Recently, a young dad posted on Facebook that his large facial tattoo was hindering him from getting a job. He had gotten tattooed while serving time in prison. He was young and intoxicated and the tattoo turned out quite different than expected. After he was released, he began trying to rebuild his life and found that no one would hire him because of his face tattoo. His plea went viral, people took pity on him and he got a slew of job offers. He also got an offer from a tattoo removal clinic to remove his tattoo for free and help him start his life over. It is estimated that he will need about 12 treatments to remove the tattoo that covers the lower half of his face.
While this is an extreme example of the stigma that can follow people with tattoos, it brings up a very interesting discussion on the stigma of tattoos that still exists. Overall, tattoos are more socially and culturally acceptable than ever before. We see tattoos wherever we go. All types of people sport tattoos. Yet, the stigma of tattoos can be one of the reasons people seek removal.
In 2014, Time Magazine discussed a study that was done on tattoo regret and the stigma of tattoos. This study, published in The Social Science Journal, found that the more tattoos someone has, the more stigmatized they feel. The more stigmatized someone feels, the more likely they are to cover up their tattoo or seek removal later on in life. This same journal found, in a later study, that people who do not attach meaning to their tattoos are more likely to seek removal.
Other studies have found that in some industries, tattooed job seekers are less likely to receive job offers than those who do not have tattoos or those who are able to cover up their tattoos. This aversion to tattoos in generally seen in older generations and is expected to continue to wane over time.
Some wonder that if we, at Remove a Tattoo, are against tattoos because we are in the tattoo removal industry. The answer to that is absolutely not. Tattoos are an awesome form of self-expression and we greatly appreciate and respect body art. What we are against is tattoo regret. Whether it’s social stigma, career hindrance or something else, if you don’t love your tattoo we want to offer quality and affordable tattoo removal to you. No one should continue living with tattoos that they don’t wake up every day loving.
If you don’t love your tattoo anymore and have more questions about removal, please contact us. Remove a Tattoo is your best option for affordable laser tattoo removal that works. Contact us at 414-617-2849 for your free consultation and get started on your tattoo removal journey today.