Tattooing has been happening for centuries, and for some cultures has been a part of a rich heritage that defines a people. In western civilizations, the art of tattooing has not enjoyed a stellar reputation until recently (in the last 20 years) and been considered anything else but mainstream. As more and more of the rising generations are erasing the stigma of what it means to be tattooed, there comes the main question, “What happens when I want to get this removed?”
Procedures of the Past
In the past several methods have been used to try and remove the ink from the skin. Some with physically ruinous results of skin staining, scarring, prolonged pain and tattoo area maintenance. Even the “safest” bet that you can get with a doctor, lasers have a full downswing of side effects, excessive bleeding and ineffective treatments. So, what can you count on? Which type of system is the right one for me, and my studio?
Reasons to Remove a Tattoo
We’ll answer that in just a moment, but to truly understand the pains someone would go through to remove or modify a tattoo via removal is half of the answer. And to do this we would have to crawl inside thousands of heads (imagine that!) and derive their motivations: safe to say that we can group these motivations (without numbering them all) into 4 categories. If you are reading this and want to have your tattoo removed you will fall into one of these categories. As a Studio Owner, you will need to clearly identify who you want to target and get in your doors of your location.
Art or Experience Shame
It may have been done on a whim, a drunken night, or pressured into it by peers. It may have been the thing to do with that group they hung out with so long ago (or maybe even last week). And no matter how well, or bad the tattoo turned out for them, the whole experience of having a tattoo was something that they just don’t like. Most times those that fit in this category had complications with the original art work, or it had been placed in an area of their body that just wasn’t right, or that it was an outright crappy tattoo… the hiding of the shame tattoo is getting to a point where they just want it off, no matter the money, pain or time to do it.
Wrong Artist at Wrong Time
These individuals in this category here are those that would be enthusiastic about their tattoos IF the tattoo was something (in look, color or structure) that they truly wanted. They had in their mind’s eye some masterpiece and what they received was a child’s scribbling (literal quote from a friend of mine). Or they had one piece in mind, and because of time, money, space, or ability of the artist, it just didn’t turn out right. They got the wrong tattoo and now because it’s “permanent” they live with it to the point of seeking a way to do a cover up or they turn to the ineffective ways of laser to at least lighten it up for something else.
Life Style Changes
Those in this category are those wild children that have turned into respectable adults! Really it was those that perhaps had a certain way of living before that now is vastly different. Those that move on from gang affiliations, biker clubs, cheerleading squads, etc. that had a culture of tattooing and gaining art that may have been offensive, off-color or just downright moronic. Whichever it may be the motivations of these individuals are to remove what was visible of who they were, but are not now. These changes, and the tattoos from the past may even collide against each other and limit the changed one to what he/she wants to accomplish in their lives. A removal is what they hope for, and these are the more desperate, who may take more drastic measures with not only incessant laser treatments that destroy their dermis, but may even look to home remedies that scar and cause permanent skin damage.
Wanting More Ink and Pigment
This last category are those who may have gotten something that was trendy in the past (can we say arm tribal/barbed wire bands?) that no longer fits in with the rest of the ink and art that they now have. They are limited in what they can do or have done because the unwanted tattoo is in an area that breaks up a larger piece, or bigger tattoo. And doing the traditional cover up could work, but there is only so much ink, and dark colors you can put there to disguise it. This type of person is looking to have the pattern of what they want to change disrupted, or have it completely removed to have a “blank canvas” for the art and the artist of their choice.
DEScoverup of Tatt2Away
Out of all the modalities that can be used for tattoo removal, we hold that the Disruptive, Escharotic (scab inducing), Selective type of removal or cover up is THE System to use. Through patent protected solution and methodologies, you can actually draw out the ink and pigment, no matter the color from the skin. That when you do this in a controlled environment you can gain the results that everyone in those 4 categories above can be satisfied with and of which can be proud.
If you are looking for a removal of an unwanted tattoo or tattoos, start with the experts at the nationwide Tatt2Away Studio Centers. Consult with them about what you can expect, how many treatments it may take and for which purpose (complete removal or just partial removal towards a cover up) so that you can know what to expect and plan on. Contact us to find the closest Studio Center to you!