Is A Removable Tattoo A True Tattoo?

Research seems to show that there are more people wanting a tattoo and who don’t get one than the actual tattooed population. We know the reason. A tattoo is supposed to be a life commitment, and tattoo wishers are afraid to make one. All over the world, just as the number of people sporting tattoos has soared in the past decade, so has membership in another group: people who want their bodywork removed. But laser tattoo removal is painful, expensive (from $1,000 for a simple black & white to more than $5000 for a multi colored one), time consuming (12 laser treatments is an average) and may not do the job correctly & completely. So, from a pure marketing standpoint   it makes sense that ink companies spend a lot of money researching removable tattoo ink.  A company founded by doctors says it will begin selling such ink early next year. The ink is applied just as with any tattoo, and will remain in place as long as desired. But if the owner later decides that the artwork has to go, it can be removed fully and safely with a single laser treatment. You know how things can happen: Your body was telling the world that you were forever with Laura, but now she is gone with your best friend. Or all of a sudden you are scared by snakes and you can no more live with the big cobra on your chest.  The founders of the New York company Freedom-2 LLC say that their goal is to help those who have come to regret decorating their bodies. And supporters say the technology will create an expanded market for body art since consumers can be now assured that the tattoo will come off easily, in one session, for a reasonable price. So, I called 3 tattoos artists that I consider some of the best in the business. More or less, they had the same reaction of skepticism. Good inks are made to last and they will not work with an inferior quality ink, and I agree. And if a client comes requesting only a temporary tattoo they will probably try to discourage this person to get one, and I agree again. I really think that true tattoo artists never think about tattoo removal and will not want to think about it. For them, a tattoo is a commitment and should be forever. Your thoughts?

1 Response to “Is A Removable Tattoo A True Tattoo?”

  1. 1 Gary Wood Dec 9th, 2008 at 2:25 am

    I don’t have any tattoos. Tattoos are permanent and I am not. I am not the same person I was fifteen years ago when I was thinking about getting a thunder bird (Native American image not the car) tattoo. I’m glad I didn’t do it. A friend of mine who is heavily tattooed did not get her first until she was in her late twenties. She said that in general, people should wait until they are past 30. “Then”, she said,” you know who you are.” I’m not so sure even then. The real challenge is deciding what image will always say something about you that is accurate. That should narrow the choices down I think.

    (For the record, I’m irritated by tattoos that mean absolutely nothing.)

    Let’s get back to “Change”.

    I have another good friend with many tattoos. He was a skinhead, the bad kind. His body is covered in Swastikas. He later had an experience with the resurrected Christ. Those images are still there but they no longer represent who he is. But, now they serve as a record and a testimony of God’s grace and desire for redemption.

    Psalms 40:1 – 3 (KJV)
    1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
    2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
    3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

    So, yes, I agree that in general a tattoo is/should be a commitment. Don’t get tattoos that will embarrass you later. Get tattoos that will either always say something about you or get tattoos that even if one day they no longer represent who you are, you will be proud to tell the story of change.

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