TATTOOS: Do you regret your tattoos?

April 19, 2014

It’s the age old worry when making the decision to have a tattoo.

“Will I regret my tattoo when I am older?”

It’s even made it into the news – again! According to the Huffington Post, Four in Ten Britain’s regret their tattoos. As with most of these style ‘researches’, everyone is anti-tattoo and wants to get rid of them, but it always as simple as that.

I, for instance, have seven individual tattoos on my body. Am I 100% happy with all of them? No, I can’t say that. But I don’t regret having them. They have become a part of who I am.
I have been asked too many times to count, about how I will feel when I am 60 with sleeve tattoos. The answer, I don’t know. But they will be more of a part of me than they are now.

Yes I am considering a cover up, but I wouldn’t consider laser removal. My style has changed, and my knowledge increased. I now know to choose a tattooist based on their style and talent. It’s not about getting a bargain when it comes to tattoos.  My cover up, when I eventually get to it, will be classic and neo-traditional. Flowers and butterflies. Timeless.

Tattooed Hand

I think the important thing to remember when you are planning a tattoo is that they are for life. If there is even a small part of you that doubts the design or placement, then you need more time with your decision. No tattooist is going to judge you if you call up and cancel a few days before because you’re not certain. At the end of the day you need to be happy, you will be wearing their work for the rest of your life,  so they need you to be happy,  at least to begin with – just don’t be a no-show, that’s uncool and disrespectful to the artist and their time. 

And make sure you go to a good artist. The majority of ‘regretted’ tattoos are because of bad work and bad designs. Remember that Chinese symbol you thought read happiness but actually translates to chicken soup? It could have been avoided with a little more time and thought on both design and tattooist. 

A tattoo doesn’t have to be regretted. It’s what you make of it in the end.
As the legend that is Johnny Depp once said:

“My body is my journal and my tattoos are my story”

As long as my husband still loves me for who I am – that is all that matters to me.

And as for how I’ll feel when I’m 60 covered in tattoos, well I don’t know, but I will have lived my life the way I wanted, and I will look awesome, proof in this article from the Daily Mail. (Tattoo fans should ignore the last paragraph, typical DM comment)


And this graphic kind of sums it up.

Tattooed Grandparents

Over to you? 

Do you regret any of your tattoos? And what route would you go down to resolve your situation?

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14 responses to “TATTOOS: Do you regret your tattoos?”

  1. Sammie White says:

    I love this. I have always said that if I ever get something tattooed on my body it'll be because it really means something to me – but I think that goes without saying, because people get tattoos because it's something they like – and that means that for however short a period of time, it means something to them and it becomes part of their story. And that's why it can never be 'wrong'.

    • Rachel Bradford says:

      I 100% agree with you. Although I am considering a cover-up, part of me thinks I shouldn't as the tattoo does have meaning, it's just the style is no longer what I want. I'm glad you enjoyed this post! Rach

  2. Little Days Blog says:

    Great article! I have 5 – soon to be 6 – tattoos. I regret one. I was young and stupid, unfortunately it can't be covered up but I'm thinking of adding to it to make it look a bit better. As for when i'm 60, I probably won't be showing a lot of them off and i'm sure I will have bigger body concerns than my tattoos! Also, I'd rather have 40 years of enjoying them and deal with the 10 that they don't look great, than not have them to enjoy at all!

    • Rachel Bradford says:

      I have one like you – I don't regret it, but it was my first and it is not something I would have again. Bit I've decided not to cover it. I'm just going to encompass it within other tattoos. I think at 60 the least of my concerns will be my tattoos and if they still look good. It's inevitable that they won't be as good as they are now, but that goes for every part of my body. Thank you for reading! Rach x

  3. babyteeth says:

    I regret one tattoo, not the idea of it but the tattooist did it horribly and it's on my wrist so looks awful. I'm going to get it removed when I have money/ can be bothered, but other than that I'm happy with my other three!Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    • Rachel Bradford says:

      I think everyone with a few tattoos has at least one badly done one – it's almost traditional and shows a learning curve and growing knowledge in the wearer!Thank you for readingRach x

  4. Anonymous says:

    I only have one tattoo at the moment, but I don't regret it and I plan on getting loads more. Although I think people regretting them is pretty circumstantial. It depends on what the tattoo is and what kind of person you are. I think the type of people who regret getting tattoos are people who get something because it's fashionable or just get something stupid when they're drunk. I don't think tattoos have to mean something, but I think you have to really love how it looks cause it is art!This satirical article sums it up for me: post :-)x

  5. Alexandra Dove says:

    I only have 2 tattoos, and I don't think I'll ever regret them because I've just accepted them as a part of my body now, faded lines and all. Nothing a quick touch-up won't fix if I ever get around to it!At the end of the day, it honestly just doesn't matter. There's more to life than worrying about having a tattoo on display in 40 years time.Efflorescent Dreamxx

    • Rachel Bradford says:

      I agree, being a tattooed granny will be awesome and at least your grand-kids will have something interesting to talk to you about. Thanks for readingRach x

  6. Gina says:

    i have 3 and have another planned ( i love them and don't think i'll ever regret them.. it makes us individual and if you loved it when you got it, i don't see why that'd change

    • Rachel Bradford says:

      Thanks for reading – I hope that I will never regret my tattoos, as long as you love them and put some thought in, they will be unique and that should be important to everyone.Rach x

  7. Kate Humphrey says:

    Oh my, I love this post! I have a few tattoos and for each of them I have given them a long think about prior to getting them. How I'll feel when I'm 60? Well I think generations are changing, I think I'll feel normal and no different to how I feel about them now!

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