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Tattoo removal gains popularity following new advancements

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Laser tattoo removal had a reputation of being unbearably painful, but thanks to advancements in technology, procedures have become somewhat more comfortable.

Whether a client had a change of heart or is making room for new ink, Tataway tattoo removal offers cutting edge treatment.

“The first tattoo I ever got I designed myself and then years later, I decided it wasn’t the best idea,” said Baker, a tattoo artist at Night Owl Tattoo, who got his first tattoo at age 19.

Baker's first experience with laser tattoo removal was painful.

“He was doing it less legally, and he was a little secretive. It was an older model, and he was a little gruff, he wasn’t trying to make it any easier," Baker added.

Since then, laser technology has come leaps and bounds.  

"The laser breaks down the ink so your body can remove it.  Naturally, your body would like to remove the ink from your skin because it recognizes that it does not belong there," said Mike Downing with Tataway.

Tataway can perform laser services in a van that travels throughout the state, and parts of the Northeast. They travel throughout the state offering their services to clients. They also have a permanent location in Boston.

Tattoo removal is still far from painless. People have undergone the treatment said it feels like a rubber band snapping on the skin repeatedly.

The good news is the procedure can be done quickly.

“I can laser the size of a dollar bill in no longer than a minute and a half,” said Downing.

Tataway also uses cooling machines to reduce discomfort.

Tattooing is a $1.6 billion industry. Experts say about 14 percent of Americans have a tattoo, but about 17 percent of those with ink regret their choice.

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