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Can’t decide which tattoo to get? Want to be a bit original? Here’s a list of the 10 most popular tattoos that you may or may not want to use based on popularity.



Whether you’re going for the nautical star look or the Rihanna tattoo look, stars are one of the most common tattoos out there. My advice? If you’re going to get a star, try to be a little original with it.

I never understood the whole skull fad, but I guess it’s popular enough for a ton of people to want tattoos of it.



Not all that surprising. Whether you love them or hate them, tribal tattoos are extremely popular. Now I doubt that half the guys that get these tattoos have any relation to actual tribes, however, they aren’t that bad to look at.

Weird, right? Yeah I was surprised too. Nothing against people with dragon tattoos; it’s just never crossed my mind to get a tattoo of a dragon.



This really isn’t a big surprise either. Although this tattoo is common, I feel like it’s also a bit more personal; everybody will have a different reason to get a cross tattooed on them.

Not surprising at all. I like the idea of heart tattoos – except the heart with the word ‘mom’ in it. I don’t know of anybody who actually has that – but again, try to be original with it.

Chinesse or Japense Symbols

Angels I was kind of surprised by this one, but I guess it almost goes hand-in-hand with the crosses.

Not surprising here either. The cool thing about these tattoos? You could literally get any word you want and nobody would have any idea what it says.

Names Personally, I like the butterfly tattoos. My only qualm with getting them though, is that they can very easily look cheesy. If this is a tattoo you want, make sure you have an exact idea of how you want it to look.

Whether it’s the name of a family member, your own name or the name of someone in remembrance, these tattoos are pretty popular. However, I would stay away from getting the name of a boyfriend or girlfriend tattooed on you; I hear tattoo removal is pretty painful.



New job or career? Having problems with wearing revealing clothes? Or just suffering embarrassment? These are just a few reasons why both men and women seek out tattoo removal procedures. It may seem like getting a tattoo is a form of artistic expression, rebellious action, a status symbol, or just a way to get back at your parents. 44 percent of people who have gotten tattoos did so to feel unique; 33 percent wanted a taste of independence; 28 percent wanted to bring attention to a particular life experience. But after time passes by and your skin is still inked and your mind matures, what then? There are multiple reasons why not to get a tattoo or why to have one removed or covered up. The six most common reasons for tattoo removal reported included 58 percent who just decided to remove it; 57 percent suffered from embarrassment; 38 percent had found a new job that required a professional appearance that prohibits tattoos; 37 percent have problems

wearing certain clothes that show skin and another 27 percent experienced a stigma among their peers. Dermatological surgeons state that the complete removal of a tattoo is not possible. The removal of a tattoo is difficult because tattoos are meant to be permanent. Tattoo removal was not always a series of laser sessions; tattoo removal started in the late 1980s with a series of more painful methods of removal. Dermabrasion was the sanding of the skin, cryosurgery was the freezing of the skin, and excision was where the tattoo was simply cut off by use of a scalpel. These forms of removal are still used in some cases today but lasers have become the standard treatment for

tattoo removal. The laser removal offers a bloodless, low-risk and effective alternative with minimal side effects. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis with a series of visits. The laser removes the tattoo by using a wavelength of light in short flashes called pulses. The lasers effectively remove the tattoo with a low risk of scarring. The lasers of light pass harmlessly through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. Before getting a tattoo people usually think about the cost of getting it, but they should be more concerned about the cost of removing it. Having a tattoo removed is a lot more expensive than having one done. Laser tattoo removal ranges from several hundreds of dollars up into the thousands depending upon size, type, and location of the tattoo. RAD87@CABRINI.EDU

Nov. 29, 2012 issue 12 Loquitur  
Nov. 29, 2012 issue 12 Loquitur  

2012-13 issue 12 Loquitur Cabrini College student newspaper, Radnor, PA 19087 Nov. 29, 2012