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Inking is a Habit: Do You Regret That Tattoo?

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Aubrey O'day

If tattoos weren’t permanent, I’d have at least ten by now. Quotes by Oscar Wilde and Anais Nin. Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen. Latin proverbs, love mantras in cursive and things Audrey Hepburn said.

I’ve always wanted to own a puppy and name him Cocoa Bean, so I probably would have gotten a tea cup yorkie on my shoulder. How sweet would that be?

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We’ve seen them all: the weird and the ugly; the pointless and the meaningful; tattoos in memory of loved ones and tattoos in the name of love.

I asked a friend about the huge ten by four calligraphy version of a female’s name on his left arm. He explained that his ex- girlfriend (who wound up cheating on him), was the muse behind the art. I told him not to beat himself up about it, for even celebrities proclaim their love via ink.

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Do you have any regrets? Dr. Tattoff Inc, a California based company certainly hopes so. “Tattoos are becoming more common in the workplace and in society,” chief executive John Keefe told the Los Angeles Times.
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“My suspicion is that along with that, the tattoo regret factor will only grow as people get older,” he added. Removal is expensive, costing about $750 to $1,500, which is around five to 10 times the cost of the actual tattoo. 85 percent of their customers are females aged 18 to 44.

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8 Comments »

  • RIO BORN VA RAISED NIGGA says:

    TATTOOS ARE NOT BAD IF THEY ARE DONE IN A CLASSY AND PROFESSIONAL MANNER I HAVE 7 MYSELF BUT NOBODY NEVER KNOWS I HAVE EM UNLESS I AM AT THE BEACH OR I TELL THE PERSON I HAVE THEM AND MOST ARE SHOCKED WHEN I DO TELL THEM I GOT THAT MANY. BUT I DO NOT PARTICULARLY CARE FOR GOING TATTOO OVERBOARD WHICH IS COVERING YOUR WHOLE BODY UP WITH TATTOOS THATS NOT 2 HOT IN MY OPINION BUT WHATEVER FLOATS THE PERSON’S BOAT. BOTTOM LINE IS IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO THE INDIVIDUAL. PPL WHO DON’T HAVE EM SHOULDN’T CRITICIZE PPL WHO DO AND PPL WHO DO HAVE TATTOOS SHOULDN’T CRITICIZE PPL WHO DON’T HAVE EM. CAUSE EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT AND ITS CALLED BEING UNIQUE. AND PLUS WHEN I GET OLD THE ONLY PERSON GOING TO BE LOOKING AT MY TATTOOS IS MY OLD WIFE OR THE NURSE WHEN SHE WASHING ME DOWN IN THE RETIREMENT HOME IF I EVER GET THAT WAY EVEN THOUGH I HOPE I DON’T.

    FYI I REALLY DON’T APPROVE OF THE TATTOO FAD EITHER THATS GOING ON.

  • Da'ja says:

    I agree that tattoos weren’t meant to be faded away because that’s just LAME to me.People don’t need to get any tattoos in the first place if later on they want to cover them up.Now I do believe that while in the workplace you have to stay professional and look presentable, so the tattoos may have to disappear until after you leave the job.I plan on having about (5) tattoos in the future but I bet you they won’t be covered up or easily seen and definitely meaningful.

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