When I was 16 I wanted one thing. It wasn't a boyfriend, a new car or shoes - it was a tattoo. I thought getting a tattoo would make me the coolest person at school, 'Wow she must be so tough, she got a tattoo!' After months of begging my parents and leaving pictures of what I wanted around the house they finally caved (they each have a few tattoos of their own, so I think that made it a bit easier). My 16th birthday present was a TATTOO! For images I had two choices: my 'favorite' flowers or the words 'no regrets' (HA). I ended up with two massive flowers on my right ankle. I guess I wanted to make a point that I REALLY like flowers-- a permanent marking of basic-bitchness. Thankfully, my father convinced me that the back of the neck was a bad idea considering how it would look in a future wedding gown situation. I was inked and ready to show the world. l thought I would be that 'badass' (LOL) girl in school, but nothing had changed. Unfortunately things got weirder. I was now the girl with the massive flower tattoo on her ankle--not cool, not tough, just weird. It only took two years for me to start absolutely hating it-- could you imagine if I would've got 'no regrets'?
Now I take every opportunity to hide it. Whether it's crossing my legs, finding the right angle to stand or wearing pants as much as possible (I wish covering it with foundation worked). I haven't brought myself to start the tattoo removal process yet, because it will take upwards of a year and be very costly. Everyday I hope some new form of removal technology will be released-- quick and cost effective. Maybe I should go ahead and ask for removal as my 22nd birthday present...how ironic.
I don't advise getting obnoxious teenage tattoos, but I'm kind of into small early 20's life lessons. I like the look; tiny, dainty and cute. If a person is going to make a choice that they might regret when they are 27 it might as well be small enough to hide ;).
How do you feel about tattoos? Do you have any 'mistakes' like me? Are you considering getting anything?