South Australian tattoo removal business LaserTat has launched their Fresh Start Program — the first service of its kind in Australia to offer FREE laser tattoo removal to people with significant life barriers.
The program will accept one successful applicant every three months and will completely remove their unwanted tattoos via Q-Switched laser without the out-of-pocket costs.
This will save each individual anywhere from $500 to $8,000; ultimately allowing them to improve their quality of life.
Amanda McKinnon of LaserTat is determined that her initiative can help to reduce this figure.
She hopes that the success of this program will help to foster close relationships with employment service providers and other social support services, especially after a recent study revealed that the
long-term unemployed desperately need more resources.
The majority of tattoo removal reports and studies state that common motivations for tattoo removal include: regret, a relationship breakdown, poor tattoo design or quality, changing careers and spelling errors: but all fail to mention other significant circumstances that lead to unwanted tattoos.
It isn’t uncommon for people to be forced to get tattoos i.e. ex-gang members, victims of sex trafficking, people serving time in prison, and those who have spent time in immigration detention centres.
“Since opening my business in 2012, so many people have come in for consultations who are victims of domestic abuse. I can’t believe how many women have been forced to be ‘branded’ by their partners with tattoos. There’s no way that I can turn a blind eye to this”, states McKinnon.
The Fresh Start Program is currently being piloted on Kieren Schupelius, a 25-year-old male who is on home detention after completing a prison sentence at a South Australian correctional facility.
“In my youth I went down the wrong path and made some bad life choices. I got face tattoos that I now regret, and I ended up in jail”, states Schupelius. “I want to get my life back on track, gain employment and move forward with my life…LaserTat is giving me the opportunity to do this”.
The program is funded entirely by LaserTat, however a GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign has been set up for any voluntary donations from the public.
Applications are now open via the LaserTat website and close at 5:00pm ACDST Saturday 30 November 2019.
Applications will be screened individually, looking at each applicant’s circumstance, urgency for tattoo removal and their motivation to move forward with life.
For more information visit www.lasertat.com.au.