Every tattoo tells a story. Our customers tell their stories of what it means to be able to let go of tattoos that no longer serve them
Tattoo artist Hettie has been working in the industry for a number of years. Once quick to get bits and bobs tattooed on her, she now has a desire to make sure all of her own art is beautifully done and well constructed as it is the first thing her clients see.
Sometimes a tattoo, despite the best intentions just doesn’t fit. Over the last 20 years Carl has had and removed a number of tattoos but nothing touches his experience with NAAMA. His latest tattoo, a large buddha on his chest has disappeared with just a few removal sessions, leaving his chest smooth and in perfect condition for another tattoo.
Georgia no longer wants to look back at the past and is ready to move forward with her life. Her Harley Quinn tattoo was a present from an ex partner. It is a constant reminder of the hard times that she experienced in the relationship.
She has now started a new life, with a new partner and a new found confidence, the only thing holding her back is her tattoo.
Ilario’s tattoo serves as a constant reminder of who he used to be and the poor choices he made. He discovered drugs and got involved in crime at a very young age and one drug fuelled night, was persuaded to get a swastika on his wrist. He has regretted this ever since. Since recovering from his addictions, Ilario is a new person. He has educated himself, settled down in London, become involved with the Forward Trust and has started his own catering business, and dedicated his life to helping others break the often interlinked cycles of crime and addiction. Removing this tattoo will allow him to finally put the past behind him.
Whilst travelling around Asia, Abby had a lotus flower tattooed on her sternum, which perfectly represented where she was in her life and she loved it. Now several years on, she doesn’t feel it's her anymore. And it definitely doesn’t sit well alongside her wedding dress, poking up just visible through the neckline. It’s time to move forward into a new phase of life, and leave this tattoo behind.
After a cancer diagnosis, optician Sharon, chose to get a tattoo to represent the idea of moving forward. Sharon chose the ultimate symbol of power: an arrow. But here’s the thing. The tattoo just wasn’t quite right. The artist had taken some creative license, and now the arrow really didn’t look much like an arrow at all. This tattoo meant a great deal to Sharon, but it wasn’t what she had hoped for.
- Otis Taitt
Aged 16, feeling unsure of himself, Otis joined the armed forces.
Otis, feeling the need to find a way to fit in (fast), and armed with his first ever paycheck, sketched out a doodle and got his first tattoo: a large, tribal piece on his right shoulder. Years later, after leaving the army and having found his true passion - fitness - Otis no longer has anything to prove. Happy, self-assured and successful, his ink just no longer serves him.
For Yoga teacher Bethany, the infinity symbol she had tattooed on her ring finger, aged 18 and travelling the world, was a conscious decision. She didn’t believe in marriage, and the idea of needing a ring to show the world you love somebody.
But everyone changes. Now, living in Brixton and in a committed, loving relationship, Bethany ironically finds herself removing the infinity tattoo in search of the next phase of her life.
Drummer Sammy struggled to carry on with his everyday life as normal whilst undergoing laser tattoo removal from older, less advanced technologies. Hear about how his experience with NAAMA has completely changed that for him.