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Dame Helen Mirren, 64, regrets getting a tattoo during a night of heavy drinking... but it's not the tattoo itself that embarrasses the Oscar winner. It's the fact that, decades later, her act of youthful rebellion has lost its shock value.
"I was very, very drunk," the star of The Last Station told Good Morning America. "It was a very, very long time ago, when only sailors and Hell's Angels were tattooed, honestly, and prisoners. I decided to get a tattoo because it was the most shocking thing I could think of doing. Now I'm utterly disgusted and shocked because it's become completely mainstream, which is unacceptable to me."
The tattoo in question doesn't seem terribly rebellious at all: it's two small interlaced triangles on her left hand, forming a Native American symbol called a lakesh. Mirren has said it means "whole woman" and that it was inked with a safety pin by an Indian artist while she was on the road in Minnesota touring with a play. The tattoo is barely noticeable, except on rare occasions, like when she was holding up the 2006 Academy Award she won for The Queen.
Mirren's correct that body ink has gone mainstream -- almost a quarter of Americans under age 50 have at least one tattoo. And anyone experiencing "tattoo regret" is not alone: 17 percent of tattooed folks have considered getting their art removed.
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