You swore that you would never get a tattoo unless it meant something truly special. A favorite quote, a lover’s name, a beautiful message in another language. You come back from the tattoo parlor, check the sweet design, and it hits you like a gut punch. Your artist put it on upside-down. So instead of a nice tribute to “Mom” on your toned forearm, the world will see it as “Wow.”
Even celebrities can have tattoo fails. The above scenario, unfortunately, applies to Adam Levine. Ariana Grande has over 40 tattoos, yet one still went hilariously wrong in January 2019. To promote her single “7 Rings,” Grande got a palm tattoo of Japanese characters that she thought spelled out the song’s name. But as fans immediately pointed out, it actually said “BBQ grill.” Grande tried to get the tattoo fixed by adding the character for “finger,” which only worsened the problem. Now it can be translated as “BBQ grill finger,” or yes, “Seven finger ring.”
Tattoo Removal Can Fix Your Mistake
Fortunately, you don’t have to live with a bad tattoo, especially if it proudly announces “BBQ grill” in Japanese. The process of removing a tattoo is simple, though its effectiveness depends on many factors.
- What color is your tattoo? Dark-colored inks like blacks and blues are easier to remove, while light-colored inks like pastel yellow and green are harder.
- How big is it? That huge, multicolored tattoo of a forest scene with dancing nymphs that covers half your back? Kudos for having the patience and grit to sit under the needle and get that work of art. But it’s common sense: the bigger the tattoo, the longer it’ll take to remove.
- How deep is the ink? A good tattoo artist knows just how much ink to apply and how deep, leaving it even and well-spaced. Your cousin who got hold of some tattoo equipment and “wants to try it out” probably did it wrong. Deeper ink takes more and stronger treatments to erase.
- Was your skin damaged? I.E. how much of a butcher was your cousin? Bad tattoo work can leave your skin with disfiguring scars that may resist removal techniques.
How do I get rid of this thing?
Visit a tattoo removal specialist and get the job done right. No, that doesn’t mean your cousin who got hold of some tattoo removal equipment and “wants to try it out.” That means a licensed medical professional, especially a dermatologist.
Tattoos are removed through lasers whose frequencies are tuned to each color. You’ll probably need to return for multiple treatments spaced weeks apart. It’s not exactly like a fine massage; most people compare the feeling of the laser pulse to the snap of a rubber band. But it’s better than letting people think your forearm is just “wow.”
Contact a tattoo removal specialist in your area. Tattoos aren’t like other mistakes. They can be erased with the touch of a button. And a few laser pulses.
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