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Tattoo Regrets In Los Angeles

True story: As a fourth-year medical student I spent a summer working with a dermatologist in Los Angeles. In addition to all the skin cancer removal, sun damage, and Mohs surgery patients, my preceptor had a thriving laser tattoo removal business.

One day a rock band electric guitarist came into the office requesting help for an incident he’d had the night before. Apparently he’d gotten terribly drunk (+/- stoned) and made an impulsive tattoo decision that he regretted deeply in the light of morning.

The gaunt, long-haired gentleman entered the dermatology suite with his head hung low. He sat down in the exam chair and explained that he was there for a tattoo removal consultation. “Man, I can’t believe I did this to myself,” he muttered as he unbuttoned his shirt.

I wondered what on earth could be so terrible…

And then I saw it.

It was an 8 inch by 4 inch, bright yellow and black tattoo…

On the left side of his neck…

An exact replica of…

The periodic table of the elements.

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4 Responses to “Tattoo Regrets In Los Angeles”

  1. Strong One says:

    Oh… how funny. Thanks for the laugh.

  2. rlbates says:

    Very funny! Did he regret getting a tattoo or just the one of the periodic table?

  3. amie50 says:

    that must have cost him money to remove that tattoo….you should not really get a tattoo on an impulse more so when you're drunk or stoned….

  4. amie50 says:

    that must have cost him money to remove that tattoo….you should not really get a tattoo on an impulse more so when you're drunk or stoned….

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