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The Best Laser Tattoo Removal Services

NO LONGER A NO-NO

Building our new Laser Tattoo Removal Services Directory is an enlightening experience. Inspired by a recent incident of a young woman, eighteen years old, not knowing where to go and what to do about having a tattoo of her ex-boyfriend’s name removed from her forearm, she did it herself with a scalpel (!)… and the fact that, when I called twenty tattoo shops from my Best of Oregon book, every artist was enthusiastic about having a list of vetted laser removal services posted on our site, but, when I asked who would they suggest I put on that list, all twenty replied, “I have no idea.”

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I have been on the phone for the last ten days, putting an end to that confusion and carefully selecting and posting laser removal specialists who are excited about working with tattooed people and their artists to remove bad or faded ink, or lighten it a couple of shades to make room for new-style tattoos that reflect the amazing level of artistry that is being created by tattooists in the last few years.

Whom do I contact? I do my best to discover laser services that are hands-on familiar with the tattoo process, understand that some tattoos only need to be lightened for a cover-up and are excited about educating the public about the process. As with our Tattoo Shop Directory, I seek out only the best and, in the case of laser services, only one, exclusively, per major city. In one case, I found an organic-based, non-laser technician (in Salem, Oregon) who is getting incredible results through alternative technologies.

While I search for services the specialize in tattoo removal, I found that dermatologist offices are often not the best choices. They mostly concentrate their practices on diseases of the skin, laser hair removal and such. The ones I do choose have technicians who, for the most part, do nothing but remove tattoos. But it isn’t always easy. I talked with one doctor’s office that told me they wanted to be on my list but, when I mentioned that I would post them on our State Pages with a banner representing their business, they withdrew, clearly because they didn’t want their office logo displayed on TattooRoadTrip.com, a website full of pictures of tattooed people. They were willing to have us bring them customers and take their money, but (heaven forbid) not if they looked like they were associated with (stereotypically) a bunch of axe murderers, blood-thirsty bikers and escaped convicts. For that and other misguided reasons, we feature only tattoo removal services that are highly qualified,  enthusiastic supporters of the tattoo community and, in many cases, have tattoos themselves.

By the way, the Tattoo Removal banner displayed here and on the sidebar of all (over 2,000) pages of our website features the character named “Tattoo” (played by the energetic sidekick Hervé Villechaize), on the show Fantasy Island, back in the ’70s and early ’80s on ABC TV. Remember, “The plane! The plane!”?

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Written by Baxter

July 24th, 2014 at 9:15 am

Posted in Directory

101 Most Influential People in Tattoo—Vyvyn Lazonga

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LUCKY NUMBER 7

I have known Vyvyn Lazonga for over two decades. I loved her from the start, just as soon as I departed the plane and took my first, long, deep breath of crisp, clear Pacific Northwest air. I was there to interview the artist, who, in my cover story for Skin&Ink,  I dubbed “The Stevie Nicks of Tattooing.” Yes, Vyvyn is decidedly ethereal, dressed like Stevie and had blond tresses, but, at the time, I was thinking more of Nicks’s stature as “Queen of Rock,” to match my perception of Vyvyn as “Queen of Tattoo.” … More

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Written by Baxter

July 23rd, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Stealing from the Tattoo Shop

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The tattoo world has changed considerably over the last ten years, and even more during the last twenty. What was an aberration a couple of decades ago is getting to be commonplace today. Take for example the news that tattooist Leo Zulueta had driven past his SoCal tattoo shop, Black Wave, on South La Brea after hours, to see if one of his staffers was using the shop to work on customers without letting anyone  know. In other words, taking the money and not giving the shop its cut. When you’re trying to maintain a successful business, it makes it all the harder when underlings are taking the proceeds behind your back. … More

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Written by Baxter

July 19th, 2014 at 11:15 am

Posted in Columns

Flatland Tattoo—Champaign, Illinois

ON THE DIRECTORY

After several successful years as an artist at  Skin Candy Tattoo, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Eric Cain decided to return home to Champaign, Illinois (population 200,000), and open, a few short months ago, his own, brand-spanking-new shop, Flatland Tattoo.  An experienced tattooer, Eric says the main features of Champaign are the University of Illinois campus and, outside the city proper, a vast agricultural landscape featuring farms and an appealing urban lifestyle. On September 22, 1985, Champaign hosted the first Farm Aid concert at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. The concert drew a crowd of 80,000 and raised over $7 million for American family farmers. A great place to call home.

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Written by Baxter

July 18th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Chroma Collective—Parker, Colorado

ON THE DIRECTORY

Located 19 miles southeast of Denver… Parker, Colorado (population 47,000), is home to the Cherry Creek Trail, which runs runs along Cherry Creek, north and south through Parker. Bicycling, hiking, nature walks and cross-country skiing make this an ideal location to sit back, relax and get tattooed at Colin and Laney Kolker’s Chroma Collective Tattoo, on South Parker Road. Featuring artwork by Colin, Jimmy “The Kid” Sarace, Donald Tostevin and Amber DeLicia, the Chroma crew will be heading to Pomona, California,  July 25-27, for the Pomona Body Art Expo. And you can book a session with one of these artists during the convention by emailing or calling the shop (click on the blue shop name for Directory contact info).

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Written by Baxter

July 15th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Boomer Boomhower Tattoo—Camas, Washington

ON THE DIRECTORY

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It’s a time-tried adage: “If you have to carry around some artist’s tattoo for the rest of your life, it always helps if the artist is worth draggin’ around.” The Polynesians call it mana. It’s the essence of strength and good will. Five minutes with Ryan “Boomer” Boomhower and you’ll want his vibes to be with you as you face the obstacles the world throws in your path. In other words, he’s a cool dude with a positive attitude. Married, father of four, Ryan settled in the picturesque town of Camas, Washington (just east of Vancouver and west of Washougal), where tree-lined streets and small-town businesses dot the landscape (an antique store, a turn-of-the-century hotel, flowers hanging from the lamp posts). A short distance from the mighty Columbia, this area is away from the hustle and bustle of eight-lane freeways, big box stores and burnt-out cashiers. We especially like to visit Nuestra Mesa, a great little, family-owned Mexican cafe with indigenous beer, margaritas and the best taco salad this side of heaven. But the real treat is Boomhower. He makes you feel good… while he tortures you.

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Written by Baxter

July 13th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Tattoos from the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade

SNAPS FROM MR. P

Here’s a bunch of snapshots from the June 28th S.F. Pride Parade. Lots of ink, but sooooo crowded! Here’s a standing invite to Maury Englander to come see (and shoot) the original Folsom Street Fair, in September (actually on Folsom Street). Photos by Mr. P and Mary February.

—Mr. P (tattooedstuff.com)

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Written by Baxter

July 12th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Posted in Events,Gallery

“Out of the Light of Darkness”—Sacred Gallery NYC

July 12th to August 31st! 424 Broadway (2nd Floor)

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Written by Baxter

July 11th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Posted in Announcements

Jackie Rabbit Moves to Chico, California

ON THE DIRECTORY

Super-talented tattoo artist Jackie Rabbit has relocated from Roanoke, Virginia, to the wilds of Chico, California (where her family resides), to add a whole new dimension of tattooing skill to Northern California’s Sacramento Valley tattoo scene. Check out her contact info on our Chico, California, Directory page. Here’s some examples of her classy artwork.

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Written by Baxter

July 11th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Laser Tattoo Removal Services Directory

NEW MEMBERS ON OUR DIRECTORY

laser-removalAs you know, we have built our Tattoo Shop Directory with tattoo businesses that we personally recommend, because they have worked with us in the past (Skin&Ink magazine) or have been recommended to us by tattoo artists we trust. After hearing several horrific stories of people attempting to remove or diminish a tattoo with everything from wire brushes to scalpels… we felt it was important to create a Directory of Laser Tattoo Removal Services for the U.S. and Canada. So, whether you want a “mistake” completely erased or simply “faded” to make room for a new, better tattoo over an old one, we are slowly building a list of qualified businesses. So far, we have enlisted top laser professionals in six different states. We are working on including more, one by one, so our readers can locate reputable, dependable laser services that have been carefully vetted and that we wholeheartedly recommend. Here are some recent additions to our Directory:

Pat Donahue founded Your Best Skin of Maine (Auburn, Maine) to help you look and feel your very best, so you can reach your full potential. Pat grew up in Caribou, Maine. The first 20 years she practiced midwifery as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), providing health care for the women and delivering over 1,000 babies. She provided primary care in Lewiston/Auburn as a Family Nurse Practitioner, starting in 2004. After eight years of practice, it was time to move on to another field of helping people feel better, so, in 2012, Ms. Donahue trained to specialize in laser treatments of the skin and opened Your Best Skin of Maine.

Kevin Crawford (Arizona Laser Skin Solutions, Tempe, Arizona) has been a nurse practitioner for over 25 years. He is experienced in emergency medicine and family practice, but began to focus on Aesthetic Skin medicine and leg vein treatments in 2000. Dedicated to solving skin issues, he has trained with several laser manufacturers and physicians throughout the U.S. to become an expert in the area of skincare and tattoo removal. Recognized for his knowledge and experience, Kevin has been a trainer for Palomar Medical Lasers, Intense Pulsed Light equipment, Medicis for RESTYLANE, Bioform for Radiesse Soft Tissue Filler, Allergan for BOTOX Cosmetic, sclerotherapy, Conbio for tattoo removal.  Kevin is also a member of the American College of Phlebology and a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. Kevin is one of the two clinical educators for VeinGogh spider vein treatment systems.  He is consistently recognized as one of the best tattoo removal specialists in Arizona and receives many referrals from top tattoo parlors.

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Written by Baxter

July 9th, 2014 at 11:03 am

Posted in Directory

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