A New Zealand man who made headlines last week, thanks to his huge, ‘DEVEST8’ tattoo across his face, is now getting free laser removal, so that he can finally get a job and become a normal, working, citizen.
Mark Cropp, 19, posted a desperate plea to the media last week, seeking employment. He said despite being hardworking, he couldn’t get a job thanks to the huge tattoo across his face.
Well, after his plea went viral, Cropp was actually overwhelmed with employment opportunities. He also received another opportunity: free laster tattoo removal.
The Daily Mail reports:
Sacred Laser co-owner Briar Neville applied her laser removal skills to the now infamous ‘Devast8’ tattoo on Tuesday afternoon, the New Zealand Herald reported.
The session was the first of 12 required to remove the black lettering, which the parlour is doing free of charge.
Ms Neville said she wasn’t sure what to expect due to the ink used and the prison tattoo’s size.
‘The main concern is that the ink he’s used is not your regular ink. It’s something they’ve made in prison by melting down plastic utensils,’ she said.
It is also the largest face tattoo she has ever had to deal with.
‘This would be the biggest [tattoo] on the face that I’ve come across.’
The 19-year-old was reluctant to get the ink erased, telling Kyle Sandilands on KIIS FM that he was worried people will say, ‘s*** that fella’s got a lot of blackheads.’
Cropp got the tattoo in jail after getting drunk on moonshine with his brother. The pair made the ink themselves.
Usually tattoo ink is complicated to remove. It takes several sessions of lasers burning off the tattoo, which is way more painful than getting one.
With different inks, it becomes even harder.
For the laser shop owner, this was not only a nice deed to do, but a challenge to her own skills.