Getting a tattoo removed, because of the time, cost, and discomfort, can feel like an even more major decision than getting a tattoo in the first place. So if you’re looking into getting a new tattoo, or curious about whether it will stand the test of time, knowing about the most commonly removed tattoos can be an interesting added perspective.

Tattoo removal is not as uncommon, or scary, as it seems. “More and more people are getting their tattoos removed,” Dr. Howard Sobel, cosmetic dermatological surgeon, tells Bustle. “This could be due to the fact they are bored with their tattoos, no longer want them to be visible, or the original meaning behind them has worn out its welcome.” And laser surgeons see a lot of these removals, so they start to get some insight into what may be getting removed the most.