Do You Regret Your College Tattoo?


Mommy's Got a Tattoo

When I was in college in the mid '90s, tattoos were all the rage.

Tattoo parlors abounded in my college town, and many of the tattoo artists in Athens, Georgia really were fantastic with the pen.

I was envious of some of my friends' tattoos of ancient symbols and quotes from great literary minds. But I resisted the urge to get one of my own, mostly because I couldn't imagine having to live with it for THE REST OF MY LIFE.

I mean, surely I'd be a totally different person at 35 than I was at 19, right?

Nowadays, I see moms all the time with tattoos from days of yore, visible just beneath their capris at playgroup meetings, or peeping out from the backs of their strapless dresses at cocktail parties.

And I have to wonder ...

Do they regret that dolphin chain on their ankle from Spring Break '94? Do they wish they'd never let their now ex-boyfriend talk them into the barbed wire that still encircles their upper arm 15 years later?

I'm sure plenty of you have tattoos from your college days or early 20s.

How do you feel about those tattoos now? Do you regret them, or are they a pleasant reminder of your youth? Do you worry about what people think when they see those tattoos on you today? Do you hide your old tattoos, or do you flaunt them?

I can't wait to read what you all have to say!


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my2.5... my2.5boys

I got my tattoo when I was 18, and I just celebrated my 29th birthday. I didn't get something superficial, like Bugs Bunny. I got a work of art, and I don't regret it one bit. It's absolutely unique, and I don't foresee a day when I would try to hide it. 

kelli... kelli0585

I'm 25.  I haven't had my first tattoo yet.  But still do this day, since I was 16, I've wanted a garden gnome on my foot.  I keep telling myself to wait 2 years, and the yearning still never goes away.


 I do have friends that have regretted certain tattoos.  All you can really do, besides expensive laser treatments, is cover it with another tattoo. 

nonmember avatar Jasmine Rivera

Well, personally. I am 24 years old, and already in the process of having two tattoos removed by laser from my wrists. I have decided to do this because of professional reasons. Yes, I still have other tattoo's that will remain on my body. Yet, it is hard to tell someone that I have having them removed even though I don't regret getting them. And, no it has nothing to do with me being a mother....

Sady Jacobs Manning

I really thought mine through and made sure to get it where no one could see it. It was visible back when I was a size 4 and wore a bikini, but let's face it, those days are past. I still love my tatoo!

betha... bethany169

I got one when I was 19 (sun/moon on my left shoulder) and one when I was 22 (runic symbols on the inside of my right ankle), and I still love them both.  If I had a tramp stamp or an arm band, it would probably be a different story, but these are both very personal for me and in places that are easy to cover if I need to look professional, etc.

nonmember avatar Michelle

I've wondered this too! I used to work with a girl who had Mickey Mouse tattooed on her upper arm and all I could picture was how that tattoo would look with her wedding gown.

I've never had one nor have I ever had the desire to get one. I just don't get the appeal, but that's me. :)

ZsMommy ZsMommy

I had my first tattoo done at 29...Small...egyptian symbol (The town I grew up in was called "Egypt") I have it in the inside of my right ankle-not visible in direct sight.

My second I had done at age 39...This one you can see poke out a little from some necklines of shirts-kind of a "tattoo tease"-It's a dragonfly-and it has alot of meaning to me. My third (done bout 2 weeks after my 2nd tattoo) is at the lower base of my neck-kind of= equal with the shoulder blades and travels down several inches of my spine-this is a sunflower.

Personally I am glad I waited and didn't get one in my late teens/20's-because I now choose things that have deeper meaning to myself.I'm also very big on PLACEMENT-while you may catch glimpses of my tattoos-they are also not blaringly in your face-I refuse to look like a walking doodle pad-that unfortunately I have to say-I see so often.

I plan to get a few more-linking my front piece to my back-ending with a bee near the sunflower-I may graze over my shoulder-but no upper bicept. That's just me.

bless... blessedquiver

I got my first at 33, in honor of my husband who was killed in an accident I survived. So, no I don't regret it. I love my tats...all 5 of them.

ocmom... ocmommy2two

I am 23, with 6 tattoos. I want 3 of them removed. They were my first 3 tattoos, so I didn't put a lot of thought into them and they just aren't good quality. Someday, they will be gone. When my kids get older, I WILL be going with them to get their tattoos, if they choose to get one, because if they don't have the nerve to say the artist's work is crappy, I will.

mandy... mandyhornbuckle

The only time I can see myself wanting a tattoo is in a situation like blessedquiver was talking about above. I have two friends who have a symbol of a child they've lost, either his name or another thing that reminds them of him, as a tattoo, and I think that's a really appropriate reason to have a tattoo. Probably one of the only reasons I'd ever put something permanant on my body.

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