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A Tattoo Artist Tells Us How to Know If You Really Want That Tattoo

The Real Housewives of Potomac's Robyn Dixon has one tattoo and she's not regretting it. Yet.

By Marianne Garvey

Robyn Dixon and ex-husband Juan Dixon divorced in 2012, but they still continued to live together under the same roof as they raised their two sons, Corey and Carter.

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But The Real Housewives of Potomac mom is back in a relationship with her ex — and Robyn marked the reunion with a tattoo.

And one that she considered for a very long time, she says. (It's her only tattoo.)

“Early on, I was like I’m not getting your name, your initials, like nothing. But we’ve grown so much to get to a better place," she said on The Real Housewives of Potomac After Show

The two interlocking hearts she got inside one finger make her feel like "our relationship it really is like we are connected forever," she explained. 

“Hearts mean love,” she said, adding, "Yes, I got a tattoo but I didn’t get a big one."

Robyn Dixon Tattoo 2

And it wasn't on a whim. 

Tattoo artist Eric Rignall, who works at Inkstop Tattoo in Queens, New York, says he ends up doing "a lot of covering up" on people who get tattoos for love.

"Images and the thought of getting them all have different purposes," he says. "Getting someone else's initials is a big decision — I end up covering up a lot of stuff like that."

Eric says he can tell when someone is doing it on a whim, but that's not the case with his work anymore, since he is now booked three months out. 

"The good thing about it is I'm booked up and you wait and if you still want it then you'll want it three months later. The people who I'm dealing with generally know they want it."

For those who do get a tattoo on a whim, "you'll regret it the next day," he says, and often try to get it covered up pretty quickly.

His advice:

"Don’t be talked into it by someone else," he says, advising to think about what you want and why you want it. 

"It's empowering make a decision to get something that you'll have for the rest of your life," he says. "People like the individuality it brings them."

Remember, tattoos are permanent; pick a spot you'd want to see or not see every day. Know it hurts. Do your research on tattoo parlors and artists. There are also are many places online where you can ask yourself if you really want that tattoo.

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