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SPECIAL REPORT: The Real Cost of Tattoos
FAIRBORN -- A drunken bender can lead you to making bad decisions, and getting a tattoo can be one of them.
You can pay a hefty price for some skin art.
And while Hollywood gets a quick laugh when there are tattoo regrets, it's a decision for life.
"You have kids coming in, just barely 18, some of them coming in with their parents, not even 18 wanting tattoos that are visible and they're still in high school," tattoo artist Justin Barbarino said.
"I think tattoos are fine, I think it's just a way for the younger generation to express themselves," said Lauren Duke, a student at Wright State University.
They are an expression 20-year-old Lauren Duke finds freeing.
"I have one on my wrist right here, on my shoulder, on my side and then I have one on my foot," said Lauren. "It's a fun way that you can say what you like, like I have a tattoo that's from the movie 'Pocahontas.' I love 'Pocahontas' and it's super cool."
Adorning tattoo art might be "super cool" for the younger generation, but that ink could come with a permanent price.
"Think about your future. Think about different career paths where you may end up and think how is this going to affect me when I go to serve a client or when I go to work for a Fortune 500 company. How am I going to be judged by what's being shown," said Lisa Duke, Career Services Adviser for Wright State University.
It's a judgement employers make, and take into consideration when looking for employees.
"Accounting, that's a pretty conservative career field still. I have men that talk about men with facial hair, they don't even want men to have facial hair when they're going into internships," said Lisa.
With Lauren's tattoos on her wrist and foot, choosing a career could be difficult.
"I know even though anthropology is a pretty liberal field they might not take me as seriously because I do have a tattoo that shows," said Lauren.
"About 25-50 percent of people that actually have a tattoo have regret at some point in their life and they want them off," Dermatologist Matt Bakos
Bakos sees 50 to 60 people a month in his Kettering office who want their bad decision removed.
"They think it's going to be a quick easy procedure, and unfortunately we tell everybody it's going to take about 6-12 treatments spaced out every six weeks or so. It could take one to two years for a professional tattoo to go away," said Bakos.
The laser tattoo removal can be painful; in fact, Dr. Bakos says it's often more uncomfortable then getting the tattoo itself.
And even after all that he says it doesn't always work.
"Sometimes we can't get them to go away completely. There's some residual ink or sometimes there's some subtle hypo-pigmentation, which means their skin is just a little lighter in that area," said Bakos.
Getting inked is a one-time decision that makes a lasting impression.
And while it might be "cool" now, it could change the course of your life.
"Don't have any regrets in your career path that you might have this tattoo that can hinder you from moving into a direction that you want to move into," said Lisa.
Not only is laser tattoo removal painful, it's also expensive.
It can cost any where from $75-400 a session.
FAIRBORN -- Young adults want to express themselves, but nowadays many are doing it with tattoos.
"It's a fun way that you can say what you like, like 'I have a tattoo that's from the movie Pocahontas, I love Pocahontas and it's super cool'," said Lauren Duke, a Wright State University student.
While it might seem like the cool thing to do now, it could affect your future.
"We do have to advise students from time to time when we're prepping them to go into job interviews to be really conscientious about the tattoos and how they're showing," said Lisa Duke, Career Services Adviser for Wright State University.
The negative stigma might be fading, but that tattoo is permanent.
Coming up tonight on ABC 22 News at 11, Reporter Elyse Coulter finds out how tattoos can affect your future and the lengths some take to get them removed.
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