By Staff Blogger LaDonna Seely
Ever wish you had a second chance to make a first impression? One of our new partners is making that wish a reality for one of our ReEntry participants, Jeremy. I recently had the chance to visit with Karis Heffron, owner of Beloved Laser Tattoo Removal, at her St. Paul shop to talk about their generous gift of that second chance.
Beloved Laser Tattoo Removal is donating their services to remove several tattoos from Jeremy’s face and hands. Because they are the first thing people notice about Jeremy, the single father of a 3-year-old son, his chances at landing a job interview are even more difficult.
“People say awful things when I’m out with my kid,” Jeremy said. “I’m tired of going into grocery stores with my son and getting stared at. I’m a nice guy and hard working. People shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.”
Unfortunately, people do tend to make assumptions about a person’s appearance.
“I know that there are defiantly people like Jeremy who have stuff like tattoos hindering them from entering the job market or achieving what they want in society,” Karis said. “This is something he really wants to do because he knows it will help him get more job opportunities, and we are happy to help. I think it’s a really good thing to give back in this way and change someone’s life. Hopefully this will open up so many more doors for Jeremy and that’s awesome.”
The Licensed Esthetician, Certified Laser Technician (L.E., C.L.T.) at Beloved uses the crème de la crème of tattoo removal technology and techniques. However, the process is painstakingly slow for someone who needs a job right now. Jeremy could need up to 15 sessions – with at least four weeks between them to heal – to completely eradicate the unwanted ink. Each session lasts about 15 minutes, but each client is different depending on the size, color, ink and location of the tattoo, Karis said.
“It hurts worse than getting the tattoos, I’m surprised. I’m just hoping to get my foot in the door with a clean slate,” said Jeremy who is also working on completing his GED.
Jeremy’s story was chronicled in the StarTribune, Jan. 16, by columnist Gail Rosenblum, “Man hopes removing tattoos helps his job hunt.”