My tattoo is beautiful… so why am I regretting it?

Guest post by Emma

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Earlier this year, I decided to go ahead with my plans for a half-sleeve tattoo, dedicated to my parents. I have a tattoo artist friend, and she’s very good. The tattoo itself is beautiful, and for a very long time I was happy with it, but now I’m feeling some regrets.

It’s not the typical case of “I got a horrible tattoo, and now I can’t stand it. Help!” I’m self-conscious about disliking it because it is absolutely beautiful. There are some days when I love it… and there are some days when it still feels unnatural to have it. I look back on pictures of myself before I got the tattoo, and I wish I could look like that again.

I can’t afford to have it removed, and don’t want to do that anyway. I chose the design that I did because it would always remind me of my closest, most-loved family.

Maybe I’m just having trouble adjusting to having a large design on my arm. I don’t like it when complete strangers ask me about it, or when men think it’s a sign that I want attention and hit on me.

I live in a fairly cold part of the world, so I can hide it most of the time, but it’s more unsettling to me that I’m not 100% ok with my decision.

I don’t want to get rid of it; I want to love it. I want to learn how to accept not only this part of my body, but other parts of myself. I have a lot of body issues, and I’m seeing this tattoo regret as a way to practice self-acceptance and learn to love myself as a whole.

Are there Homies out there who have regretted tattoos? How have you dealt with them and learned to love them?

Comments on My tattoo is beautiful… so why am I regretting it?

  1. Hi everyone how are you feeling these days? i got a a tattoo also a week ago, and i still can’t get used to it, i can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t stop thinking of what i did, i feel so fucking stupid i hate myself, can’t consider laser removal cause it’s very colourful, Red/Green it’s a Rose… and now im just here trying to make myself feel a bit better, reading all of your posts 🙁 .. i see the last comment was almost a year ago .. but still i hope someone will answer me..

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