My Argument in Favor of Tattoo Removal

Posted on 4 November 2017 under Uncategorized

Our daughter begged to get a tattoo. She told us how “everyone” was getting them. We relented a bit and permitted her to get a henna tattoo of the design she wanted. At least they wear off over time. As it faded, she wanted it done in permanent ink. We told her no. When she was old enough to make the decision herself, she got the tattoo. Now, a few years later, she was looking for a Singapore aesthetic clinic to get laser tattoo removal. I did not want to say, “I told you so,” but the look on my face kind of gave that away.

She did not like how the tattoo became an object of focus and judgment as she rose up through the corporate ranks. She wore clothing to cover it after her last promotion. It was a rather benign tattoo, but some people interpreted it as an act of wildness or rebellion. A few even interpreted it as sexual promiscuity. She abhorred the misunderstandings the ink on her skin generated that were not actually part of her character. She told us that she saw the tattoo as one thing while other people had various interpretations of what it meant and why she got it.

There is an entire cultural system of tattoos from what the images are to where they are placed. The lower back tattoo even has the common name of being called a “tramp stamp” suggesting only the promiscuous get them. It reminds me of men and earrings in the 1980s. Your sexual orientation was publicly defined depending on which ear a male had an earring in. Plus, it was opposite on the other coast! I used to have a tattoo, and I had it removed. All of them fade as you age, and they end up looking like a raisin as compared to a grape.

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