I cant believe the advice you guys are giving to nsubugajohn. First of all, you have to realise that even though the boy friend was in the past, his tattoo is in the present. I cant love a woman when every time am in action with her, i will look at the tattoo of the the former boyfriend. That will be madness from my side. If the woman really loves me, she should be willing to put away her past by scabbing the tattoo off no matter the effects.
You have to know, that even though you love someone, you will feel bad even at the mention of their past lovers. It will get worse when a person has the tattoo.