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How do you all deal with your family and friends about tattoo regret

  • Canadagirl75
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • 8 months ago

I got my tattoo 3 weeks ago and regretted it by the next day. My parents don't even know I have it. My close friends do and I have confided in a couple of friends about my regret. They have been supportive but I am afraid that my parents will not be. Do you all just hide the regret and are you all getting the laser done in secret? Hoping to be able to just get the tattoo off without family having to know? I do not want to hear the "I told you so"...even though I know I deserve it. Do you just suck it up and take it or do you pretend to not have regret around them? I guess that last question applies ot those that haven't started the laser removal yet and are just trying to decide.

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Hi, It is remarkable how much you and I can relate in the sense that we have the same worries about our tattoo regret. I haven't told my parents about my tattoo either - I've told a couple of friends, but yeah, I am getting laser done in secret. I got used to hiding my tattoo after a while, and it's not so bad. I think you can definitely have laser done in secret and it'll be fine. One day you'll look back and maybe reflect with your parents about the whole ordeal...
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My tattoo is on my forearm so it would be difficult. My parents still have not seen my tattoo but with spring/summer coming up I'm going to have to let them in on my secret. Thankfully, I'm more confident than right after I got it. I'm an adult and it was my decision. I can be confident now in telling them as the regret has faded and all the feelings that came with it like shame, embarrassment etc.
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Definitely tell your family/friends about it at some stage. It's so much easier to deal with problems with your family/friends by your side. Trust me, no matter what "I told you so" response they give you, they WILL support you in the end if you let them understand your POV. It's also quite uncomfortable to keep a secret from the ones you love. Have faith in your family/friends!
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Hi! I'm in a very similar situation with my tattoo. The day I got it done because my tattoo is on the large side my parents seen it straight away. I would have loved to wear pants and hide it on my leg but its summertime and I can't get away with it! Anyways I've ordered some make-up called dermacolor for tattoo cover and its worked wonders on my tattoo! Temporary fix until I can afford to travel to get picosure laser removal. Only my friends know I want my tattoo removed so I'm planning laser surgery in secret. I recommend covering it with this makeup until you decide what to do next.

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Hey!! I know how you're feeling. I am very secretive about my tattoo with my friends and family, and I'm 28!! I keep it covered often and only very few people know of my true hatred for it. Getting a tattoo that you hate makes you feel ashamed of what you have done to your skin and letting other people know sometimes increases that feeling. If you want to tell your parents, maybe try writing them a letter so that they know just how sensitive you are about the topic and that way they will know how to address it by not throwing the "I told you so" comment around. What's done is done and maybe they could end up being more support for you then you think.
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Thanks for the advice. I think I'm going to wait a little just to give myself some time to figure out what I'm doing.
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