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Tattoos have never been as popular as they are right now. In fact, a quarter of all Americans 18 to 50 have one.

Tattooing has been around for thousands of years. The first method of removing a tattoo was literally taking sandpaper and rubbing it like this against the skin.  Today we use lasers that can still be a painful, long process and expensive, but just like sandpaper that too could soon be a thing of the past.

They come in every shape and every size, ranging from birdies breathing fire to pirate skulls. You name it tattoo artists can do it.

"I see it as sort of a scrap book I can tell you who I was with what we did when I got the tattoo."

Dave Porter is not only covered in tattoo's he's the owner of West Palm Beach's Hellcat Tattoo Parlor.  In addition to designing the wearable art he also makes his own ink.

"We've got a ton of different colors."

but there is a new ink about to hit the market...  It could cause a revolution in the art of tattooing.  It's called Freedom 2 Ink and it's easily erasable.

"This ink was the first ink ever to be designed to be removed by a laser."

Dr Jill Lezaic is a tattoo expert of a different kind. She's an expert at removing tattoos.  Not only is it not easy.  It's also painful, expensive and can take up to 20 treatments.

"It's not as easy as one would think it is but it can be very rewarding."

Just ask Ivy Castro she's having the tattoo on her chest removed.

"It's painful but it is worth it. I hope it will be completely gone."

The new Freedom 2 Ink is a break through. If it would have been available when Ivy got her tattoo when she was 16 she would not have to go through all of this today.

"We are very excited because I think those people that do regret their tattoos and there are a number of them have an answer now have an option."

But some aren't so excited. Back inside Hellcat Tattoo Parlor, Dave has not made up his mind if he will even offer the so called erasable ink.

"I will have to see the ink. I will have to see what it looks like in the skin if it doesn't look good in the skin then I'm not going to use it."

Nicole Polichano loves her tattoos and thinks having the option of easily removing them defeats the purpose of getting inked.

"They all have symbolism behind them that's not going to change as I get older or go through different life phases."

But most experts agree, the new ink will allow a lot more people to get a tattoo. Even Dr. Lezaic says she might get one.

"I think so. I think I might, don't hold me to that but I think I would consider it more now than ever." 

The bottom line there would still be some pain to get the tattoo removed but it's only one laser treatment as opposed to dozens.
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