Ten Common Tattoo Designs

What are the most popular tattoo designs? We’re pretty sure there isn’t any data that actually tracks this information. However, based on our observations and consensus in the industry, below are ten of the most common tattoo designs that people request when they go under the needle.

Tribal Tattoos – Tribal tattoos are an appeal to the old world order of man vs. jungle. While most tattoos are just a basic black, many incorporate intricate designs that are very visually pleasing.

Butterfly Tattoos– Ladies seem to love the butterflies. You can usually find these colorful critters on shoulder blades, hips (front and back), ankles or at the center of a lower back tattoo. Butterflies are graceful and pretty insects; what girl wouldn’t want to connect to these traits (minus the insect part).

Cross Tattoos – Many Christians demonstrate the power of their faith by getting the cross etched permanently in their skin. Popular cross tattoo designs include Celtic crosses, the Maltese cross and the Iron cross.

Angel and Wings Tattoos – Recently, wings have been sprouting from many shoulder blades. Not real wings, of course, but tattooed wings. Some of the best examples are intricately etched and scale the subject’s entire back. Angels are also very common skin accessories for those who desire a religious connection.

Flower Tattoos – Another favorite of the ladies, flower tattoos are popping up on almost any area of the female body from shoulder blades, to wrists, hips, chest, ankles and calves. Flower tattoos provide beauty and color that will never wilt.

Mythological Tattoos – Mythological creatures like unicorns, dragons, fairies, phoenixes, and minotaurs all carry special meanings and a long, symbolic history that individuals seek to capture and repurpose for their own life’s journey.

Kanji Tattoos – Tattoos of Chinese characters have a lot of appeal. They are able to convey a profound message in a stylistic way that is much more attractive than tattooing a long phrase on the body. Also, unless you run into someone who is fluent in the language, the true meaning of the tattoo is known only to the wearer and the ones he or she shares it with.

Celtic Tattoos – Celtic knots and other Celtic designs are visually pleasing, add a note of historical relevance and can denote Irish ancestry.

Lion and Tiger Tattoos – Lions, Tigers, and…okay, not so much bears. Lion and Tiger tattoos show up a lot on men. These ferocious and deadly cats can represent power or just the wearer’s favorite sports team.

Hearts – Love spurs many a tattoo, and hearts are the most popular tattoo choice for lovers. Hearts tattoos usually represent a person (whether a romantic partner or a family member), a special event or anniversary or a departed loved one.

Next time you get a chance to people watch, look around and see how many of these popular tattoos you can find. We certainly see a lot in our laser tattoo removal clinic!

Getting Tattoos Versus Laser Tattoo Removal

Ever since ancient times, tribes have been piercing each other’s skin with ink to construct what we know now to be tattoos. They have been popular for quite some time now, although previously not in mainstream society. Nowadays, tattoos are a very common thing. People from all walks of life have gotten tattoos for various reasons- both meaningful and not. It has become quite a popular way for expressing one’s ideals, beliefs, traditions, sense of self, etc. But why?

Could it be that mainstream society has created a norm? A norm of inking one’s body? Perhaps one can say that this is true. But, if that many people are getting tattoos and considering it to be a societal norm, aren’t there just as many people that don’t agree that is it a “norm”? There must be. Those are the people who are against getting tattoos in general and the people who’ve gotten them and have realized that they regret it. Tattoos are no longer a thing of permanence. This is the future. It is no longer ancient tribal times. We now have things such as laser tattoo removal to make our lives easier; to make our lives more uncomplicated.




Tattoos are becoming less of a mainstream idea as conservatism returns to society at large. This conservatism comes from political parties, religion, and old traditions resurfacing, etc. Not getting them or getting them removed is becoming more and more popular as time goes on.

Tattoos are not acceptable in certain aspects of society such as the workplace, church, etc. Also, many people find that they regret the tattoos that they’ve gotten when they were young and naive and wish to get them removed. Therefore, laser tattoo removal has become more and more desirable. You can erase mistakes, fit into society better, and start over fresh.


Get Your Dark Sun Spots Removed

Fun In the Sun. Spots on the Face

So many people are conscience of the dark spots on their hands, legs and face.  There is now reliable technology that can remove those spots to make people feel better about the way that they look.

By taking part in outdoor activities, you’ve taken care of your spirit. But, while enjoying an active lifestyle, it’s easy to Remove Age Spotsforget just how important it is to take care of your skin, such as wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and avoiding the midday sun. Even when you take precautions to protect yourself from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) light, eventually most everyone – men and women alike – will have to contend with photo damaged skin, and in-turn the skin gets dark spots.

In fact, over 90% of the signs of premature aging are sunlight related. We see it in men and women as young as 20, although photo aging is most apparent in those approaching an older age. The signs of sun damaged skin includes  thinning, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, roughness, broken blood vessels and brown spots.

Serving North Houston, North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal is on the forefront in Texas in the use of noninvasive lasers, light and energy to reverse the signs of aging and to restore the health, appearance and overall well being of your skin.

Do Away With Brown Spots & Broken Blood Vessels

Although associated with aging, lentigines (brown spots) are actually your body’s attempt to protect itself from overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays by overproducing melanin. Also known as liver spots and sun spots, this form of hyperpigmentation can persist on exposed areas of skin such as on the face, neck, shoulders, chest and arms and appear in a variety of colors ranging from dark yellow or brown to black.

Broken blood vessels aren’t broken at all, but rather dilated. The result of genetics, extreme heat, spicy foods, strenuous exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, anxiety or overexposure to the sun’s UV rays, enlarged capillaries show themselves on the face, neck and upper chest.

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

Most people have heard so many stories about getting their tattoos removed.  It is really not that bad and some people hardly feel anything, some have a pretty intense sensation.  Multiple factors; Location of tattoo i.e. thin skin, area where a lot of sensory nerves are.  Amount of ink in tattoo. Most important-your pain tolerance

Most people describe it like a strong rubber band snap,, but quickly goes away.  Remember we have the zimmer cryo unit which shoots super cold air over the area that is being treated.

AFTER Treatment-feels like a sunburn, they can have some swelling, pin point bleeding, and occasionally a blister.   This is all normal.


Restaurant Servers Cover Tattoos

Recently it was noticed that a restaurant server had a wrap on his arm and it looked like he was in an Laser Tattoo Removalaccident or something, but no, he had a tattoo he had to cover up at his work. It seems like it would be better to have it removed to not have to wrap it to go to work. This is a perfect example of the rules that employers can have about how you show your tattoos.

If the company chooses to include rules that prohibit employees from having any visible tattoos and piercings, that can be written into the policy. Once written into the policy, it can stand as legal ground, and if violated the company can take whatever action that they need to remedy the problem. Many companies feel that they need these policies in place in order to protect the public image of the company. There are several cases that have made it to court in regards to body piercings, and tattoos.

There are many rules that are in place in restaurants and it is important if you want to get or keep a job that you follow the rules about Tattoo.  Best just to get them removed and North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal can help you do that in the best way possible.

How Safe is it to Remove a Tattoo

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to getting a tattoo removed. The bad news is that tattoos are meant to be BadTattoosMeatTrampStamppermanent, and even state-of-the-art removal techniques won’t work for everyone; your chance of success varies with your skin color and the tattoo’s pigments and size.

It is safe to get a tattoo removed.  Many people over 40 now are thinking about getting one or all of their tattoos removed.  There is more technology available today to get tattoos removed.  Laser tattoo removal can be done in one or more more sessions depending on the type and size of the tattoo.

One of the side effects can be slight scaring, but most tattoos can be removed.  Call us for a free consultation to start the process to get your tattooed removed today.



Are Homemade Tattoos Easier To Remove?

Laser-Tattoo-RemovalWe’ve all been young, impulsive, and broke, so it’s no surprise that homemade tattoos are a popular phenomenon.

The upsides to homemade tattoos are that they are cheap and usually come with a good story. The downside, however, is that many people come to regret their homemade tattoos pretty quickly. Usually these tattoos are not notable for their skill, and it’s not uncommon to hear stories of words misspelled or objects so poorly drawn that a tattoo turns into a constant guessing game.

Luckily, some homemade tattoos come off readily with professional tattoo removal techniques. The easiest types of homemade tattoos to remove are those made using the needle prick method. This is where the design is drawn on your skin and a sterilized needle is used to make many small pricks in the skin. Ink is then smeared into the wounds. The ink in needle prick tattoos is usually close to the surface of your skin, which means the laser will easily be able to penetrate your dermis and break up the ink. Since less ink is typically used it also breaks up in fewer laser tattoo removal sessions.

Contact North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal to learn more about removing your homemade tattoo.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Well, we take a scalpel and…just kidding! At North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal, we get rid of your ink using good old fashioned science. When you come in for your consultation, we’ll assess your tattoo and provide you with an estimate on how many sessions you will likely need and what the approximate cost will be for the full treatment (see our previous blog posts on the cost and timing of laser tattoo removal).
On your first appointment, you’ll meet our Q-Switched laser, which is the main tool we use to get rid of your tattoo. We’ll give you special glasses to protect your eyes and then apply the laser to your tattoo.
The laser works by producing pulses of light energy. The light passes through your skin, hits the ink below and breaks up or “shatters” the ink. This doesn’t happen all at once. Clients may need to come in for multiple visits.
As the ink is shattered, your body will naturally absorb it and flush it out of your system. After each treatment, we ask that you keep the treated area covered for three days and regularly apply an antibiotic. We also strongly suggest that you avoid pools or baths, though showers are okay.
You should know that there are several different tattoo removal lasers on the market. Some of the lower-quality brands aren’t able to fully break own difficult tattoos. They don’t apply as much light energy and can’t reach the deep ink.
Lucky for you that at North Houston Laser Removal, we use the best laser possible, which means that when you sign on with us, your tattoo is as good as gone.
If you’re worried about the pain of the procedure or the cost, be sure to read our previous blog posts on those topics. If you still have questions about how our treatment works, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (281) 440-GONE. One of our friendly technicians would be happy to explain more or to help you schedule an initial consultation.
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