The primary reasons people get tattoos is to feel unique, express independence, or to make a life experience stand out. 18- to 25-year-olds are the most likely to get tattoos, but for many a shift in identity occurs over the next five years and they choose to get the tattoo removed as a way of disassociating from the past.
Top Reasons Stated for Getting a Tattoo Removed
- A break-up. According to Dallas Tattoo Removal, the most commonly removed tattoo is a cursive name. These are usually the name of a boyfriend or girlfriend, and when a break-up occurs, the tattooed individual wants the name removed as quickly as possible.
- A change in interests. People often choose their tattoos based on interests that as little as five years later, they may no longer feel as strongly about. Band logos are one of the most commonly removed tattoos.
- Embarrassment. Many eventually just regret having gotten a tattoo. Of almost 200 people polled while getting tattoos removed in 2006, 57 percent said they suffered embarrassment, 38 percent thought it lowered their body image, and 25 percent felt they had experienced stigma because of their tattoo.