Getting revenge on an ex might leave some feeling gratified, especially if someone was betrayed by their previous partner. Well, when Torz Reynolds, 26, found out that her boyfriend was cheating on her, she decided she had to remove the tattoo of his name from her forearm. She did this herself — using a scalpel.
The background of the story begins with Reynolds dating her former boyfriend, Stuart “Chopper” May, for two years. According to the Daily Star, she was so “loved-up” that she had his name, along with a profanity, tattooed on her arm.
May had told Reynolds that he had found a job in Alaska and was moving there. A week later, Torz was shocked to find out that her beau had not moved; he was actually in his hometown and was seeing another girl.
According to various news reports, the jilted Reynolds was so adamant about getting his name removed that instead of getting it professionally removed, she decided to cut if off herself without the use of any anesthetic. “After 90 minutes slicing, she then used a pair of dissection tweezers to peel the skin back and remove it completely,” according to the Daily Star.
She then stuffed the skin into a jar and mailed it to her ex. "I can't imagine what his reaction was. I wish I could have been there to see it,” Reynolds said.
While this might seem gratifying to Reynolds, she’s still left with a giant gash in her arm that might need medical attention. And according to psychologist Dr. Judith Orloff, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, the after-effects of seeking revenge and getting it might make the situation worse. “Revenge reduces you to your worst self, puts you on the same level with those spiteful people we claim to abhor,” she said. “Additionally, studies have shown that revenge increases stress and impairs health and immunity.”
Reynolds’ example might seem like an extravagant form of revenge — especially the kind of hurting oneself. However, many people have felt such feelings of anger (not even depression) that they have actually committed suicide. And while feelings of anger especially in situations like this are completely normal, acting them out can be hurtful to oneself.
Medical Daily attempted to contact Torz Reynolds regarding this story, but no response was received at the time of publication.
Here are the photos of Reynolds' cut-off tattoo, courtesy of the Daily Star: