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What's in a Name: Why Guns and Inks Tattoo and Piercing Studio Discourages Name Tattoos

Updated: Apr 15

"Infographic image from Guns and Inks Tattoo and Piercing Studio explaining 'What's in a Name' and highlighting reasons why tattoos with names are generally discouraged, promoting informed decision-making in body art choices."


Tattoos are a powerful and personal way to express yourself and commemorate the people, places, and experiences that have shaped your life. However, not all tattoo designs are created equal, and certain types of tattoos can be more problematic than others. At Guns and Inks Tattoo and Piercing Studio, we generally discourage clients from getting name tattoos, and in this blog post, we'll discuss the reasons behind this stance.

The Potential for Regret

One of the main reasons we discourage name tattoos is the potential for regret. Relationships can change over time, and what may feel like a meaningful and lasting connection today may not hold the same significance in the future. This is particularly true for tattoos of romantic partners' names, which can lead to feelings of regret and discomfort if the relationship comes to an end.

Limited Creative Expression

Name tattoos can sometimes lack the creativity and visual impact of other designs. While there are undoubtedly many beautiful and artistic ways to render names in ink, a simple name tattoo may not allow for the same level of personal expression and artistry as other, more imaginative designs.

Difficult to Cover or Remove

If you find yourself in a situation where you want to cover or remove a name tattoo, it can be challenging and costly. Name tattoos can be harder to disguise with new designs due to their specific lettering and placement. Additionally, laser tattoo removal can be expensive, time-consuming, and potentially painful, making it a less-than-ideal option for many people.

Alternative Ways to Honour Loved Ones

There are countless ways to pay tribute to the people who hold special meaning in your life without resorting to a name tattoo. Instead of getting a name tattoo, consider alternative designs that symbolize your relationship, such as a shared interest, a significant date, or a meaningful symbol. These designs can be equally meaningful and personal while also being more versatile and less likely to cause regret.


At Guns and Inks Tattoo and Piercing Studio, our primary goal is to help our clients achieve their desired body art while minimizing the risk of future regret. While we understand that name tattoos can be meaningful and significant to some, we encourage clients to consider alternative designs that capture the essence of their relationships without the potential drawbacks associated with name tattoos. Our talented team of artists is always ready to work with you to create a unique and meaningful design that will stand the test of time, no matter the subject matter.


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