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Hiding in Plain Sight.

July 27th, 2009 by

According to laser removal specialists Approximately 85% of their patients are women between the ages of 18 and 44. I’m not sure what that says about women and tattoos, but I do find it interesting, and a partial basis for today’s blog.

As the popularity of tattoos became vogue among celebrities, rock stars, pro wrestlers, and fashion models, (most of that last group I tend to believe were temps), the herd instinct kicked in and sent the wanna be’s rushing into the studios. A good thing for artists and it would seem an even better thing for the burgeoning business of tattoo removal.
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It has also brought out a ton of magic creams and methods promising to remove a tattoo cheaply and painlessly for a fraction of the cost. All of them leading to disappointment, rip off, and in some cases more pain and scarring than a belt sander would have left. Anyone who will tell you differently is selling something, or selling something for somebody else.

Look, gang, I have no affiliation with anyone, or thing, in the tattoo removal trade. I don’t stand to gain a single thing when I say this. The safest, least scarring method of tattoo removal simply is quality-switched, or Q-switched, lasers. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive, costing anywhere from five to 10 times the amount of the tattoo.

Human beings make mistakes, and even with the sacred art of tattooing having gained an unprecedented level of acceptance, some employers will not hire anyone with visible tattoos. Still, letting one mistake lead to another is just plain foolish. A tattoo is a commitment and should be viewed as such. Don’t get a tattoo just because you think it’s cool, or the newest way to be cool. Worse yet, don’t get a tattoo to impress someone else.

If you have visible tattoos that you think are holding you back, see a reputable laser surgeon. Even better, if you want to keep your tattoos, cover them up. There are a host of waterproof makeup’s that are used to hide scars which can be used to hide the tattoo from sight for around $30.00. Smart Cover is one of the best. It doesn’t smudge, clog pores, and is waterproof. What the interviewer can’t see won’t hurt you.

Think before you ink, and you’ll have no regrets. But, if like me you love your tattoos and want to keep them camouflage works for more than just the Army and hunting. 😉

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