techniques #6: tattoo removal via handheld sander

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 07-22-2010 01:53 PM 9121 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s mildly gruesome, if very low-quality – fair warning – but here’s a page with a video of a unique use for the Black & Decker Mega Mouse (the one with the comfort gel pads on top) – sanding out an unwanted tattoo. The guy laying on the ground and having his left pectoralis major sanded to a vivid crimson seems unaffected by it, but also seems a little surprised when he sees it, stating “Wow, that s**t pulled me open pretty good.”


It looks like they’re using the finger plate attachment, seen in the lower right of this unrelated image to avoid sanding a much larger portion of his chest. Hopefully he didn’t end up with a bunch of grit embedded in his skin. Anyone know what you put on a reddened area like this when you’re done sanding? Shellac? A water based poly, perhaps?

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 02:01 PM

Hey if you don’t have the money for laser surgery, and you’re tough, what the heck..

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 07-22-2010 02:50 PM

To get a tattoo in the first place, says a lot about the person. So this type of removal process does not surprize me. Barbaric

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 07-22-2010 03:02 PM

I’d go with salad bowl mineral oil myself… not that THATS gonna happen…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 07-22-2010 03:33 PM

Heh, we’re going to take that tattoo off of him if he likes it or not!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Bob Kollman

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#5 posted 07-22-2010 03:50 PM

Very disturbing people….

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 07-22-2010 03:57 PM

this is akin to belt sander races…. maybe we can combine events…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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David Craig

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#7 posted 07-22-2010 04:10 PM

Maybe someone should have recommended primer if he couldn’t afford the skin graft :) Two coats of primer than he could get a new tattoo…


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 07-22-2010 05:05 PM

40% of the people with tatoos have hepititis. If he didn’t when they started, he probably will when they finsih. I think it needs to air dry before finishing. On second thought, maybe kiln dried would be more appropriate :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 07-22-2010 05:33 PM

I wonder what grit he is using ;-)

rust: I don’t have any myself but people get tattoo’s for many reason’s, let’s not stereotype.

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#10 posted 07-24-2010 02:28 PM

This has been an interesting read . I don’t have any either but I know lot’s of people who do and that is fine by me . Tattoo’s are pretty popular these days . Interesting that 40 % have hepatitis . I didn’t know that one either ! I had given it some thought over the years but never pulled the trigger or decide what I wanted or where . I have one son to finish raising . He has mentioned it a few times . I think I have him holding off until he hits 21 and will be a little more mature to make a rational decision . If he decides to at that time that is his decision . I am not for them or against them . It’s up to the individual … long as they are old enough to make a responsible decision . I don’t like seeing kids with them . Think I will show him the “mouse” just for a little reinforcement .

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#11 posted 07-26-2010 03:48 AM

I don’t think I’m ready to believe that 40% of people with tattoo’s have hepatitis. Tattoo’s inspire many stereotypes but the fact of the matter is that it seems like everyone is getting one lately. There’s nothing wrong with that.

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#12 posted 07-26-2010 05:38 AM

That was reported in the news a few years ago. Problem with hepatitis is the people don’t have serous symptoms right a way. So they pass it around more. Hopefully, they are more careful about blood borne diseases in the tatoo shops.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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