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Celebrities are getting tattoos left and right, usually because they need to remove the name of a lover that’s no longer the star in their personal movie. Here’s the lowdown on who’s done it and who might.

Quick, think of a celebrity who has tattoos. The first names that might come to mind are Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox, two Hollywood actresses who frequently get compared to on another because of the number of tattoos they are sporting on their bodies. But they’re hardly the only famous people who have gotten their bodies inked. And since so many celebrities are getting images drawn onto their bodies, there are a good percentage of celebrities that are seeking to have those images removed. Tattoo removal is on the rise and celebrities are helping to set the trend.

Two Types of Tattoo Removal

There are two basic options when it comes to tattoo removal. One option is to actually get the image completely removed using laser technology. And the other is to get the tattoo lightened and then covered up with new ink. Celebrities, like anyone else, may choose either one of these options to get rid of a tattoo that they aren’t interested in keeping.

Biggest Cause for Celebrity Tattoo Removal

One of the biggest reasons that someone goes in to see a tattoo removal specialist is because they have the name of a lover inked on their bodies. Matching tattoos and tattoos inspired by a romantic partner are other big causes of tattoo regret. Relationships often just don’t last as long as the ink does and people don’t want those ugly reminders of failed partnerships lingering on their bodies. This is even truer for celebrities than for the average person since celebrity relationships are even more intense and quicker to fade than the common relationship. As a result, break-ups are the biggest cause of celebrity tattoo removal.

Celebrities that Have Gotten Tattoo Removal

There are too many tattoo removal celebrities to count. Here are a few of the ones that really stand out over time:

  • Denise Richards

    When she was married to Charlie Sheen, Richards was inspired by the fact that he loved her enough to get her name tattooed on him. She decided to return the favor but when the relationship recently fizzled out, she opted to get the tattoo covered up with the image of a fairy.

  • Charlie Sheen

    Richards wasn’t the only half of that couple to remove tattoos. Sheen decided that his had to go as well. Sort of. His new fiancée wanted Richards’ name off his body and Sheen decided to comply with the request.

  • Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton

    Here’s another couple that got each other’s names tattooed and then got them removed. Hers were covered up with the birthplace names of her kids. His was covered up by an angel.

  • Britney Spears

    Britney recently made a comeback due in no small part to a successful appearance on the television show How I Met Your Mother. She played the role of a receptionist at a tattoo removal office which is kind of ironic since she just get a tattoo removed herself. The ink was Hebrew lettering on the back of her neck and you’ll notice that it’s not there anymore.

  • Tommy Lee

    This is one of the most well-known cases of celebrity tattoo removal because the tattoo was a swastika that Lee had on his body. It’s been gone since the early 1990’s when he decided the ink wasn’t good for his image.

  • Johnny Depp

    Depp fans appreciate the humor of his tattoo removal which took place after his split with Winona Ryder. Taking off the simple “na” from the design created an entirely new slogan that reads “Wino Forever”.

  • Kathy Griffin

    She had a wedding band tattooed on her finger but the marriage didn’t last so the ring had to be tossed out. Laser tattoo removal did the trick.

  • Tony Danza

    Did you know that Danza used to have a Keep On Truckin’ tattoo? It’s been gone since the early “90s when tattoo removal first started becoming readily available.

Celebrities Who Might Want Tattoo Removal in the Future

As stated, the biggest reason that someone might get tattoo removal is because of a break-up so there are a lot of Hollywood stars out there who should keep the name of a good tattoo removal doctor handy just in case they end up in the midst of a break-up. Here are some of those stars:

  • Carmen Electra

    She recently got a tattoo representing the KORN guitarist that she”s currently making music with. Since her last two marriages ended in divorce, there’s a good chance the ink’s going to be around longer than the guitarist will.

  • Eva Longoria

    She’s got a number nine tattooed on the back of her neck in honor of her husband’s jersey number. Even if the relationship stands the taste of time, there’s a good chance that she’s going to realize one day that she looks like a gang member because of the tattoo.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    She just decided to get a tattoo of a C in honor of her lover Chris Martin.

  • Pink

    She’s got “Tru Luv” tattooed on the inside of her wrists but since she’s already split from the guy who wears the match, she might want to think about removal

The Popularity of Celebrity Tattoo Removal

Celebrity tattoos and celebrity tattoo removal are both on the rise. As a result, more and more people are interested in which stars have gotten them and which have gotten them removed. This has created a new niche market in the media for anyone who is interested in reporting on these trends.