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   Inside Out - North West: Monday 3rd March, 2003


Louis Malloy creating a tattoo
EXPERT | Louis Malloy creates another tattoo masterpiece

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 art.

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.


Melanie Grimes
Melanie 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 shoulder, no."

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 mistake!

Avoiding regret

Drawing of an angel autographed by David Beckham
An autographed 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.

Sam cox
Sam's website 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!

See also ...

More than skin deep (News)

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Young Guy
I'm 16 and I have a full back piece. The reason I got it was because I knew that i would love it forever, as long as I had it done correctly. I searched for two years before my mother and I were comfortable with an artist. It's a tattooed piece of art that completely describes my personality and style.

Most, not all, as I have heard reading other articles on the net, teens get tattoos nearly blind folded by the "I like it now so I want it now" process of choosing a tattoo. Well thats my two cents and artist, keep the art work alive, literally.

Linda Kaye
i am 35 and have a full backpiece and a full sleeve. i am female and dont plan to give up on my art just yet.

i have never so far regretted any of my ink but i have had cover ups from previous artists. i now have a tattoist i trust completely and i love his work.

i think too many teenagers just get anything put on without much thought to whether they really like it.

i used to have tattoos now i have art.

Tony Lee
I had many tattoos done when I was younger, mum dad had them and my mates. While I'm not agaist girls having tattoos. When I was younger it was 99% a man thing the thought of a woman beinging a grandmother and holding her grandchild with tattoos all down her arms just would not look right.

I was young it was a man thing to look hard (I know its the wrong reason but I was young). If girls do it for the same reason now they will regret it much more than a man.

Your tattoo of John Lennon is fantastic, if I was 20yrs younger I would have my back and front done.

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