Jobs of Tomorrow: Tattoo Removal Parlors

May 17th, 2010

During a brainstorming session with my CCTV show co-producer, Ron Darby, we kicked around ideas for jobs that will be in future demand. My first thought: tattoo removal specialists. Sure, they seem like a cool idea when you're 17-years-old, drunk, or going through a mid-life identity crisis. But when you start seeing 40-something housewives with tramp stamps and pot-bellied old guys sporting Polynesian "warrior" motifs, I think it's safe to say the trend is played out.

Like it or not, in the business world tattoos are still frowned upon by some. Of course, it depends on how noticeable the tatts are and the design itself. For instance, there was a former UH basketball player who had a woman with splayed legs inked on his arm, giving birth to a basketball. In his eyes, it was a display of his love for the game. In most everyone else's eyes, it was tacky and tasteless. So he had to put a wrap around it when he played before crowds.

In a segment we just taped to promote the WorkForce career fair on May 19, event organizer Beth Busch advises job candidates to cover up larger tattoos if the position they're applying for involves interaction with customers. Personally, if a person does their job well, I couldn't care less if they look like the Illustrated Man or have piercings in their noses, ears, and private areas. Yet if I was a business owner, it would give me pause for concern before hiring them.

What does the tattoo say about the person who gets one? I'm unique? Um, no... you're actually a follower -- nearly one out of three people have tattoos now... I like art? Most tatts I see don't qualify... I like to look at myself in the mirror a lot? Yes, you do. Which makes me wonder how self-centered that individual is... I have money to burn? If you are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on tattoos, I have to question your priorities. Especially if you're a parent with kids.

Also, I keep hearing tattoos are safe, but call me crazy -- paying someone to put CHEMICAL dyes in your skin voluntarily just doesn't seem like a smart thing to do!

My suggestion for a budding entrepreneur or skin doctor would be to think of the franchise potential in opening tattoo removal centers across the country. It's like smoking -- remember when that was hip and cool? Now companies and individuals are making money by offering stop-smoking programs and nicotine-replacement products.

Anyhow, I'd like to hear from people with tattoos. Why did you get them and how much did they cost? Do you have any regrets, or are you still happy with your decision?

Here's the link to an article I read last week that prompted this blog post.

And if you have ideas for real of imaginary jobs of the future, please share them in the comments section!

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13 Responses to “Jobs of Tomorrow: Tattoo Removal Parlors”

  1. Scott:

    Ha! I got one when I was 20 and living in London. It's on my back, it's a symbol that doesn't mean today what it meant back then, but since I'm not living in Hawaii anymore, I don't take off my shirt much anymore. Plus going from a fit surfer to a pudgy early middle aged father doesn't make me want to strip off my shirt anymore.
    I think I (meaning my pissed off dad supporting me at the time) paid about $100 for it. I got it at Saints tattoo in Notting Hill. It was in the movie...Notting Hill and that was cool. 10 years ago.
    btw, it hurts like hell.

  2. Rich Figel:

    Scott -

    Yeah, I wondered about the pain part too! But why do people get them placed on their back or areas where they can't see their own tattoos? Is it meant to send a message to chicks or other guys? That's what cracks me up about people who use Japanese kanji or characters as tattoos, without even knowing for sure what it means!

    And there's the unintended misspellings too by illiterate tattoo artists... I should include a link to sites that have photos of those permanent mistakes.

  3. Michael:

    Does one know that one has a tatoo cannot give blood?

  4. Rich Figel:

    Re giving blood, isn't that just a temporary thing? Speaking of possible complications (besides infections in unsanitary tattoo parlors) there was a recent 'House' episode on TV in which a patient had a tattoo removed, but the underlying ink pigment below the skin surface triggered some kind of life-threatening reaction.... of course, on 'House' it's normal for abnormal reactions from ordinary things that don't usually cause people to go into convulsions, bleed from their eyes, etc.

  5. Michael:

    Believe in that episode. Things happen even if one has just a paper cut.

  6. Scott:

    Reality check. Post #3 is wrong, and I haven't bled from my eyes in 3 weeks :)

  7. Michael:

    So says from a guy who holds a baby while using the restroom?

  8. Michael:

    Must be the vog in Kona affecting someones Keen thoughts. One should not go out if one bleeds from the eyes nor hold a baby.

  9. Rich Figel:

    Okay, let's not get personal -- even though I have no idea what the baby comment is about.

    Re giving blood, I did a quick Google search, and in some states there is a 12 month waiting period after getting a tattoo. However, in other states the wait can be as short as a week. There was a link to Tripler's site saying military could give blood after a week, so I'm not sure if Hawaii is one of the states that regulates the tattoo biz or not.

  10. Michael:

    Sorry Rich,
    I did not think my comment was warranted for a bleeding eye comment. As far as the baby comment, the instigator knows.

    My comment has some facts to it and was not meant as a joke.

  11. Rich Figel:

    Michael -

    Scott's bleeding eye comment was in response to my remark about "House" -- patients on that show go in with relatively minor problems that escalate into gruesome stuff like eyes bleeding. I think it's possible you're confusing him with someone else. The Scott on this thread now lives in California.

  12. Scott:

    Michael, be cool. You're confusing my posts from other blogs (like, 2 months ago). You post some pretty random comments on these blogs, I appreciate all participation as long as it's civil.

  13. Michael:

    Rich, it was addressed to post #3. I took it as a respond to my comment, not yours. Ask blood banks about what I said.

    Civil in whose definition? Scott, only means civil if it is his way. Who are you, to tell me my participation is regulated by you? I post random comments as I please. Who cares for your appreciation?
    Unless you write your own blog, you don't tell me about being appreciating. Random comments is my random thinking. Care to duel with pen or sword?