Out with the Old, In the with the New: Begin the New Year with Something You Won’t Regret

With 2016 coming to a close, we thought it would be interesting to take our annual look at a popular service sold through Groupon that truly signifies “out with the old, in with the new” –– tattoo removal.

According to the results of an online survey released earlier this year and conducted by Harris Poll, the number of people who are getting tattoos is increasing, but so are the number of people who are having regrets about their ink. The percentage of Americans with at least one tattoo increased from 21% four years to ago to 29% today. With more people getting tattoos, the number of people who regretted their tattoos also grew from 14% to about one of out every four people.

We looked at Groupon tattoo removal purchases from the past year, and we found that Austin, Texas once again topped the list of cities that got the most ink expunged. Following Austin was Lexington, Kent., Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Okla., Louisville, Kent., Phoenix, Houston, Providence, R.I., Salt Lake City and Atlanta.

Some of most commonly removed tattoos include: name tattoos, dolphins, misspelled words, barbed wire, stars, butterflies Chinese characters, Celtic designs, signs of the Zodiac and fairies.

Top Tattoo Removal Cities

  1. Austin
  2. Lexington
  3. Oklahoma City
  4. Tulsa
  5. Louisville
  6. Phoenix
  7. Houston
  8. Providence
  9. Salt Lake City
  10. Atlanta

If you’re interested in a resolution that you’re guaranteed not to regret this New Year’s, then Groupon has a number of great money-saving ways for you to get in shape, relax, learn a new skill or try something new.

And finally, since most people still have no regrets about their tattoos (including the author of this post), we decided to also take a look at which cities bought the most Groupon tattoo deals.

Baltimore beat out last year’s number one, which was San Antonio, to top the list. Following San Antonio was Las Vegas, Jacksonville, Fla., Seattle, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, N.M., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver and Pittsburgh.

Top Tattoo Cities

  1. Baltimore
  2. San Antonio
  3. Las Vegas
  4. Jacksonville
  5. Seattle
  6. Milwaukee
  7. Albuquerque
  8. Minneapolis/St. Paul
  9. Denver
  10. Pittsburgh