TATTOOS: A FADING
Tattoos seem like a good idea at the time. But
has the current craze, especially among young women, had its day?
Inside Out investigates and looks at how to
avoid future regrets.
Celebrities from Liam Gallagher to Stephen Gately, Helen
Mirren to Holly Valance have their own, often discreet, pieces of body
Such celebrity ‘endorsement’ has encouraged women from
all walks of life to have their own.
But as time passes, it's not just celebs such as Angelina
Jolie and Geri Haliwell who're regretting decorating their body with everything
from loved one’s names to Japanese characters.
deeply regrets her teenage tattoo|
Seventy-five percent of the UK people who have tattoos
eventually regret it, according to a study by the British Journal of Dermatology.
Melanie Grimes from Eccles in Greater Manchester is one
of these people. She is having the tatto she opted for when she was 16
years old removed.
Melanie says, "It looks tacky. I just picture myself
in an evening dress or a wedding dress and I just see that thing on my
Laser treatment is the standard method of tattoo removal.
However, this can cost around £1,000. Add that
to the original cost of the tattoo and they can prove a pretty expensive
sketch of Beckham's tattoo hangs on Louis' wall|
According to Louis Malloy, people can reduce the risks
of regretting a tattoo later in life.
Louis is one of the most prominent tattoo artists in
the North West. He adorned David Beckham’s body with an angel and the
words ‘Romeo’ and ‘Victoria’.
Louis says, "If you don’t put the thought in it’s highly
likely that you will regret the tattoo."
Louis would advise those considering a tattoo to follow
these simple preparation steps to reduce regret later:
- Plan your tattoo art carefully, doing lots of research
- Consider its placement and how this will fit into your life
- Save up and get what you really want
- Go to a reputable tattoo artist
- Ask to see previous examples of their work
- Follow aftercare instructions religiously
- Don’t go ahead if you are not 100% sure
Thing of the past
Sam Cox is the editor of a tattoo website. Two thirds
of her body is tattooed. It started with a small butterfly on the base
of her back.
offers advise to 'tattoo virgins'|
Sam claims that whilst people are following fashion fads
with tattoos, they are more likely to regret them. Such fad, are often
instigated by celebrities.
Sam says, "If you have a tattoo for fashion reasons -
because it looks cool at the time - it will go out of fashion."
With over 5,000 years of history behind them, it is unlikely
that tattoos will ever become a ‘thing of the past’.
However, whilst willing youngsters are allowing their
bodies to become a canvas for the latest fashion fads, incidences of removal
look likely to rise.
Whoever said that beauty wasn’t painful - or expensive!