Check out this story in The Los Angeles Times — picked up by NPR and the Guardian of London — by my pal Nathan Olivarez-Giles about the growing business there run by Dr. Will Kirby, aka Dr. Tattoff, removing tattoos. In a lousy economy, having six dragons peeking out of your cleavage may no longer be a great career move.
An online Harris poll last year, Nate reports, of 2,302 Americans aged 21-39, found 14 percent of them had tattoos and 84 percent said they had no regrets over getting one. That still leaves 12 percent sick to death of hiding their tattoos when looking for a good job.
The older, wiser and job-hunting have helped boost business, which has three locations each getting 25 customers a day, to consistent profits and a possible IPO. Most of Kirby’s clients are women between 25 and 35, half of them college-educated and half earning $50,000 a year or more.