Body art has become much more popular in recent years, with celebrities like David Beckham actively showing off their ink and looking fantastic for it. However, for every appreciated and much loved tattoo, there are many that are deeply regretted. Perhaps they are symbols of emotional scars we want to forget, perhaps they were done on impulse and don’t represent who we are right now – maybe they simply don’t look good or don’t even mean what they were supposed to.
Previously tattoos could be considered a permanent piece of body art, with no real successful tattoo removal treatments being present on the cosmetic market. Studies show that more than half of people with three or more tattoos regret at least one of their designs. Yet only one in 20 tattoo fans have had their designs either erased or changed, despite technology making removals far easier.
With innovative technology advances, laser tattoo removal has revolutionised the industry, enabling anyone and everyone with a tattoo they want removed painlessly, effectively and quickly.
In the last 5 years Premier Laser have kept a log of all the many tattoos we have successfully removed over the years and complied a league table of the top 10 most regretted designs.
90’s sensation Britney Spears has a fairy tattoo, as does The World Is Not Enough star Denise Richards. According to this study, it turns out for some, fairies aren’t always so magical.
9. Signs Of The Zodiac
R&B star Rihanna and heroes star Hayden Panettiere both have signs of the zodiac tattooes. Did the horoscopes predict regret for the owners of these mystical tattoos?
8. Celtic Designs
Canadian actor Jay Baruchel has a large celtic cross design on his arm, as does singer, songwriter and actor Justin Timberlake and gorgeous Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine. It looks like the luck of the Irish doesn’t prevent lots of people regretting their own celtic tattoo designs.
7. Chinese Symbols
David Beckham has them, Megan Fox has them, Justin Bieber has them and Britney Spears has them. They can often be mistaken for something else and are notorious for meaning something different to what the owner thought they meant, for example; Britneys chinese symbol on her hip was meant to say ‘mysterious’ but it actually means ‘strange’. They were a huge tattoo fad in the 90’s, but the fad is most definitely over for many owners of chinese symbol tattoo designs with them being the seventh most regrettable tattoo designs in this study.
Mariah Carey has one, Vanessa Hudgens has one as does Paris Hilton and Kelly Osbourne, but these pretty insects don’t stay pretty for long according to our study, with them being the sixth most regrettable tattoo design in the study.
Stars became fashionable after super star Rihanna had stars tattooed on her back and behind her ear. Jessica Alba, Avril Lavigne and Sienna Miller also all have star tattoos. But at 5th most regrettable in the study, many owners of star tattoos are wishing upon them to go away.
4. Barbed Wire
Pamela Anderson was most definitely the creator of this 1990’s tattoo fad, with Cheryl Fernandez Versini paying homage to the design incorporating it with a rose on her thigh. Sadly, as the 4th most regrettable design in the study, it most definitely didn’t keep plenty of barbed wire tattoo owner’s feeling like Baywatch Babes for long.
3. A Quote Misspelled From A Different Language
Unfortunately, this tattoo issue is extremely common, and usually only gets discovered after the tattoo has been completed. The most famous case of this happening is with David Beckham who had a Sanskrit tribute to his wife Victoria on his arm, only to find Victoria had been spelt Vihctoria – proof this kind of tattoo regret can happen to absolutely anyone.
Another 90’s fad, dolphins adorned the shoulders, feet, hips and various other places on peoples skin in the 90’s, but more than a decade later, plenty of dolphin tattoo owners want their marine life art, well and truly released back into the wild.
1. Ex Partner’s Name
The biggest tattoo taboo is having your ex partner’s name inked somewhere on your body. Although tattoos will last forever (without treatment), relationships definitely aren’t always as reliably permanent. Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, Marc Anthony, Johnny Depp, Christina Aguilera, Kathy Griffin, Rob Kardashian, Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards, Eva Longoria and Melanie Griffith all had ‘ex tattoos’ and opted to have them removed or covered up.
We have seen a 25% rise in removals over the last two years as more and more people opt to get body art.
A Premier Laser Clinic spokesperson said:
“When your personal life is a volatile as Katie Price’s it is perhaps not the wisest move to have your husband’s name tattooed on your arm. We have had celebrities in our London clinics quietly erasing tattoos of former lovers made in haste. Without a doubt, the most common tattoo that we remove at Premier Laser Clinic is an ex-partner’s name – we would advise people to think long and carefully before inking their lover’s name onto their skin.If you do make a mistake, it has never been easier to remove an unwanted tattoo and we can leave the skin looking almost brand new.The procedure is quick and pain-free.”