We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Tattoos are permanent. There may be lasers that can clean up your skin but there isn’t a laser that can remove a tattoo and leave no trace. And guess what? We have the internet, where youthful mistakes will always be remembered.
Take Kelly Osbourne, for example. She’s decided that her ink was her “way of self-harming because I really knew it would upset my mum and dad.” Now she’s got a bunch of silly images that she hates to look at and will soon go under the laser to get them removed. But even though Kelly’s tattoos will no longer be a part of her future, they’ll always–thanks to the internet–be a part of her past. She is, of course, not alone. Here are five celebrities who have had their tattoos removed and five more who need to be dragged to the surgeon, kicking and screaming, to get the awful ink of theirs erased.
5 Who Have
1. Kelly Osbourne
The aforementioned Kells can, at this point, barely remember getting any of her tattoos. She got them to piss off her parents, she says. It may be hard to remember since he’s become a cartoon, but her father is OZZY OSBOURNE. You know, the guy who used to be called the “Prince of Darkness.” The guy who bit the head off a live bat onstage. Yeah, we’re betting it’d take a little more than an image of a keyboard on your arm to upset the guy.
2. 50 Cent
Curtis Jackson, as he probably wants to be known now, has gotten his arm tattoos removed, and it’s actually for a rational reason. Now that he’s an actor (you might remember him from that movie with the guy from “Gossip Girl” that’s not Chuck Bass), he wants to avoid four hours of makeup to cover the things up. He is, however, refusing to remove the giant “50” and “Southside” from his back, because he plans to make that relate to every character he plays, somehow.
3. Charlie Sheen
Notorious prostitute pursuer Charlie Sheen has gotten four tattoos removed: a zipper, a samurai, a Yankees symbol and a tattoo of angel wings (because, come on, that’s such a girl tattoo). He’s keeping a tattoo of Charlie Brown and a “Back in 15 minutes” sign, which must be a commemoration of the amount of time he would spend with each woman of the night. Oh!
4. Pharrell Williams
“Laser treatment bitches! Extra crispy.” What more needs to be said? Soon, to stay cool, you’ll have to get tattoos just so you can get the removal scars.
5. Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg made a lot of embarrassing decisions as a young one. There was the Funky Bunch, the underwear modeling and, of course, the tattoos. But unlike his third nipple, Wahlberg was able to get his tattoos removed, which means his left shoulder no longer honors Bob Marley. Sorry, brah.