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Ink it in, zap it out?


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.Wino forever

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?

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Author: infmom

I got my first tattoo when I was 46. I hope the people who read this blog don't have to wait that long. I love talking about body art.


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  2. I think that the permanence is part of the appeal. For me part of the attraction is you put an image on your body and it stays there…forever. That is pretty powerful stuff in my mind. People that that don’t want the permanence, shouldn’t get a tattoo.

    The removable ink will make tattoos “too easy.” “(Giggle giggle!) Oh, its really ‘kewel,’ and if i don’t like it i can remove it! (Giggle!)”

  3. Fro what I’ve read, removal will still be expensive and painful, which might deter the people who are getting ink on a whim.

    The plus side to easily removable ink–all those people who get inked by someone without the skills to make it look good. At least then they’re not stuck with something truly horrific on them for the rest of their lives.

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