People more tattooed than ever, but 23 percent regret ink

Whether it’s an old lover’s name or a stupid spring break dare, tattoos can be painful reminders of the past, and these tattoo experts have heard some interesting stories.
“There was a green line up her neck and to her lip, and she wanted to have that area removed. Then I realized after I examined her, I realized that was the tail of a large lizard that went all the way down to her thigh,” said Dr. Salvatore DiMercurio, a plastic surgeon who has practices in Chambersburg and Hagerstown.
“They get the names covered, and then they’ll get another name tattooed on them again,” said Brett Borland, Owner, Yours Truly Tattoo.
According to a Harris poll, one in five people have tattoos, but 23 percent of this population regrets at least one of their pieces.
If you think this statistic troubles the tattoo community, you’re wrong.
“I think it’s a good thing for the tattoo community because we have plenty of people that come in, and we can’t do the cover-up or we advise them that it’s not able to be done. They might be able to find someone who says they can, and that’s great, but some tattoos just can’t be covered and need to be removed,” Borland said.
As more and more people get tattooed, the tattoo removal and cover-up business is booming — up 440 percent from 10 years ago, according to research collected by The Telegraph.
“We certainly see more people wanting to have their tattoos removed or treated now then, let’s say, 10 years ago. I think it’s because more people are getting tattoos and wanting to alter them,” Dr. DiMercurio said. 
Experts and research agrees that immaturity is the number one reason why people regret their ink.
“They need to be sure, obviously, about what they’re getting because it’s, obviously, permanent, the rest of their lives. So, we want to make sure they have the mindset to pick and make the right decision for themselves, and that can be hard when you’re young,” Borland said.
But as long as people both young and old make regrettable decisions, Dr. D and Yours Truly will be there to pick up the pieces.
“Cultures are changing, but certainly, I don’t think we’ve seen the end of tattoos,” Dr. DiMercurio said.
The New York Times reported that tattoo removal can cost 10 times more than the application. So, remember, think before you ink.

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