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Skin deep regrets

By James Marchet

  • The popularity of body modification trends like tattoos and piercings have skyrocketed in Australia in recent decades.
  • A 2015 survey conducted by Disappear Ink Tattoo Removal Clinic found that at least 15.4% of Australian men and 13.6% of Australian women have at least one tattoo.
  • The tattoo industry has been booming thanks to an ever-growing mainstream acceptance of tattoos and other body modification trends. In 2012, Australians spent a total of $93 Million on tattoos.
  • There are 987 tattoo businesses in Australia and the industry employs over 2000 people nationwide(2012)
  • A survey done in the UK in 2006 found that one in three people who get tattooed end up regretting it later in life.
  • Many people seek tattoo removal services due to job requirements or change of personal preference (full removal or fading to cover up with another tattoo).
  • The tattoo removal industry in Australia is widely unregulated, with many states not requiring any specific training to conduct treatment on clients.
  • Queensland has strict legislation that requires people to complete a number of different courses and training certificates in order to practice laser tattoo removal.
  • Depending on the colour, quality and thickness of lines of a tattoo, complete removal can take 1 -10 laser treatment sessions.

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