I keep seeing stories about “removable” tattoo ink. Not on the market yet, but apparently in development. The pigment will be encapsulated in some way, so that it’s not really a part of your skin as old-style ink is, and therefore it can be zapped with a laser to burst the little capsules and make it easier for your body to dispose of it.
I’m not so sure this is a good idea.
Right now, tattoo ink can be considered pretty darn permanent, and getting rid of it is a time-consuming, expensive and painful proposition. Knowing this, I am sure, keeps at least some people from getting inked on a whim. If you’re going to have to live with the consequences of your folly pretty much forever, that’s a reasonably good deterrent.
Make tattoo ink easier to get rid of, and then what? Well, less chance of an old Significant Other’s name marring your skin for the rest of your life, but also a greater chance that people will think “Oh well, if I don’t like it I can always get it removed” and heading off ill-prepared into the great beyond.
In this case, I am hoping that the usual market forces apply and the new semi-removable ink costs a LOT more than the regular stuff. That might deter the dilettantes, at least for a little while.
Or it might encourage people to keep trying till their ink is absolutely perfect, instead of settling for whatever happens to hit their skin the first time around.
What do you think?