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ashamed to say that I made some frighteningly ill advised tattoo choices that, as my love of custom tattoo collecting has increased, have only become all the more apparent. One piece in particular had always been a burden; a black and grey mess of shading, swirls, stars and a couple of butterflies, positioned on the inside of my right forearm, a tribute to what I’ve since categorised as ‘the footballer’ - a style primarily popularised to mainstream status by David Beckham, the main difference being that mine looked like it could’ve been designed by a boss-eyed, thumbless, chimp, on a roller-coaster [insert image] You can see why I was so keen to have it removed!

STEP ONE: LOCATING LASER REMOVAL The Located inside of The Circle tattoo studio in Soho, these guys run a tight ship, with amazing guest artists, as well as sterling regulars. A business that

ONE PIECE IN PARTICULAR HAD ALWAYS BEEN A BURDEN; A BLACK AND GREY MESS OF SHADING, SWIRLS, STARS AND A COUPLE OF BUTTERFLIES, POSITIONED ON THE INSIDE OF MY RIGHT FOREARM

That same cat after one session with the new (and highly recommended worldwide) Picosure laser.

maintains a staple of consistent, trustworthy and receptive custom tattoo artists will surely apply the same ideology to having laser removal on the premises.

STEP TWO: GAIN THE KNOWLEDGE Before we can get started with the full removal sessions, Wayne recommended giving a small area of the incriminating ink a test blast, to see how my skins reacts. Once we step into the reassuringly sterile environment that is Wayne’s place of work, he begins to talk me through what I can expect to feel during the removal process: “I’ll be honest, it’s not going to tickle” he says with a wry smile and a knowing look. Wayne speaks from his own first-hand

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experience as is evident from the faded skull on his arm. “The pain you’re going to experience has been described as feeling similar to the sensation you feel from an elastic band pinging on your skin or hot fat spitting at you” - both reassuringly familiar references that go a little way to calming fear the unknown. Wayne continues by giving me the science behind what is actually happening during the laser removal; “The pigment (colour) in your tattoo is selectively broken down using a wavelength of laser light. A high amount of energy is absorbed by the tattoo in a very short duration of time causing microexplosion of the pigment in the skin. The exploded pigment is then removed naturally by

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Tattoo july 2014  

Skin Shots International is a sister title to Skin Deep, which is meant as a reference magazine featuring top quality tattoo work from aroun...

Tattoo july 2014  

Skin Shots International is a sister title to Skin Deep, which is meant as a reference magazine featuring top quality tattoo work from aroun...