Is getting a tattoo worth the consequences?
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According to the British Association of Dermatologists one in five adults in the UK has a tattoo and almost a third wish they hadn’t got it. The study of 580 people discovered men were more likely to have regrets than women, particularly men who got the tattoo before they were 16. On the other hand women who got their first tattoo over the age of 21 were the least likely to regret their decision. We’ve known since people started inking up that a lot regret it. The gender divide isn’t surprising either. It’s a well known fact women mature quicker than men (sorry guys!) and it seems logical that women over 21 would have a much more mature state of mind than boys under 16 – an exceedingly juvenile time to get a permanent alteration to your body. When I got my tattoo I was 18, nervous and had been planning it for the good part of a year. I was aware of the risks of getting something that in five, 10, 20 years I’d hate and was even more aware of how painful (and expensive) laser surgery is.
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