Considering Tattooing the Nickname of your Significant Other? Rarely a Good Idea

Considering Tattooing the Nickname of your Significant Other? Rarely a Good Idea

As we used to say in college: “Never do what you can’t undo.” In my view, a tattoo was always one of those life decisions unlikely to be undone. And until recently, most people limited their perception of tattoos to the motorcycle community, with an image of a heart, and the word “Mother” appearing as a banner. But with the unapologetic proliferation of tattoos in professional sports in particular, their status and acceptance has never been greater.
Tattoos today have become complete body art, a trend that has shifted tattoos from simply being a single word, like a nickname, to a whole visual landscape, with an almost limitless variety of options.
So to find out how the tattoo phenomena was translating to the world of nicknames in particular, I once attended a tattoo convention to learn first-hand what the experts had to say about the wisdom, or lack thereof, of tattooing a nickname or a relationship “term of endearment” anywhere on the body.
One long-term tattoo artist from San Francisco said to me: “I honestly try to talk customers out of the idea of having something like ‘Honey Bear’ or some other pet name tattooed, because 80% of the time, they will come back within three months and wanting it removed. I’m tellin’ ya, it’s bad luck.”
One many’s folly is another man’s fortune. Here in Denver, there is a local business in my neighborhood called: “What Were You Inking?” Yep, you guessed it – a very cleaver name for a business in the tattoo removal market.¬†Obviously, there is a certain amount of irony in a person choosing to undergo even more pain and expense, to undo and remove the tattoo they had likely given a lot of thought to, sober or not.
Like we said in college: “Never do what you can’t undo.”

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