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Some say more people are getting tattoos removed

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Alicia Thiers removes someone's tattoo. (File/FOX Carolina) Alicia Thiers removes someone's tattoo. (File/FOX Carolina)

Some might say that tattoos are less taboo than ever, and a Harris poll that came out this year said one in five adults has at least one tattoo.

But apparently the more often people get tattoos, the more often they're getting them removed.

According to a skin care magazine called The Patient Guide, tattoo removal is up 32 percent over 2011. And it said the reason may come down to money.

People need jobs, but employers don't always want to hire people covered in ink.

Alicia Thiers knows tattoos because as a laser technician, she removes them every day.

"I couldn't possibly think of something I'd want attached to my body, forever," said Thiers. "I feel really bad for the 18-year-olds that walk in like 'oh my gosh, I paid $30 for this tattoo and it's going to cost me $1,000 to take it off?'"

Thiers said that laser removal is a lot cheaper than it used to be a few years ago. She also said that because more people have tattoos, more are getting them removed, especially the "visible ones."

"As far as the recruitment office for the military, I think they have me on speed dial," said Thiers.

Thiers said many young people have come to her realizing their exposed tattoos may cause problems in their job search, especially in career fields that are more strict like the military and nursing programs.

Eddie Payne is the spokesman for Robert Hall International, a professional staffing firm based in Greenville, and said depending on the job, tattoos may not be accepted.

Payne said the best idea for a job interview is to dress conservatively, probably covering up a tattoo depending on its placement, before knowing how the work atmosphere will respond.

"Do we see the president walking around with a tattoo?" said Payne. "If you want to have higher jobs, professional jobs, it's not really cool to be walking around with a tattoo on your neck."

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers may have a dress code that prohibits tattoos - as long as that code is enforced across the board and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender or disability.

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