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Regrets? I've Got a Tattoo

tramp stampTattoos have exploded in popularity the last 15 years. What used to be the pride of sailors, and convicts are now fashion for, well, pretty much everyone.

According to a 2010 Pew Research study, 40% of people 26 – 40 have body art. That would be those of us who came of age in the era of Friends and Lollapalooza.

But as with all trends, the tide is turning.

Tattoo removal is starting to become more popular as people start to realize that what was cool when you were 24, doesn’t necessarily fit with your life when you’re 40. The removal business is up by a third, which has me wondering: how long is it before the tattoo you once thought was cool, starts to become a regret?

I’m not talking the tragic extreme face ones that Mommyfriend has written about, but the cartoon character on your hip, the barbed wire on your arm, or the tramp stamp on your back that you thought was cool in your 20s, but a decade later? Not so much.

Fess up … tell us about your tattoo: What is it of? How old were you when you got it? Where is it? Do you still love it? Does it still mean anything to you? Will you be letting your kids get a tattoo?

Image Credit Doug Wertman

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