The word “addiction” often gets tossed around when people are describing their quest for ink. Addiction essentially means having to perform the same action or activity over and over without ever gaining control of it. There is also a psychological aspect to addiction that is best described as something that someone relies on in physical sense, a psychological sense or both.
We certainly see people who claim they are addicted to ink and are covered in tattoos. And there isn’t a lot of information available, statistically speaking, about the number of people who have multiple tattoos. Many people we treat for tattoo removal have more than one tattoo. This begs the question … can you really get addicted to tattoos?
While tattoo addiction remains a heavily debated topic, psychologists generally don’t seem to think so. Many feel that it is misleading to use the words “dependence” and “addiction” when talking about tattoos, but note that there are benefits to body art that may compel someone to compulsively seek it. These benefits may include the adrenaline rush and endorphins released from experiencing pain or the social attention and/or interaction that comes with having a visible tattoo.
An article in Psychology Today talks about the concept of tattoos having a stale date. Tattoos, which are often symbolic of life and vitality, eventually become habit or routine. We have two choices when the tattoo reaches the stale date: regret it and accept that life gets stale or move forward. It is this desire to move forward, the author argues, that can compel people into continuously seeking tattoos.
Whether tattoo addiction is possible or not, it is understandable that some people cannot stop at just one tattoo. Laser tattoo removal becomes an option when you are living every day with a tattoo you no longer want. Whether you are seeking lightening of a tattoo for a cover-up or full removal, Dr. Brotzman at Remove A Tattoo – laser tattoo clinic offers safe and affordable tattoo removal for the Greater Milwaukee Area. If you have some tattoos you want to have removed, give us a call today at 414-617-2849.