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Removing the Marks of the Past

Monterey’s Tattoo Removal Program is Helping People Forge a Different Future

We see tattoos everywhere these days. People of all walks of life sport them in endless variety. Most of them are pretty benign—animals and flowers, names and remembrances of loved ones, crosses and expressions of faith.But others are quite potent, with dark meanings—gang symbols, swastikas, profane words and phrases, racist slogans, macabre images, and marks that signal violence, abuse, and exploitation.

Such tattoos evoke strong emotions. The people who have them often come to view them with shame, embarrassment, or pain, while the people who see them displayed often react with disgust, wariness, and dismissal. These responses makes it hard for people to move beyond their past to forge a brighter future in new jobs, new relationships, and new lives. Unless they can come up with the money for laser tattoo removal, they are stuck with their tattoos. With most tattoo removal services charging at least $100 per session and most tattoos requiring several sessions to remove, the process for many is simply out of reach.

This reality is behind the Tattoo Removal program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey, CA, which works to help people who want to forge a new path in life by removing their most egregious tattoos.

See more about Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey’s Tattoo Removal program in the Spring 2014 issue of Charities Magazine.