As you may know all too well, it is not uncommon for a person who opted to get a tattoo to later be interested in tattoo removal. There are so many reasons why people decide to get tattoos, and there are just as many reasons why they may want to have them removed. Before discussing why tattoo removal treatments are so popular and why we feel that PicoWay is one of the best options for tattoo removal, let’s discuss some of the reasons why people get tattoos in the first place. This will provide more insight into why so many men and women ultimately decide to get tattoo removal.
Why Do People Get Tattoos?
It is estimated that around one quarter of the people who get tattoos eventually look into tattoo removal using a laser treatment like PicoWay. This could lead a person to wonder, what was it that encouraged a person to get a tattoo in the first place?
Tattoos mean different things to different people. Tattoos started out in different tribal cultures and in ancient settings. At that time, a tattoo identified an individual as belonging to a certain class, a certain tribe, or a certain group. Tattoos were considered a permanent thing as tattoo removal was not really an option.
In the 20th century, tattoos went from being something that was primarily associated with tribal cultures to being something that was an intricate part of modern-day society. Since their introduction into modern-day society, they have fascinated people.
If you are reading this, it is likely that you are either considering getting a tattoo or you want to learn more about tattoo removal. Either way, it is good to understand what it is that motivates people to get something that is basically permanently etched into their skin.
One of the biggest reasons why people get tattoos is because of their cultural significance. Getting a tattoo is an ancient practice. There are examples of tattoos going back to 3100 BCE. Tattoos were seen and are still seen as being a part of ancient rituals or traditional aesthetic values.
There are still a number of modern cultures where tattoos are not just for fashion but instead serve as a way to indicate a person’s position within a tribe or within a social structure. However, even in areas where tattoos have traditionally been a part of the culture, modern influences can be seen, notably in the way that the design of these tattoos has evolved into a more modern appearance. However, although the appearance of the tattoos has changed slightly, their cultural purpose and significance in these societies remain the same.
On the other side of the coin, there are individuals who decide to get tattoos to show that they have a counterculture mentality or that they belong to a subculture. Examples of this are individuals who get tattoos because they belong to prison gangs, bike gangs, or political groups that are on the fringes of what society considers to be the norm. Individuals who live a certain lifestyle, choose to only use certain types of food, or listen to particular types of music may also choose to get a tattoo as a way of displaying the sense of pride they have in the group that they associate with.
For some people, getting a tattoo is a way for them to demonstrate their sense of belonging to a group or to a culture. This also helps us understand why some people opt for tattoo removal using laser treatments. When they no longer feel connected to the group or the culture that their tattoo identifies them with, they may feel that the only way for them to completely break away is for them to get the tattoo removed.
You can think, for example, of an individual who joined a prison gang. While they were in prison, that tattoo served as a sign of their belonging to a group and likely provided them with some level of protection. Now that they are no longer in prison and are trying to assimilate into traditional society, they may see their tattoo as a hindrance. They may feel that the only way for them to get the job they want, set the example that they want for their children, or be accepted by mainstream society is to get the tattoo that identified them as belonging to a fringe group or to a subculture removed. This gives them a new lease on life.
There are a number of people who have gotten tattoos because of the way their tattoo makes them feel about a particular individual, a relationship, or a situation that they were in. For example, it is not uncommon for an individual who has lost a lot of weight, broken free from drug or alcohol abuse, or overcome a serious disease to get a tattoo as a way of marking something that is personal and that has significance to them.
One of the biggest reasons for people to get tattoos is to commemorate a relationship, such as a marriage or an engagement. The permanence of the tattoo is thought to signify the permanence that one hopes to see in their relationship with the other individual.
Here again, we can clearly see why people may opt to get tattoo removal treatments. This usually happens when the relationship that the individual with the tattoo has with the person or the event that the tattoo is designed to commemorate changes in nature.
For example, a person may get a tattoo because they get engaged to the person who they think is their forever soulmate. A few months later, this relationship may end. Now, the tattoo goes from being something that reminds them of the beautiful memory of an enduring relationship to being something that reminds them of a relationship that went wrong or someone who they may even dislike.
Some people see tattoos as a fashion accessory. For them, getting a tattoo is a way to complete the overall look that they are trying to project to others. Sometimes, when people see tattoos as a fashion accessory, they get a very small tattoo that is displayed in a discreet area. Others opt to get an entire sleeve full of ink.
People’s tastes constantly fluctuate. A design or an image that a person thinks is cool when they are 18 is not necessarily going to hold the same attraction to them when they are in their 20s or 30s. A fashion accessory that identifies a person as belonging to a certain group or a certain style of dress may not work as well as an individual gets into their later years of life. Here again, we see another reason why people turn to tattoo removal. Whether the tattoo is a small and discreet design or a large and readily visible piece of art, our PicoYay laser treatments may be able to make the tattoo fade or disappear completely.
The way that society views tattoos has changed drastically in the past decade. They have really gone from being something was thought of as rebellious to something that is thought of as being on the outer fringe of what most consider to be acceptable. Still, there is something about an individual that has tattoos that catches your eye. It sets the individual apart as being different than the rest.
For a lot of people, getting a tattoo is more than just standing out in the crowd. Instead, they are looking at something that is a physical manifestation of the way that they feel on the inside. They see tattoos as a way of expressing themselves to others in a way that they might not be able to do on their own. A lot of people get a tattoo because they want that reaction. They want people to take a double look at them.
The thing is, as people get older or as their circumstances in life change, the desire to stand out or attract attention may fade. Or it could be that the person has found another way to set themselves apart from the crowd and no longer feels that a tattoo is the right way to do this. Tattoo removal may be exactly what they need.
Addressing Your Ink with Laser Tattoo Removal
You can clearly see that there are a number of motives behind why people get tattoos. The reason for getting a tattoo is just as individual and personal as the reasons why people want to have their tattoos removed.
Thanks to PicoWay laser tattoo removal treatments, tattoo removal is entirely possible, and the process is more convenient and comfortable than ever. Using this state-of-the-art laser system, we can address tattoos of all colors and types.
The benefits of PicoWay tattoo removal treatments are many and include:
- Amazing results in fewer treatment sessions
- Greater comfort
- Fast treatment sessions
- Fast results
- Less discomfort than other laser systems
It’s important to keep in mind that the results of laser tattoo removal vary from patient to patient depending on a number of factors. During a consultation, we can give you realistic outcome expectations based on your specific case.
Do you have a tattoo that no longer suits you? Are you interested in learning more about tattoo removal and how PicoWay can help you make your unwanted tattoo a thing of the past? If so, reach out to our team at Bare Laser and Skin. Book an appointment at our office in Langley so that you can get all the facts about laser tattoo removal. We would be more than happy to evaluate your tattoo and address any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us today to schedule your consultation! We look forward to helping you get rid of your unwanted ink.