What Makes A Regrettable Tattoo?

what makes a regrettable tattoo

Tattoos are increasing in popularity and are often beautiful works of art. However, tattoos don’t always come out as expected. Below are several common factors that can contribute to regrettable tattoos.


Most tattoo shops require their patrons to sign a release form before they get a tattoo. It includes the customer’s agreement that they have not consumed alcohol immediately prior to the tattoo. No good artist or shop will recommend or allow those who have been drinking to get a tattoo. Still, some less reputable shops ignore it. Basement scratchers don’t usually even give it thought. And many tattoos are simply done at home among friends and family. However, there are reasons those considering a tattoo should take this seriously. Consuming alcohol before, and especially during, a tattoo can severely affect the final product. Besides increasing the chance of passing out, throwing up, moving too much during a tattoo, or making a bad design decision, consuming alcohol changes the way a body accepts ink.

Alcohol thins the blood. This makes a person bleed more when the tattoo needles penetrate the skin. Bleeding more means the body is immediately pushing the ink out instead of letting the skin hold onto it. As this happens, the artist must work the area harder, going over and over it, to saturate the skin with ink. And, as you probably guessed, this causes even more bleeding. The result is a blotchy, lackluster tattoo, with blurred lines and possibly heavy scarring. When the tattoos heal, they will likely not be pretty.

Reaction to the Ink

People are allergic to many things: pollen, insects, pets, foods, soaps and detergents … and tattoo ink. Allergic reactions to tattoo ink may be a simple itch that comes and goes or persists. In these cases, it’s annoying but other than that, it’s harmless. More serious reactions include rashes and raised or scaly skin directly on the tattoo area. This can occur immediately after the tattoo or anywhere from days to months later. These extreme reactions usually only subside once the ink is removed.

Poor Aftercare

Properly caring for a fresh tattoo is just as important as skillful application of the tattoo. Most tattoo artists go over aftercare instructions with their clients. Many even provide handouts with written instructions. It is imperative when getting a tattoo to not only ask for and pay attention to these instructions, but to also follow them. Letting a tattoo dry out, picking and scratching at it, using harsh chemicals on it, and exposing it to sun all compromise the healing process and may very well result in an ugly, damaged tattoo and associated scarring.

Bad Application

A tattoo can only be as good as the artist applying it. Lack of experience or motivation to provide good work can cause a tattoo to come out inferior. Also, some artists are heavy-handed with their machines, creating too much damage to the skin. This could create blowouts or cutting of the skin, thick scabs, and holes that make inkless pits in the skin. Other artists are too light-handed, leaving their tattoos unsaturated and quick to fade. Others are just plain bad artists without the necessary talent or training it takes to create a beautiful product. This is just one reason it’s important to research artists and make sure they are licensed, knowledgeable, and have good portfolios.

These are some examples of aspects of tattooing that are highly likely to result in bad tattoos. Drinking alcohol, allergic reactions, improper aftercare, and poor application all contribute to the world’s unhappily tattooed. Whatever the cause for the inferior ink, there are few options: wear it, cover it with clothing, get it covered with another tattoo, or get it professionally removed.

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