The Most Removed Tattoos - Our Top 10 List

JULY 8, 2022

Aston's chest tattoo removal results - before & after photos
Aston's chest tattoo removal results - before & after photos

Did you know that as many as 50% of people no longer like the original design of their tattoo? We’re counting down the top 10 tattoos removed at NAAMA with the LightSense™ laser system.

We see a lot of tattoos come through the door at NAAMA, from quotations to dolphins, cityscapes, roses, and everything in between. We listen closely to our clients on a daily basis to understand their removal goals and the reasons that bring them to our studio for tattoo clearing.

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Image showing professional tattoos removed in 6 sessions
Image showing professional tattoos removed in 6 sessions

NAAMA's data show that the reasons people want to remove their tattoos can be divided into four main categories.

The first being 50% of people no longer like their original tattoo design, followed by 25% of people saying their tattoo no longer reflects who they are.

In a near tie for 3rd and 4th place: 13% of people say their tattoo reminds them of something they’d rather forget and 12% cite other triggering and/or personal reasons leading them to tattoo removal.

So what are the most common tattoos we remove at NAAMA? You asked, we listened. Here’s our top 10:

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Laser tattoo removal work after 4 sessions
Laser tattoo removal work after 4 sessions

1. Tribal

We get quite a few tribal tattoos that were done between the early 90s-00s - a real trendy staple of that time. They’re often a bigger design that clients feel they’re ready to move on from.

2. Stars

Another early 2000s trend, stars are a popular one we see. Sometimes done as a singular design, or in a cluster on areas like the neck, behind the ear or lower back.

3. Lower back tattoos

All the rage once upon a time, lower back tattoos were a go-to for celebrities like Pamela Anderson. We often see this paired with a tribal, barbed wire design or quotation.

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4. Flowers

Flowers are often a design chosen for their symbolism, whether that be growth, rebirth, a homeland, marriage or even the arrival of a baby. Frequently we see them becoming painful reminders for people who have moved on.

5. Mermaids

Perhaps a surprising one, this nautical tattoo design is one we’ve had several requests to remove - whether that’s due to design flaws or people no longer liking how it looks.

6. Names of ex-anything’s

Lovers, friends… you name it, we’ve removed it.

Image: A client's stick-and-poke tattoo before and after treatment.
Before and After image showing faded ink particles

7. Quotations

Quotations tend to be a very personal and specific choice. They’re easy enough to outgrow, depending on what stage in life someone gets one inked or what they say.

8. Geometric shapes

This style of tattoo can be quite harsh because it’s often done with thick line work or even solid shapes on more delicate areas of the body, like wrists. A lot of the time clients want them removed for being too visible or too random of a design choice.

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9. Butterflies

Another popular 90s-00s trend that’s coming back, butterflies are a popular tattoo pick. Reasons for removal can range from impulse decision to sloppy line work.

10. Symbols

From Roman numbers and Chinese characters to icons, logos and pictograms - we see it all. Symbols are often markers of more meaningful moments or memories that sometimes no longer stand for what they used to.

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