What was I inking?

Julie Simmons of Beauty Spot Day Spa, Marcoola, removes a tattoo from “Elise”.
Julie Simmons of Beauty Spot Day Spa, Marcoola, removes a tattoo from “Elise”. Cade Mooney

IF YOU are wondering whether a tattoo emblazoned on some part of your flesh would look totally awesome then read "Elise's" story first.

The 23-year-old, who is too embarrassed to be named, has spent the last few weekends and hundreds of dollars trying to get rid of what she once thought would spice up her appearance.

Elise is not alone in her quest to de-ink her body.

Salons across the Sunshine Coast have been busy helping people who have regretted the permanent stain.

Elise started her ink exploration with a couple of stars three years ago.

"At the beginning of the year, I decided to add to it.

"Then it all went dramatically downhill," she said.

Somehow the tattoo artist did not get the picture Elise had of the tattoo she wanted on her back.

"A few hours of pain later and I thought 'Oh my God, that is not what I wanted.

"I cried all way home and thought, 'how the hell I get rid of it?"' she said.

"You sign a paper that you acknowledge this is permanent.

"I was so embarrassed."

Elise researched the best way to remove what nature had not intended before deciding on the Rejuvi method, offered by Julie Simmons of Beauty Spot Day Spa, at Marcoola.

Cream is injected through tiny needles, almost like giving a tattoo, and this then causes the ink to come to the surface of the skin.

This forms a scab and then drops off.

Elise still does not quite know why she got a tattoo in the first place.

"Once I had it I thought this is not me, I'm so not a tattoo person and knew I wanted to get rid of it."

Her advice to others is "don't get one, fullstop".

"I was all for it, now I've had one and am trying to get it removed, I really don't like it.

"You might like it when you get them, but 20 years down the track it will still be there.

"My boyfriend has five tattoos, and I love them on him.

"But I spent $350 having my tattoo done and I've already spent more than that trying to get rid of it."

Topics:  sunshine coast tattoo removal

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