Getting a tattoo centered on a holiday or culture is nothing new or bad. However, that doesn’t mean all tattoos are created equal. Some are downright silly and can close the doors on future job prospects in highly professional fields. Others are embarrassing, showing how little research the person does before getting permanent artwork. If you’re thinking of adding a tattoo this St. Patrick’s Day, avoid these choices.
Sure, they may look cute and funny, but do you really want one stuck on you every day of the year? As you get older, a leprechaun tat can become just as troublesome as the mythical creature. Cartoonish caricatures are rarely a good option because they tend to be seen as immature. Make sure your love of leprechauns is as solid as gold before you get one as a tattoo.
Rainbow Ending in a Pot of Gold
A rainbow by itself can be a beautiful and meaningful choice, but when paired with a pot of gold at the end, it can look childish. This common St. Patrick’s Day symbol is more akin to a Lucky Charms™ advertisement than an ideal piece of permanent body art. If you like gold that much, why not use the money on gold jewelry instead?
Unless you speak the language fluently or consult with someone who is a native speaker, going with a phrase in a foreign language can easily backfire. There’s a chance that the words don’t translate into what you think they do, whether from Gaelic to English or vice versa, especially if you don’t consider factors such as diacritical marks and idioms. Always be 100-percent sure of the following about the phrase before letting the needle touch your skin:
- Literal translation
- Figurative meaning
Anything When Drunk
St. Patrick’s Day is notorious for extreme alcohol consumption, so get your tattoo on a sober day. Too many people have ink regret after getting a tattoo when drunk! On a related note, leave the alcoholic beverages for drinking, not tattooing on your body.
Hope for the Regretful
If you’ve gotten one of these, or any other tattoo, and no longer want it on your body, the good news is that modern medicine has come a long way in ink removal. At Newport Tattoo Removal, you can have your body art erased sooner and more effectively than through traditional methods. You don’t have to live with the embarrassment of a silly or bad tattoo forever. Give us a call to get started (949) 631-9009.