In this episode of NPR's Fresh Air, host Terry Gross speaks with Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, about his 30 years of working with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison in LA. Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries were hugely inspirational in the creation of Tattoo Removal Ink.
This great video by Shane Reinert will give you a more detailed look at how TRI came to be and how we are helping people move forward in life. Give it a watch and share with anyone you think could benefit from our services!
Check out the progress that is being made on this tattoo removal! We expect this client will need one or two more treatments before the removal process is complete, but the results so far are very impressive, don’t you think? Please share with anyone you think might benefit from our services!
To support our ministry, we now offer tattoo removal to those who do not qualify for our free services. Our laser is state-of-the-art and we believe that our price is considerably less than what is typically available on the commercial tattoo-removal market.
Cost (Per Treatment):
X-Small Tattoo (1 square inch or less*) - $50
Small Tattoo (2-6 square inches) - $100
Medium Tattoo (7-15 square inches) - $150
Large Tattoo (16 to 30 square inches) - $200
*For reference, a postage stamp is approximately 1 square inch. The palm of your hand or a dollar bill is each approximately 15 square inches.
Payment is due at time of treatment. We accept personal check or credit card (we do not accept cash).
The typical blue-black tattoo will require 6-8 treatments to remove but the number will vary and you may require more than 8 treatments. Colored tattoos are more variable and our laser will remove most colors, but not all.
We do not guarantee complete removal of any tattoo.
This is Tony. His extensive facial tattoos make it difficult even for a skilled Mason to find work. Although facial tattoo removal is a painful process, Tony took the pain in order to have a better life. He and I both got a lot out of that treatment and I'm looking forward to seeing him again. We will keep you updated on Tony as his tattoo removal progresses.
Great news! After many months of planning, assembling our board and our technicians, signing a lease, creating a website, collecting supplies and preparing the office, we are now officially up and removing!
On January 12th and 13th, our seven laser-technicians-to-be took a two-day training course taught by Armando Diaz, an educator from the Dallas-based Astanza Laser College. Armando and the state-of-the art Astanza Duality Laser flew in from Dallas the day before the training. After setting up and thoroughly testing the laser, Armando taught us a detailed course in tattoos and tattoo application, types of tattoos, laser safety requirements, laser physics, laser skin interaction, tattoo removal contraindications and complications, and hands-on tattoo-removal protocols. Armando is a laser expert - he has an engineering degree from Purdue University and has been with Astanza for six years. The classroom training was excellent, with six hours of lectures and a strong focus on client safety.
For our hands-on laser training, we first practiced on magazine pages, since magazine ink is similar to tattoo ink. With safety goggles in place and Armando overseeing, each of us got to position the laser, press the foot pedal and hear a sharp "snap" as a small square of magazine ink absorbed energy from the six one-millionths of a second laser pulse and vaporized, leaving behind a pale grey square. This is the same process that occurs within the skin, as relatively large tattoo-ink globules absorb the laser energy and shatter into extremely tiny particles that can be absorbed by the body's clean-up system of specialized white blood cells.
After the magazine practice, we were ready for the real thing. Our eight volunteer clients had dozens of tattoos between them. Each of us got to treat multiple tattoos with Armando overseeing the process. The most fascinating thing to me was that the same sharp "snap" sound emanated from the skin as the tattoo ink absorbed laser energy and disintegrated beneath the surface.
At the end of the two-day course, Armando tested us and every student passed with flying colors, each of us earning the title of Certified Laser Specialist. We are now ready to serve our clients and are scheduling sessions. We provide this service at no cost for the formerly-incarcerated, the formerly-gang-involved, and victims of human trafficking. Please contact us if you believe that you might qualify for this life-changing treatment.