Everyone seems to have tattoos these days

If I was more confident about my flabby bits I would be covered. As it is I have a few dotted about and a full shoulder. I’d love a sleeve though. Maybe one day!

When I was in my late teens and early twenties only the coolest and hardest people had a tattoo – I can say that because I was one of them.

Tattoo parlors weren’t in the league that they are nowadays. You weren’t encouraged to design your own. You didn’t have to wait weeks or months for an appointment with your favourite tattoo artist.

You would fancy a tattoo, walk in off the street. Pick one from a picture on the wall or in a book, sign a waiver and get on with it.

Things have come a long way in the world of tattooing since then, which can only be a good thing.

I had my first tattoo when I was twenty. I had made friends with some lovely people from Scotland when on holiday in Kavos and went to stay with them, well her parents. I’ve since lost contact with them which is a shame.

We went to T in the Park and when we got back they took me to get my first tattoo.

When we got back to her parents house they were devastated. Worried at the thought of what my mum would say. Luckily she was pretty cool about it.

To be honest it wasn’t the best tattoo you’ve ever seen and I had it covered up for my 30th birthday. But you can still see it a bit

Eleven years on and laser tattoo removal treatments have come long way

Laser tattoo removal isn’t just a way of removing a tattoo it’s also a way of lightening it so it can be covered.

Had I known this 11 years ago I would probably have given it a go in order to have something different.

I can only imagine that laser removals will become more popular as time goes on – if the young people I see with tattoos these days are anything to go by!

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