Tattoos have grown in acceptance over the past few decades, and there is some beautiful artwork out there on people’s bodies. But for a small percentage, a tattoo is not something they are proud of. Tattoo removal is often the next step for this group, and it’s not a decision to be made lightly. If you have some ink you aren’t enamored with, how can you tell if it’s time to get it removed, or if you should simply ignore it?
The most obvious reason to get that ink removed is it is offensive. Most people associate this with tattoos on former gang members and the like, but sometimes artwork that seemed like a joke 20 or 30 years ago has transformed into something that’s not so socially acceptable anymore. Rather than continually explain to people why you have such ink, you could have it removed and be done with it.
You actively hide it
There are situations in which covering up a tattoo is best. But if you find yourself constantly hiding it — maybe you got it after little thought, or maybe the symbol you got has turned into a reminder of tougher times — it’s time to remove the ink. Tattoo removal is now so common that there’s no reason to keep that old ink that you’ll never show.
Related to this is the “name of ex” ink. If you’ve got someone’s name tattooed on your body and aren’t seeing that person anymore, remove the ink so you don’t have to hide anything from your next significant other.
You can’t hide it at all
Do you remember the teenager in Europe who got 56 stars across her face? Tattoos that are that extensive can affect job prospects and even your social life. This is yet another reason to consider removal.