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Tattoo removal is on the rise

1951 Ray Bradbury Illustrated Man.

Tattoo removal has become a significant trend in recent times, capturing the attention of a wide demographic. Surprisingly, among the one in three Americans who proudly sport tattoos, an astonishingly high percentage, exceeding 25%, harbor regrets about at least one of their inked creations. To put this into perspective, this equates to a staggering 28 million individuals – a figure surpassing the entire population of Australia! It’s fascinating how the artistry that once adorned skin with personal significance is now inspiring a massive movement toward revision and reinvention.

The growing popularity of tattoo removal underscores a collective desire for a clean slate, allowing individuals to reassert control over their bodies and the narratives they choose to portray. This phenomenon exemplifies the intricate relationship between self-expression, evolving tastes, and the quest for transformation, as countless individuals seek to erase the past and embrace a new chapter of self-presentation.

Much like the narrator’s reaction to the Illustrated Man:

“What seems to be the trouble?” I asked.

For answer, he unbuttoned his tight collar, slowly. With his eyes shut, he put a slow hand to the task of unbuttoning his shirt all the way down. He slipped his fingers in to feel his chest. “Funny, he said, eyes still shut. “You can’t feel them but they’re there. I always hope that someday I’ll look and they’ll be gone. I walk in the sun for hours on the hottest days, baking, and hope that my sweat’ll wash them off, the sun’ll cook them off, but at sundown they’re still there.” He turned his head slightly toward me and exposed his chest. “Are they still there now?”

After a long while I exhaled. “Yes,” I said. “They’re still there.”

The Illustrations.