Dutchess of Black Ink

Earlier this week, we gave tattoo tips for those of us with brown skin. Picking a tattoo design isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do and should be given a lot of thought, especially since nowadays having a tattoo removed is painful with lasers and expensive. As a person with 6 tattoos, I can honestly say that a lot of thought went into every one of them but my first. Hey, I was young, what can I say? Fortunately for me, it’s easily hidden.

Often times I think about having the tattoo removed, but the thought of having a scar from the laser makes me just want to keep the tattoo or even get it covered up with something else. But  Alec Falkenham, a 27-year-old researcher from Canada’s Dalhousie University, may have created a cream that could painlessly get rid of your tattoo mistakes.

Unlike other creams on the market that promise to fade your tattoos gradually, over the course of several months, but may still leave remnants, Falkenham’s cream targets the tattooed skin cells and replaces them with new, undamaged skin cells; over the course of several treatments. It’s less costly than laser and promises to have better results.

“When comparing it to laser-based tattoo removal, in which you see the burns, the scarring, the blisters, in this case, we’ve designed a drug that doesn’t really have much off-target effect,”Falkenham told CBC.

The cream is currently still in the development phase and is being tested on pig ears. As far as the cost, Falkenham estimates that it’ll be about 4 cents per square centimeter, which isn’t bad considering laser surgery can run about $600+.

Image Credit: Dutchess, Black Ink Instagram


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  • As time goes on, the tattoo removal technology will evolve. So, this new cream is the sign of the times. I do see tons of young people wearing at least one tattoo. Back 50 or 60 years ago, there have been much less people wearing it than today. Folks that wore tattoos back in the day had more simplistic imagery. Now, verses, quotes, images, etc. are utilized as tattoos too. People wearing them are very diverse now. I guess that it is the sign of the times. Wearing a tattoo is a personal, individual decision. I don’t have tattoos and that is part of my voluntary choice.

    • Anthony

      There is no denying the obvious, tattoos are a personal decisions. It is just my opinions that too many people have too many of them, and too many tattoos are simply not well done.

      Just remember, Duchess won’t have that young, tight skin forever!

    • There are many people who lack expertise in displaying tattoos. Some folks just want tattoos for immediate social gratification. All people should know the risk factors of the usage of massive tattoos and make their own decisions. You’re right that many individuals have placed an extreme amount of tattoos on their bodies. Some people wear tattoos because they want to express themselves and others have some sense of social insecurities. It would be common to see Duchess with lot of tattoos, because she is in that culture as a worker in the tattoo industry.

  • Bearlikesbones

    Oh God please let this be legit. I was 19-20 and oh so dumb. Have a couple of “trendy” tattoos that I’d never even consider now. What was I thinking……..

  • Cultsphere83

    Suddenly that idea to get full sleeves isn’t so appealing when entering the mid 30s early 40s.. I have two tattoos, that i both can hide, and brandish very easily. I’m proud of my ink, and now consider it apart of me for sure.. But practicality also has to measure in, and there are very few choice careers that would accept that look unless its working online, or working for yourself.. .. Just saying.