Why Getting a Tattoo at a Young Age Could Be a Bad Idea
A person can legally get a tattoo aged 18 in the UK – but is getting a tattoo that young ever a good idea?
In the UK, you are allowed to get a tattoo as soon as you turn 18. Should people this young be allowed to make such a life-altering decision though? Let’s look at why teens don’t always make the best decisions – and where you can find the best laser tattoo removal London has to offer.
When you’re a teenager and in the first flushes of love, it feels like that relationship will last forever. Sadly to say, teenagers are rash, and young love is often fleeting. Tattoos of a lover’s name are always a risky idea – but even more so when long term commitment is a long way off. If an 18 year old decides that they want to get their boyfriend or girlfriend’s name tattooed, chances are they will regret it further down the line. With age comes a little more restraint.
When someone first turns 18, nothing is more exciting than being able to go out and drink with their friends. Needless to say, alcohol can play a part in some pretty bad decisions. A lot of people think that it’s illegal to tattoo someone who’s drunk, but there is no such law in place. It’s down to the tattoo artist, and while most are reputable some will let a drunken teenager get some ink. You don’t need us to tell you that that’s a bad idea.
What interests someone as a teenager probably won’t when they are an adult, and yet so many 18 year olds get tattoos inspired by songs, films, and TV shows. However, there’s no telling how well those pop culture references will age. What seemed cool when a person was 18 may be embarrassing or even offensive a few years later, and then they are stuck with a tattoo that reminds them of that.
Living with regret
Lots of older people regret the tattoos they got when they were young, and say that they have hindered their progression in the workplace or made them less confident. The only way to avoid this kind of regret is avoid the tattoo parlour altogether – but that’s easy to say with hindsight. As more people look to get rid of their unwanted body art, interest in tattoo removal has grown and grown.
If you have a tattoo that you’d rather leave behind in your teenage years, then laser tattoo removal is the only proven way to get rid of it. A lot of people assume that it’s very painful – but if you can stand the pain of having a tattoo, it really is bearable. Tattoos are gradually broken down over a number of sessions with the laser, and many can be removed completely. So if you have a tattoo you regret, help is at hand!
Think before you get that ink
It’s unlikely that the laws surrounding tattooing will change, so young people will always be at risk of getting body art that they regret further down the line. However, with laser tattoo treatment always changing and evolving, those regrets don’t have to be permanent.
Although if you’ve just turned 18 and you’re reading this – maybe take a little time to think before you go under the needle!