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      Tattoo regret?

      Tattoos originated thousands of years ago, most often done for religious or spiritual purposes, according to National Geographic.

      These days, tattoo shops around the world say tattoos are a way to honor individuality.

      But sometimes, individuals may get the wrong tattoo for them.

      "I do have a tattoo on my hip that I kind of regret. I got it when I was really young, it was my first tattoo. And it doesn't make any sense! It's three different things, three different themes that have nothing to do with each other, but I was young and silly and got it done anyway," said Cara Parrish.

      14 percent of Americans have tattoos, and spend around $1.65 billion on tattoos every year, according to StatisticBrain.com.

      Of those 14 percent with tattoos, 17 percent regret at least one of them.

      Parrish said she doesn't hate any of her tattoos.

      But one in particular doesn't resonate with her anymore, and she wants to get it covered up with some new ink.

      New Age Tattoo & Body Piercing Owner Justin Gahn says he has customers coming in wanting tattoo cover-ups all the time.

      "We do see a lot of it, unfortunately. There's a lot of pieces out there that we have to re-work for people which we don't mind doing. We just hate to see it because you know, we don't like to see people that are unhappy with their work. So we are glad to be able to help them with that," said Gahn.

      Gahn says the time it takes and the level of difficulty for getting a tattoo covered up depends solely on what you're trying to disguise.

      To get a tattoo covered up, first the artist needs to trace your old ink and have an idea of what you'd like it covered up with.

      Then, they try to draw you a sample.

      After that, you make an appointment to come in and get the actual work done.

      Parrish says she hasn't thought of what she'd like in place of her old tattoo, but when she does, she can't wait to get started.

      "The only reason I even want to cover it up is because now that I am at an age that I can understand that it doesn't make as much sense now, I have an option of covering it up with something that's more representative of where I am at now in my life," said Parrish.

      Gahn said what you want covered-up is very important during the consulation as well.

      He said larger, darker shapes can sometimes be most difficult to re-work.

      If you're thinking about a cover-up or rework, the artists say it's best to make an appointment first for a consultation, then an appointment for the actual tattooing.

      That way, the artist can focus on you and your individual tattoo and create the best possible piece they can so you're happy with the end result.