Laser surgeons quoted by The Patient’s Guide cited employment and career advancement as the leading reason people are seeking to have tattoos removed.
In fact, employment reasons were noted as the motivation by 40% of people seeking to have tattoos removed, that’s up from 25% in a study conducted in 2011.
Patients scheduling tattoo removal claim that the body markings are preventing them from obtaining desired jobs, or retarding their career progress with current employers.
Getting tatoos is stupid.
Like suicide, it's a permanent solution to a temporary feeling. Unlike suicide, it can "sorta" be undone when it gets to be too embarassing.
It's why so many porn stars have ugly tatoos: like making porn, getting a tatoo is a sign of really poor decision-making skills.
For those of us in the lower working class, tattoos are viewed as an expensive status symbol for poor people - like $4,000 wheels on a Ford Escort.
Middle class people probably don't understand the trash element of tattoos, but upwardly mobile workers do and they'll block advancement of those they view as being beneath their class.
...and block them they do. A tattoo will hold you back more than anything on your resume.
The cashier at Trader Joes has neck tattoos and big holes in his earlobes.
I like shopping at Trader Joe's. However, I hope he likes working there forever. 'Cause that's about it as far as getting hired elsewhere.
My cousin helped develop laser tattoo removal (she was on Oprah because she gave gang members free tattoo removal until someone threatened her in the parking lot of her clinic) I'm pretty sure she is richer than any other doctor that I've ever met. She deserves it b/c she's one of the best people I've ever known. Her business is booming.
I am starting to see a lot of the removal places popping up in San Francisco.
I wish they couldn't remove tattoos -- they are great for weeding the office herd
...but apparently not popular enough.
I can't understand the desire to have a "permanent" image injected into your skin. No matter how much someone likes a design, how can people stand to see it on their body everyday, forever? Who would want to wear the same set of clothes everyday for the rest of their lives? I could see have a temporary image drawn on your skin, but I would want to be able to remove it and replace it when I got tired of it.
R5, why was she threatened? Because once you're in a gang, you're always in?
Here's someone who should think about it - particularly the one on his abs!
Ryan McGoldrick, professional australian rugby league player, now playing for Castleford in the U.K.
[quote]in fact, employment reasons were noted as the motivation by 40% of people seeking to have tattoos removed, that’s up from 25% in a study conducted in 2011.
So in 2012 there was a 40% increase from 2011, which was 25% up, from 2010.
So in 2010 let's say four people got them removed. So in 2011 that would mean 5 people got them removed. 25% of 4 is 1.
So now we have 5 people. And 40% of 5 is 2 so that would mean 7 people.
So that is 4+5+7=16
So you can base these stats on 16 people or less even.
In otherwords TCB
Typical Cracker Behavior
Why do beautiful people ugly themselves up with tatoos? Ugh.
R12 with thousands of tattoo removal places nationwide I doubt it is only 16 people using them, but thanks for playing.
I think it mirrors a person's degree of self-esteem. They have no others means of asserting themselves so they think this will show some individuality
In Provincetown last summer, every other guy had that - I don't even know what it is - the barbed wire tattoo (?) on their upper arm or on their ankle - like cheerleaders who all look/dress the same it must make these guys feel they are a part of some group
I am a female and have a butterfly on the back of my shoulder (I know). I would love to have it removed, but I have seen people with ugly scars and hypo pigmentation from tattoo removal. It sucks because I don't wear tank tops or sleeveless dresses in the summer, because I am embarrassed by my tattoo.
[quote]like cheerleaders who all look/dress the same
or jury alternates at the John Edwards trial
An actor (Mark Wahlberg?) said he makes his kids watch the procedure to discourage them from getting tatts. The laser is painful, expensive, and takes many treatments.
[quote]Getting tatoos is stupid.
First of all: oh, [italic]dear.[/italic]
Second: I don't have a tattoo myself, but these days such a huge percentage of people have them (a quarter of all people 18-30) that calling them "stupid" out of hand is pretty ridiculous.
A tattoo can look great or it can look stupid: it depends on the tattoo, and where it is, and on the person.
I always wonder what people who have all those neck and face tattoos do for a living. Besides selling drugs, doing porn or giving blow jobs.
It also depends where you live. I live in Portland and people don't even blink if you have a neck tattoo (though facial tattoos are still beyond the pale even here).
[quote]these days such a huge percentage of people have them (a quarter of all people 18-30) that calling them "stupid" out of hand is pretty ridiculous.
O.k, not stupid, just lame.
Like graffiti mark bad neighborhoods
so tattoos mark the classless trash.
Go ahead, remove it, but it won't stop the ensuing CANCER!
1/4 of all people are stupid....at least.
And most who vote Republican. (Except the evil overlords of the party who benefit from the power and money.)
I love how the three paragraphs in the OP are all restatements of the same fucking thing.
im 18 and i got a tattoo of my initials 9 months ago and am now thinking of removing it. I got the tattoo out of impulse because some musicians and movie stars had it i now realize its not the art on your body that make you look cool it is the actions of a person.
Is tattoo removal like surgery and does it require a doctor? Or can a tattoo artist do it? Maybe they can just re-tattoo over it with flesh color?
Tattoos are bad enough when you're young, but they look awful on older people, and the generation that first started getting tattoos is pushing 40 and not so attractive. I noticed that here in NYC this past spring and summer - with the onset of the warm weather, tank tops and shorts reveal faded tattoos on aging bodies. Not a good look.
r21, This is weird. I was just going to post how I saw a young (maybe 19 year old) female with a neck tattoo about 2 years ago. My first thought is that she really fucked up her future.
It does matter, even in Portland.
They can't get a job, yet they can afford to get the tattoo removed? Lordy how much welfare do we give people?
Now-a-days they make tattoo dyes that respond well to lasers, so you can easily have them taken off, unlike the old "real" tattoo dyes.