This is our second post in the series on second chances. Read the first post here.
There are some circumstances that go beyond tattoo regret. When tattoos are tied to a negative part of life or associated with poor life choices, removing them can be significant of a fresh start or a second chance at life. This series of blog posts will focus on situations in which laser tattoo removal can play a role in a new phase in life. This post will discuss tattoos and drug addiction or alcoholism.
Sometimes tattoos are attached to drug or alcohol use in that the tattoo itself glorifies the use. This was the case for Kyle, a 34-year-old painter, who has been in recovery for 4 years. At the age of 21, Kyle had a large marijuana leaf tattooed on his back. “It was just such a huge part of my life at the time that it just made sense for me to get it tattooed,” recalls Kyle. “I was proud of my lifestyle.”
Other times, tattoos are applied under the use of drugs or alcohol. Amy’s neck tattoo was the result of a night of heavy drinking. “My friends and I went out one night and after getting a few drinks in us, we decided to get tattoos.” Technically the act of getting tattoos while under the influence is a no-no, but the tattoo shop looked the other way for Amy and her friends. “Being the daring one in my group of friends, I decided to get a tattoo on my neck. Boy did I regret that decision.”
Both Amy and Kyle’s tattoos had negative associations with drinking or drug use and removal made sense for both. Recovering from a drug or alcohol problem is a major life change and one that often requires a complete life overall. Tattoos obtained during this period may need to be removed to help with a fresh start.
For Kyle, removing the marijuana leaf off his back was a necessary step in starting his new life. “I no longer need to explain the tattoo or try to hide it all the time. That part of my past is over and I am so thankful I went with removal.” For Amy, removal was the best choice. “I am no longer that rebellious party girl. The neck tattoo was tasteful and small, but it was not a good representation of who I am today.”
Whatever the reason for seeking laser tattoo removal – a fresh start is possible. Call Remove A Tattoo – laser tattoo removal clinic today for your free consultation!