Not everyone wants to be reminded of those bad breakups and failed relationships.
Fortunately, this Valentine’s Day you can remove any and all reminders of them.
For Nick Thurnback...it's a permanent and painful reminder of days gone badly.
“Don’t go to Vegas on a bottle of gin,” said Thurnback.
7-21-07 was not a good day for Thurnback. An impromptu Vegas wedding led to a celebratory tattoo.
Nearly five years later, he's divorced and getting rid of what he calls a bad memory.
“I get tired of people asking me what the date is about…Oh, you know, I got married, gin, Vegas...ahhh.”
This year for Valentine's Day, Thurnback started the process of lightening his ink, which is something the staff at Lighten Up in Phoenix say they see a lot of this time of year.
“The most common reason why people want their tattoos removed is not necessarily that it’s a bad tattoo…it’s that the tattoo no longer fits their life style,” says Martha Wang.
Wang says during the removal process the laser breaks the ink particles into tiny pieces, eventually eliminating it.
“It’s more painful to look at a tattoo that has negative memories than it is to get the removal done,” says Wang.
“It’ll be nice not to look down and think about that person anymore,” said Thurnback.
Thurnack doesn’t think taking it off is any more painful than putting it on was. That day will soon be a distant memory.
Thurnback plans to lighten his tattoo enough to get some new ink put over it and Lighten Up is offering a special this month...25% off three treatments on tattoos related to love...hearts...wedding rings etc.