Debt Consolidation and Tattoo Coverups

A friend of mine had a tattoo on her forearm that after a while she grew to dislike, so she decided to see a tattoo artist and have that artist (evidently a renowned artist) see what could be done with the tattoo. It was decided to cover up the first tattoo with another tattoo that might be more aesthetically appealing.

Bad Gibberish Tattoo

This tattoo says, taken advantage of (according to Hanzismatter), I guess they were

The artist did his magic, and now a simply line drawing of an amphibian, has morphed in an elaborate colorful collage with an interesting phrase. The replacement is about 300% larger than the original tattoo in terms of surface area. I hope my friend enjoys the “cover up” tattoo, but it got me thinking that this seems much like the constant refinancing, and blending of debt (into other debt vehicles) that many folks seem to be doing these days.

Covering up debt is not making debt go away, and while consolidation loans can make it convenient to have all (or most) of your debt in one (hopefully lower interest) debt vehicle, if you continue to live the lifestyle that got you into debt in the first place, you really are only making the debt bigger (much like the tattoo).

If you are using a Debt Consolidation loan to get control of your debts, make sure you have a solid plan in place to pay down the debt, and make sure that you are not growing the debt further. Debt Consolidation loans are simply a tool, they are not a cure, and as with all tools if you are not using them correctly, you can make one hell of a mess.

Mrs. C8j has pointed out that more than a few advertisements for Consolidation Loans imply that once you get the loan, you are “Out of Debt”, but your debt has not changed it is just all in one place. You are out of debt when it is paid off.

Another good point with the tattoo metaphor, at least my friend went to a professional to get the “touch up” tattoo (and didn’t rely on a friend of a friend who did these for fun). If you are thinking of a consolidation loan, see a professional credit councilor (or a similar financial service).

 

 

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  • RICARDO May 4, 2016, 9:39 AM

    Managing tattoos (altering) and managing debt are not quite the same. If you do it right, debt would/should eventually disappear hopefully with no lasting traces.
    As to tattoos, IMHO, the parchment they are written on today will not resemble at all the parchment in 30/40 years from now. I sometimes wonder if those birds flying in the bright blue sky will encounter cloudy weather in the future with all the ripples and curves in those clouds.

    RICARDO
    However, a well placed arrows showing directions to stow equipment might always be handy some time in the future if I need glasses or get alzheimers and forget where to put it. Again, IMHO

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    • bigcajunman May 4, 2016, 12:07 PM

      Maybe I should have said, “Tattoo Coverups CAN be like Debt Consolidation”

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