Cort Chatagnier was at University of Louisiana in Lafayette, getting his degree in computer animation and art when he applied to an ad for a tattoo apprentice. Hired, he had no idea he’d be tattooing for the rest of his life. After graduation, his degree took him eventually to Los Angeles, where unhappy in the corporate world, he quit and opened a tattoo shop instead. And every time he returned to his home area, he noticed the contrast to Los Angeles. Eventually he came full circle, tattooing again in Broussard, Louisiana.
Cort’s recently opened shop, Swampland Tattoo, is the first Tatt2Away® center in the state. “I didn’t see a strong representation of the best possible art,” said Cort. “I noticed also that people were searching for non-laser removal, with barely any search for tattooing. I almost didn’t open the shop.” Then he realized if there was so much need for one, there was definitely a need for the other.
The differences between the two LA’s is stark, not only in lifestyle and geography, but in tattoos. “In Los Angeles there were bad tattoos, but minor stuff like poorly done lines or blowouts,” said Cort. “But nothing like I see here. Poor execution. Poor composition. It’s all-around bad.” He uses a special tracing paper for coverups and finished the roll in six weeks. In his Los Angeles shop, there was plenty of the same type of paper left after three months.
If two plus two equals four, then to Cort, no viable removal options, plus “unprecedentedly” bad tattoos, plus area research, plus wanting to offer a service, plus provide better coverups equaled Tatt2Away. “When it showed up I said, ‘Aha!” said Cort. “I had no idea of the qualification process. I thought I’d just order it and run it through my machine with a template.” Then he realized it was more involved. “But it’s a relief to me because from everything I’ve seen, it’s better than laser. There’s definitely an evident need here for it. I wanted to do removals, knowing that people wanted to get removal.”
For a while he’d used a highly-touted, non-laser method in his Los Angeles shop, but that didn’t work, so he’d discontinued it. Laser didn’t appear to be a viable option either. “It doesn’t remove anything. It pushes the ink further into the skin,” said Cort who had seen the colors in his Los Angeles clients’ tattoos remain after multiple treatments. “With Tatt2Away, it looks like everything you did in that first pass is out of there. Compared to laser that’s immediate. Here I’m talking to people who have friends who have gone through 10, even 20, treatments and it’s just pushing it further into their body.”
It was the method that attracted him to Tatt2Away. “I looked into it and it looked safe. I watched videos about it and it makes sense, and the results seemed to be more immediate and less problematic than laser dispersion.” In fewer than two days he had the ink models he needed for the Tatt2Away training. “There wasn’t even hesitation. It’s been ‘Yes, I’ll be there,’” said Cort. “They lift up their shirt, and I can see they need help. So I have some hidden gems that need some removal.”
Offering Tatt2Away will give Swampland what Cort calls a fuller picture, because he’s the only shop offering the procedure. “It’s going to bring it to the next level. I think we have a handle on something that people really want. They have a lot of repair work that needs to be done, and they’re looking on Google for alternative methods to laser. I’m a very cautious optimist, but I’m very excited.”
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