Dear Annie: Should I Keep the Ex Tattoo?

Dear Annie,

When my ex and I got married, we got matching tattoos, (mine with his name and his with mine).  Our divorce was final last week. I am wondering what to do about the tattoo.  My ex is an okay dad, (compared to yours). I don’t want to upset my son (he is four) by erasing his daddy, but I’d like to start dating and it could be really awkward if I ever take my clothes off again.

What do you think I should do?


Angelina Jolie had "Billy Bob" lasered off after the break-up.


Congratulations on the finalization of your divorce and I hope the future holds much happiness as you build a different life than the one you thought you would.

Of course you want to handle your son’s feelings with sensitivity, but having the tattoo lasered off isn’t much different from taking off your wedding ring. You are fortunate to have an “okay” father in the picture so try to stay positive about him with your son and to support their relationship.

Oh, and don’t make the same mistake twice: Don’t get a partner’s name inked again!

Wish you the best,



Just for fun, Molly Kalafut has cataloged a list of celebrities who have memorialized their commitments in ink and lived to regret it.


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Dear Annie is usually a regular Tuesday feature of The Bitter Divorcée unless a certain someone’s ADD brain deems it otherwise.  Annie’s sole gumball-machine-gotten qualification for advice-giving is that she survived one extraordinarily nasty divorce. The Annie answers are in no way meant to substitute for professional advice and readers should always use their own best judgement. These questions and reflections are posted in hopes of inspiring other readers to chime in on the discussion, to offer support, and to help one another to work out solutions to the complex situations that can arise as we collectively reconstruct our lives post-divorce. Please leave comments or if you have personal feedback for the questioning reader, drop an email to be forwarded to her. If you have a question of your own, send it to Annie.

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