What do Donald Faison and Tattoo removal have in common?
OK, that isn’t an easy one, unless you were watching Attack of the Show last week, in which Donald Faison (Scrubs, The Exes) admitted he was getting an old tattoo finally removed.
And in a move that will instantly show my age, I immediately thought ‘told you so’.
The fact is, tattoos are a real commitment. Change your hair color, eye color (with contacts), even your skin color with bronzers, and you can reverse it if you wish (that’s bronzers, not tanning, by the way; I remember a few uber-tanners from the 80′s that probably look like leather bags now, but that’s another story). But tattoo yourself, and you’ve made a statement you’re living with the rest of your life, unless you decide to get it removed.
I couldn’t put this point across any better than a site I saw online, which is about laser tattoo removal in San Antonio The site starts with a picture montage: a girl in evening dress with a large tattoo on her back, a “tramp stamp” that looks dated, and a guy trying to get ready for the office with a large arm tattoo showing past the cuff.
And as Donald showed, sometimes it just doesn’t fit anymore. He didn’t admit what it was on the show (it was the Superman shield), but his explanation was that the tattoo was OK for an 18-year, but 20 years later it just doesn’t work (unless you’re Superman, I suppose). And that’s another reason for tattoo removal – a ‘lark’ in your youth can really close doors. While a “girl with the dragon tattoo” look may be fun if you’re a super computer hacker, most of us have rather mediocre jobs – and for most of those jobs, seeing a tattoo is really jarring. Plus, as far as I know, you can discriminate in job hiring based on tattoos (unless perhaps if they are of a religious or other protected nature), so how many jobs might you have lost out on because of that ink?
It’s everyone’s choice to tattoo (drunken binges with friend notwithstanding). Fortunately, you can get it removed too – so at least it doesn’t HAVE to be permanent…