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Aboutus

We believe everyone deserves a second chance at a better life—our returning citizens, former gang members and survivors of human trafficking. Our tattoo removal services support and empower those who have made a choice to shed the scars of the past and work for a better future through safe, effective laser tattoo removal. We offer a community of caring, a safe space for healing and a helping hand toward a brighter future. We’re kindness and compassion — no strings attached.

Our Story..

Jo Martin and PatientIt all began when Jo Martin, founder of Tattoo Removal Ink, retired from a 30-year corporate career and began volunteering as a GED tutor at a local jail. During her time at the jail, she noticed many of the inmates were covered in racist or offensive tattoos. “How would they ever be employable,” she wondered, “if their ink offended potential employers?”

Purely by providence, Jo learned about Father Greg Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit in California that provides job training and support to former gang members. He was speaking at a university a few hours away. Father Greg Boyle’s speech touched Jo, and she talked to him afterward, explaining her desire to help inmates remove their tattoos. He urged her to tour Homeboy’s operation in California.

Jo and a friend went to Los Angeles. At Homeboy’s facilities, she learned that former gang members received mental health counseling, job placement services and much more. But free tattoo removal often lured them in the door. Jo was inspired and knew she had found her calling.

Back home, she began setting up a nonprofit. Jo recruited two doctor friends to be co-medical directors of the clinic and purchased an Astanza laser removal machine at the discounted price of $55,000. Astanza sent a biomedical engineer to Florence for a two-day training to teach Martin and her colleagues how to remove tattoos. And the rest is history.

Jo, along with her Board of Directors, opened Tattoo Removal Ink in January of 2017. Since then, TRI has treated thousands of tattoos, transforming the lives of former inmates, gang members and human trafficking survivors.

At Tattoo Removal Ink, we believe a little kindness goes a long way. We do not just remove tattoos — we give people a fresh start and a chance to move past their past. When people are given the opportunity to work and create a better life for themselves, we all win. Because at the end of the day, there is no “us” and “them” — there is only “us”.

Remove an unwelcome symbol  of your past.

Don’t let the past dictate your future. If you are a former gang member, returning citizen or human trafficking survivor,
TRI can help transform your future with a free tattoo removal service.

Want to offer someone a brighter future?

See how you can help transform the lives of the formerly incarcerated, gang members and human trafficking survivors.

See how laser tattoo
removal works.

From the first appointment to the last, see how the tattoo
removal process
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What they say

Restoring Confidence

SUCH an amazing place! Jo is just phenomenal! So much love & goodness in there & truly life changing work being done. Thank God 4them!d!”

Heather Brooks