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Tattoo regret: ‘Knowing how hard they are to remove, I will never get one again’

With an estimated 20pc of people who get inked expressing regret, tattoo removal has become big business. We talk to the industry experts and those who have braved the painful process

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Mary Kelly is in the process of getting five tattoos removed. Photo: Mark Condren

Mary Kelly is in the process of getting five tattoos removed. Photo: Mark Condren

Mary Kelly. Photo: Mark Condren

Mary Kelly. Photo: Mark Condren

Bonnie Ryan (pictured with Dave Fanning) used body makeup to conceal a tattoo on her wedding day. Photo: Instagram

Bonnie Ryan (pictured with Dave Fanning) used body makeup to conceal a tattoo on her wedding day. Photo: Instagram

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Mary Kelly is in the process of getting five tattoos removed. Photo: Mark Condren

Like so many before her, Mary Kelly fell for tattooing hook, line and sinker in her teenage years, as a way to express herself through body art.

I thought they were amazing,” she recalls. “I love the experience of getting a tattoo. But knowing how hard they are to remove, I will never get one done again.”


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