5 Reasons NOT to Regret Your Embarrassing Tattoo

I have a thing about tattoos, especially original ones that are unique to the person sporting them. The idea that a person can alter the skin they are in and make something new our of their own body is really quite incredible. I have one tattoo that I got after the age of 30 and I do not regret it for a second.

That said, many other people do. My husband and I got ours together after talking about it for years. We designed it ourselves. It's our initials split in half so that we each have a tribal design that means nothing unless we are together. Immediately after we got it on our seventh wedding anniversary, everyone asked us if we would hate it in our 80s.

My answer: Hell no. But there are those who do regret their tats. But they shouldn't. Here are 5 reasons not to regret that tattoo.

  • It once meant something: I've heard tattoos described as a "permanent reminder of a temporary feeling" and I think that is true. Even if that yin yang that made you feel “whole” at 18 is now totally silly when you are 30, you can look at it and remember what it felt like to be 18 and carefree and full of the feeling that a ubiquitous symbol could mean SO MUCH.
  • They keep you young: As long as you have tattoos, no matter how buttoned up you have become, you can always say, “I used to be a rock star.”
  • They can make you laugh: Keep a sense of humor about yourself always. Tattoos help you do that. You can’t take yourself too seriously with Wile E. Coyote on your forearm.
  • They help you bond: If someone else has a tattoo they also “regret,” you can commiserate and laugh about the follies of youth. Together.
  • Regrets are pointless: The fact is, life is short. “Permanence” is really impermanent and all kinds of other deep, deep stuff. Life moves fast and your tattoos mark a time when you had a different mind set. Embrace that.

Obviously, the woman with the star tattoos on her face may have some regrets, but overall, life shouldn't be full of regrets. We should appreciate our youthful decisions for what they were. Even if they are more or less “permanent.”

Do you regret your tattoo?



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Lulu425 Lulu425

Nope. When I was a teenager, I had an abortion. I since memorialized my lost child with a tattoo of a butterfly on my shoulder. Tattoos can mean anything.

nonmember avatar christine nargi

Not at all. I got my first tattoo at 18 and my 2 ns at 25 and have gotten 6 more after turning 40. I love them all and have a few more I plan on getting.. I am definitely NOT a typical mom.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

nope don't regert any of them and i'm actaully getting 2 more.

nonmember avatar Neverregret

I have a half sleeve and still getting more

nonmember avatar Lynn

I do not regret my tattoo at all. It is an original design. it's a bracelet around my wrist with flowers in different colors that symbolize different awareness ribbons for people I have lost in my life.

nonmember avatar Melissa Votaw

I don't regret any of mine. I have 5 tats and I'm still wanting more. I have my last name (right arm), a rose (left arm), a set of hearts (on my chest), a pixie (left calf muscle), and this last one is my favorite of my son's preemie footprint (on my rught ankle). I'm very proud to show them off.

nonmember avatar Liz

I absolutely don't regret any of my tattoos. Granted I got my first one at 22 and I'm now only 26. But the 3 I currently have have alot meaning to me and I will be getting tattoo number 4 as soon as I'm done breastfeeding my son

i.payton i.payton

I love tattoos, and I have two with plans to get a third soon. I sort of regret my very first one. It's done well, it's in a place that can be easily hidden, and that I don't have to stare at all the time, but I don't believe in what it means anymore. That being said, I also know that I once felt that way, and it's a reminder to me that we all grow and evolve.

Lady_... Lady_Dragonfly

I love all my tattoos, My husband (yes he knows what he is doing, did tattoos for 15yrs now) did all of them.  I have a butterfly on my butt, fairy on my lower back, moon and three stars upper back, zodica signs on my wrist Libra and Leo.  the number 13 with flowers around it on my shoulder, dragon with butterfly wings up the inside of my leg, Tiger lilies up my side, star with flames on my tummy, and I am getting more. I love tattoos....  They make me, ME...... 




you rock

Mykid... Mykidsrock812

Nope, I don't regret mine at all.  I was 30 when I got it, and I love it.  My son(who is 16)  just got dog tags tattooed down his side with writing in them in memory of his cousin that was KIA in Afghanistan in 2011 and I know he will never regret that.

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