What’s in a Name?

What’s the one rule of tattoos? No names! Yet, every day people request tattoos of their significant others’ names, and every day, people ask to have these tattoos removed. Regretting a name tattoo can be like a worst nightmare when it happens to you. Even if your regret comes years later, you can experience embarrassment and shame from having an ex’s name permanently marked on your skin.

Are Name Tattoos Jinxed?

For whatever reason, it seems like those who get the names of their romantic partners as tattoos inevitably end up separated, broken up or divorced. As a result, some people believe that name tattoos will jinx their relationship. Yet many others still choose to have name tattoos done. After all, when you are in a loving, committed relationship, you believe that your love will last as long as any tattoo, so why not go ahead and get one?

Many a tattoo artist holds a strong superstition surrounding names, and will often discourage someone from going through with their original plan. Some will go so far as to say that getting the tattoo done will actually cause your relationship to fail, especially if it is already on the rocks. While getting your wife or boyfriend’s name permanently marked on your skin may seem like a romantic gesture that she or he can’t possibly ignore, this apparent gesture of love may be just as likely to backfire.

Let’s Talk Some Numbers

Not superstitious at all? Maybe you don’t care about bad luck and omens, but you can’t really argue with numbers. Research shows that around 20-30% of partner name tattoos are later regretted. In fact, it’s the most regretted kind of tattoo of all time. So, even if you don’t have a superstitious bone in your body, when considering a new tattoo, let the hard math speak for itself. You’re more than likely going to regret having that person’s name tattooed on your body, as a permanent reminder of a relationship gone sour.

Think Thrice About Names

Don’t just give that name a second thought. Before having a husband’s, girlfriend’s or partner’s name set in ink, think very carefully about all the possible outcomes. Even if you truly believe your relationship will last a lifetime, the statistics on tattoo regret should offer a common sense perspective.

Even good relationships fail

Everything seems rosy right now, but even the best of relationships can fail, seemingly at the drop of a hat. You don’t have to expect the worst, but you should at least consider all the possibilities.

Old tattoos hurt new partners

If you end up with someone else in the future, a tattoo of your ex’s name could cause your future partner significant frustration or hurt. To avoid possible future hurt, consider an alternative gesture of commitment.

Name tattoos tie you to the past

When it’s time to let go of a love lost, a name tattoo can add an additional hurdle to your healing. Being confronted with your ex’s name every single day certainly won’t help you move on.

Too Little, Too Late?

Okay, so you’ve already gotten that name tattoo? These things happen, and they clearly happen to thousands of people! Never fear, tattoo removal is a very real option.

Our laser clinic has just about seen it all, when it comes to tattoos that people want removed. From multiple ex partner names on the same person to monikers representing decades’ long relationships that recently failed, we’re pretty well versed in regretted name tattoos. Even name-free images used to symbolize an ex, such as a flower or heart, can cause deep regret for some.

Thankfully, modern technology has made laser tattoo removal a very safe and readily accessible treatment. If you regret getting your former sweetheart’s name permanently etched into your skin, we can help you solve your problem.

Tattoo Removal Options:

Even if you’ve heard of tattoo removals, you may be surprised to learn that there are multiple options. Here are three different procedures we can offer you.

Partial Tattoo Removal

Many times, with a partial removal, an existing tattoo can be creatively turned into something entirely different. If you have an idea for a tattoo makeover, partial removal may be your best bet.

Lightening for Cover up

If you want to put a new tattoo over your old one, more than likely you only need to have your existing tattoo slightly lightened. This is a faster and more affordable option than a full removal.

Full Tattoo Removal

If it’s goodbye forever, you may want your whole tattoo removed, and as fully as possible. For cases where you don’t plan on a makeover, coverup or new tattoo any time soon, full removal is probably the best solution to your unwanted tattoo. Clearing up the area will also make it easier for you to have a new tattoo in the same spot, if you later decide you want one.

Before and After Transformations

Want to see what the results are before you undergo treatment? Browse our gallery of Before & After photos to see some of the many successful name tattoo removals we have done.

If you’re ready for laser treatment, or you have questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call. A friendly member of our staff will be happy to talk you through the procedure and answer any of your questions.

Now, let’s get that name taken care of!

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