Tattoo Removal: Knuckle Edition

Hoo boy, and here is some tattoo removal for you, gentle readers, just in time for your company-mandated lunching hour. A little grisly, right? This photo, two days after the appointment, comes to us from a client of the Tattoo Laser Removal Clinic in sunny San Diego, California, but removal aside, we can neither confirm nor deny whether the person featured above still does, in fact, love life. We, of course, hope they do. But really, those blisters form mighty quick—after the jump, the first shot is another close-up from day two, and the final shot is from day one, before these suckers puffed right up.


Before we jump across…the jump, though, we figure this is as good a time as any to mention that friend of BME Allen Falkner, who many of you know is also in the tattoo removal business with his company, Fade Fast, has just published an article that we think is worth taking a look at. In it, Allen summarizes and explains the results of a study he recently conducted to “determine how different laser wavelengths interact with particular ink colors, and more specifically, with different brands of tattoo inks.” Give it a read, and if you’re planning on being in Las Vegas this weekend, Allen will be giving a lecture about his findings as well.

**NOTE: Just to clarify, Allen Falkner did not do the removal procedure pictured here.**

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43 thoughts on “Tattoo Removal: Knuckle Edition

  1. i would pay real money to see slow motion video of those fists punching someone (preferably a nazi) in the face. imagine the popping

  2. man my sympathies to that person, i think i would have just gotten a cover up or something, that looks disgusting

  3. Good grief, that’s gotta suck. Is that gonna be the outcome every time they go in for another session, or would the reaction be less severe because there’s less ink/tattoo to remove?

  4. Not usually one to cringe at things, due to well.. Being a regular on BME.. But for some reason, this just kinda made me flinch.

  5. Those blisters are seriously huge… >_<
    They seem to be placed on where i suppose red ink was used?

    Hopefully, i guess, this doesn’t happen to a lot of people? Not so hopefully for the person talked about though…
    Really hope it heals well…

  6. Zebs, I believe you are correct. Treating a red tattoo is usually done with a 532nm (green) wavelength. It’s very effective in clearing red ink. However, due to the high absorption into Melanin and Hemoglobin, one of the side effects can be blistering.

    I know those blisters look bad, but scarring is still rare even with such a giant reaction. In fact, one of the first times I lasered my own arm, I had a blister that was even larger, but as you can see here: The area show no signs of scarring at all.

  7. yikes! looks unpleasant. i’ve been thinking of a tattoo removal or lightening on one of my fingers.. but that’s not making me more motivated to do it.

  8. haha jojo.. i feel just the same. Give me a needle! POP POP POP!
    I know, not funny for the person in question, nor a good thing to do.

  9. the exact tattoo i’ve wanted for years. LIVE or LOVE. i’ll probably never tattoo my hands tho. or any of my body for that matter.

  10. LOLOL. They don’t love their life no moar!

    I couldn’t handle blisters that large on my hands.

    I would freak out.

  11. Wow. Human skin is just amazing. O.o

    Adam: I have to say, that is one of the most impressive commitments to scientific reasoning I’ve ever seen. …kudos!

  12. God damn. Someone drains those things! At first glace before reading the title and stuff, I thought they were gem or glass jewelry of some sort.

  13. Holy Hell!

    My roommate just laughed at me because I must have made a strange noise when the picture popped up. She asked what I was looking at and I when I told her Modblog, she asked what could be more terrifying than a split penis that doesn’t make me make strange noises. What’s more terrifying than a bisected schlong? That’s right, folks, really bad blisters ;)

  14. i know this is probably a stupid question, but why would it be bad to pop them? risk of infection/scarring/etc? they look too tempting!

  15. Ceci – The main reason not to pop a blister is that if you do it becomes an open wound. However, I personally feel that blisters of that size should be drained. If a big blister bursts the person will have a much larger wound than if they had just poked a hole with a sterile needle.

  16. looks to me like the knuckles weren’t initialy tattooed that long ago either; the colours still pretty strong…

    either way, yowch.

  17. It really makes you sit back and think, what’s more attractive, permanent artwork that is visible? Or disgusting blisters? Come on modernism!

  18. Ouch, ugly painful things… But stil, burns of that size usually heal scar-free, if not infected (the reason to keep the blisters closed, and the hands calm, in a few days these things will drain themselves). I had once (much) worse blisters, after a small lab accident with boiling sulphuric acid (350°C) on the thumb and the index finger / side of the palm), 3 large things, covering more or less the whole skin between thumb and index finger. It healed scar-free.

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