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Tattoo Removal Business is Booming

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Gotten any tattoos removed lately?  If so, you’re not alone. A survey conducted by The Patient’s Guide, an online skincare reference center, shows laser tattoo removals are up by 32 percent this year compared to 2011.

Why?

And will you keep your tattoo into your eighties? One of my family members did.

Some say the increase in tattoo removal is to make a different impression during job interviews. It’s a tough job market with hundreds of applicants often aiming for one position, and some with tatts are choosing to wipe the slate clean to compete with those who are tatt-less.

Does it matter to you, if your co-workers have tattoos? Have you had any removed?

I’ve noticed a few tattoos around the office and they’re conversation starters more than anything. Where did you get it and when? Did you remember getting it the next morning?

My Grandma Si got a tattoo when she was in her 20s, and as the years piled on and she reached her eighties she expressed some tattoo regret. The tattoo just said, “Si, 1938″ and it was on her upper arm. I always thought it was interesting, especially on an elderly arm with saggy skin. I mean, how many grandmas have that?

But Grandma always tried to hide it and didn’t want to talk about it, and said she never should have gotten it. She never worked outside the house, but if she had wanted to cover it up at the office she could have. She never bothered having it removed.

Do you have any tattoos you regret getting?

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