult to disguise.
Tanya Davies, 23, knows it. She put ink on her EYES and tried to cover it up with makeup, but the tattoo was too dark for camouflage and unfortunately still showed through.
The factory worker from Mansfield, Notts, said: ‘Whenever I look in the mirror, my tattoo reminds me of how stupid I’ve been – I desperately want to get rid of it.
“Two years ago, a friend asked me to model for their cursive tattoo course.
“I was offered a free tattoo on my forehead – I was going through a rebellious phase and jumped on the offer.
“I know they did a great job and within two hours I was in the chair finishing it.
“It wasn’t until I got the CUR and S tattoo that I asked what it was.
“It’s the word ‘cursed’ and then won’t come back. I immediately began to fear what it would look like, and asked: ‘What would my mother think?’
“It was the worst decision I ever made. I love tattoos but now I really want to get rid of the tattoos on my face.
“Walking around with the ‘cursed’ tattoo on his forehead has become a living nightmare.”
Giving up on makeup, Tanya used her hair as a solution that couldn’t be more ideal.
She said: “I partially cut off the fringe to cover the rose on the side of my face – it fell across the tattoo.
“I also have Old English ‘beautiful’ under my chin – it looks ridiculous because you can’t read it correctly unless I stick my chin out.
“Tattoos have prevented me from getting well-paying jobs. A luxury clothing company wanted me but asked if I would mind covering up the ‘cursed’ things with makeup.
“I tried but nothing covers it properly, you can still see border and shadow not working. It would be a change of nine and when I tried it around the house for a day, the makeup just kept coming off.
“I would love to have my tattoo removed so I can pursue a suitable career, but the laser can make my face look bad.”
Laser tattoo removal has become the most popular treatment for people rethinking their inks.
A non-invasive device that uses a short but high-energy pulse of light – or a picosecond laser – on the skin, which is passed through the skin until it reaches the tattoo pigment. Light is absorbed, breaking the tattoo.
Costing between £55 and £250 per session, the simplest ink can still take a year to get rid of.
Jenny Hipkiss, founder of No Regrets Tattoo Removal, says, “Completely removing a black ink tattoo can take eight to 10 sessions, spaced a minimum of six weeks apart – colored ink takes longer.”
Despite the hefty price tag, clinics have recently seen a 40% spike in clinic bookings over the past two years.
Rebecca Richards, founder of Bespoke Beauty, credits rookie tattoo work as the reason three in five of her clients seek removal.
“More than half of my clients that come to me are not satisfied with the work they have done elsewhere,” she says.
“I started removing my tattoos five years ago after leaving my brows tattooed – now I see women have reversed their trend because of the tendency to favor a more natural look.”
The changing trend has seen a number of celebs kick their habits.
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