That permanent ink isn't so permanent


POSTED: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 12:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 12:39pm

Tattoo artist Andy Martinez sees people of all ages wanting all kind of designs on all sorts of body parts.

"The biggest trend we've been doing here lately is ribs," said Martinez of Randy Adam's tattoo studio.

Right now people in their thirties are the most likely to have a tattoo than younger or older adults. More women have them than men according to a recent poll.

"People want to express themselves show what they believe in what they like," said Martinez.

And when their enthusiasm of the artwork starts to fade, eventually they will want it removed.

"When the laser hits the ink it kind of shatters it," said Laser specialist Tayler Rittenhouse.

The laser breaks down the ink and the body flushes it away, and the number of sessions depends on the color and quality of ink. The closer it is to the heart, typically the faster it fades.

Cost is based on the size of the tattoo starting at $100 per session and customers say it is not a painless fix.

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