I just started this tattoo almost 3 months ago. It wasn't an impulsive decision at all, I had been wanting a ocean themed tattoo for years but couldn't afford it until recently. About 2 months after initially starting the tattoo i started to regret it. I just started feeling it was too big, tacky, ugly, etc... I have become very self consious and ashamed of it which has caused alot of anxiety and other issues. I won't go into all that. The main reason I am on here is to get advice on whether laser tattoo is worth it, especially with a big piece like this one.
I know its a huge time committment and could take years to complete. I'm just afraid of commiting alot of time, money, and pain for results I'm not happy with. I'm worried it may just lighten my tattoo and still leave a faint image of the tattoo or it may make it look worse and leave scars. In that case it may be better to finish the tattoo. Then I worry about if i finish the tattoo I'll have to live with being insecure about. I have been to one consultation and they said they thought the black and "red" would come off pretty easy since the black is pretty light in some areas. The yellow and blue will be harder to remove. They said they wouldn't know how many sessions I would need until they started. They quoted me about $7,000.
Whoa! i'm assuming it would be more than that. I'm stuck trying to decide if i should continue with the tattoo and maybe it will grow on me, but it's hard to finish something I'm not excited about anymore. I haven't spoken with my tattoo artist about this, I was afraid I would offend him. The tattoo is covering an older one and it looks like it doesn't want to take the ink over the old tattoo, so that's another issuue. I have been doing a lot of research online about laser tattoo removal and that's what brought me here. I just wanted to hear from other people that have had successful/unsuccessful laser tattoo removal and hear what your thoughts were on the process. Would you recommend it for a large piece like this one?