Has the tattoo pendulum finally reached the furtherest it can swing toward ink in the world of celebrity? While it may seem that even more performers are rushing off to the tattoo shop (Justin Bieber now has Jesus on his leg, and Reese Witherspoon may be hiding one on her stomach, and Tom Hardy keeps posting each new one he gets on Facebook), the line over at the dermatologists where they do the tattoo removal seems to be getting longer and longer.
Megan Fox drew a lot of attention when she got a large portrait of Marilyn Monroe on her forearm as something that large and bold really did stand out when compared to what other mainstream actresses were putting on their arms, but she won't have to worry about that too much longer. Fox is in the process of having her Marilyn erased with laser removal. Various sources list the reasons for reversing the ink as being a fear of Marilyn's back luck to just plain outgrowing the design. It's also been noted that Megan has said the removal process is much more painful than it was getting the tattoo done in the first place and the actress has been said to have taken to wearing a mouthguard to protect her teeth and help deal with the intense sensations of pain as the removal sessions take place.
Much like Mark Wahlberg shed his early moniker of "Marky Mark" he's also shedding the tattoos of his youth. His intention is to go back to being totally blank and feels by doing so he will be setting a good example to his four children. The rapper-turned-actor has also related how painful the laser removal has been for him and in an appearance on David Letterman's Late Show Wahlberg decided to share details of the process that included skin burns and pus bubbles as side effects of the process. Apparently he is now thirty session into his removal experience and there's still a lot of ink to go.
Actress Eva Longoria recently joined the tattoo removal club as well. Following her divorce from San Antonio Spurs point guard, Longoria chose to have the tattoo of the word "nine" which represented her ex-husband's jersey number lasered off her back. As is often pointed out, tattoos for pets and children seem to hold up forever, but if there's one type of tattoo that seems doomed to become irrelevant in the future, it's the one that you get for your spouse.