"Twenty-five percent of the population has a tattoo, including nearly half of those between age 25 and 35. And one in five wants to get it removed," he said. "But few go through the process of getting it removed because it's costly, it's painful, and it's not perfect."
The average tattoo removal requires between seven and 10 sessions under the laser -- costing up to $1,000 per session -- and even then, it may leave traces or scarring. "I worked for 10 years to improve the lasers, and at some point you come to a limit," Anderson said as his small green parrot, Photon, looked on. "That's when I started thinking about the other side of the equation: the inks themselves."
I've got an even better solution- Henna
Henna body art is traditionally done before a marriage for the bride and wedding party. It lasts less than a week and is completely painless.
I don't like tattoos, particularly on women. I suppose I could tolerate one on a pirate. But I know how popular they are. I have a theory that the real appeal, for young people especially, is that they are looking for a way to express their ability to withstand hardship, pain, opposition. It used to be that life gave those opportunities but in an overindulged western culture of families with two or fewer children and more material wealth than we know what to do with teenagers are growing up looking for a chance to prove themselves.
Of course if they have the examples of the saints- saints like St. Tarcisius who died at 12 to protect the Blessed Sacraments from a mob, St. Maria Goretta who died at 12 to protect her purity, and St. Joan, who went to war at 19 and was martyred by being burned at the stake then maybe tattoos wouldn't be so appealing. Just a thought.