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.”
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!”?