Dear Tattoo, I Used To Love You

Earlier this morning I was reading about Megan Fox getting rid of the Marilyn tattoo on her forearm. Even if I think it’s a good idea – face tattoos always look creepy and the forearm is too exposed – I couldn’t help thinking about the fact that tattoos were once supposed to last forever, and that was a big part of their charm. For a long time the only way to get rid of a tattoo has been covering it up with another. Removal was just not an option. Sort of “once a tattoo person, forever a tattoo person”.
Nowadays, thanks to Q-switched laser techniques and a local anesthesia, tattoos can be removed safely and painlessly. The laser heats up the pigment particles for few nanoseconds and fragments them into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are then removed by normal body processes. With repeated visits the ink will completely fade away leaving no scars.

Take a look at these two pictures of Megan. In the first one, from 2009, the tattoo is clearly visible. The other one, from June 2011, proves that she had already started the treatment and shows a faded Marilyn.

When talking about tattooed celebrities, we must of course mention Angelina Jolie. She appears to have twelve to fourteen tattoos all over her body. Some have been covered up during the years, like the dragon on her hip which has been replaced by a thick cross, and some have been canceled. For example, an Asian dragon tattoo on her upper left arm with the name of her second husband Billy Bob Thornton above it. It took her several visits to the tattoo removal clinic to erase the design after they broke up. The geographic coordinates of her children’s birthplaces are now in its place.

Amy Winehouse, on the other hand, had no time to grow tired of her many and colorful tattoos. Pin-ups, the loved one’s name, a horseshoe. All show Amy was fond of traditional sailor’s tattoos.

It is most likely that her unique personal style and most of all, her tattoos, may in fact have inspired fashion photographer Steven Meisel for the shooting of his December 2007 amazing editorial for Vogue Italia.

Last but not least comes Rick Genest aka Rico the Zombie or Zombieboy. Star of Lady Gaga‘s music video for Born This Way and muse of Mugler‘s designer Nicola Formichetti, Rick has had the majority of his body tattooed to look like a decomposing corpse.

What are your feelings about tattoos? Love them? Hate them? Ever had one removed?

xx Sumi


One thought on “Dear Tattoo, I Used To Love You

  1. Laser removal IS painfull actually and getting a tattoo removed is more painful than getting tattooed so to say “painlessly” is kind of stupid.


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