Free tattoo removal to transform lives

This company is giving free tattoo removals — and new leases on life — to people who were incarcerated, survived sex trafficking, or are hoping to leave a troubled past behind.

INK program provides a second chance

Free tattoo removal program

The Finery is a tattoo removal studio with thirty-five locations in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Buffalo. They even have mobile units that travel throughout the northeast providing their services. What is really special about them is their INK program. The Finery’s INK program (an acronym for I Now Know) is an initiative for providing free tattoo removals to people who were formerly incarcerated, gang members, or survivors of human trafficking. This company was created in 2011 and prides its ability to give customers a second chance at life with this independently funded program.

“When other people recognize me, they'll speak to me and they'll talk to me like all the other guys. And I guess as soon as they see my neck it’s like, “This guy's a gangster or criminal or something, you know, because who would put a tattoo on a night like that?” But then I realized that I did that when I was younger, not thinking, and not something to scare people. I'm actually trying to join the Navy and the Navy, they're OK with tattoos. But the neck area, when you are a soldier or when you're in uniform, I should say, you represent something and you represent an image. And that being on your neck gives off a different image,” Jose Rodriguez shares the prejudice he faces for his tattoo with Brut.

INK program information

With the average tattoo removal session taking 8-10 sessions and costing around $2,500, the program has completed 75 removals since its creation. The process includes consultation and aftercare supervision. With Vice reporting that many inmates often brand each other with sewing needles and electric toothbrush contraptions, and end up regretting their ink, Finery Founder and CEO Carmen Brodie is currently working towards bringing a free pre-release tattoo removal program to Massachusetts’ prisons.


05/03/2020 11:00

65 commentaires

  • Sar P.
    3 jours


  • Depay L.
    5 jours

    I am not sure if we have this device in Nigeria. I need to clean mine. I don’t want my kids grow up with such mentality.

  • Shazmaan M.
    14/09/2020 11:14


  • Tenzing B.
    10/09/2020 06:58

    I wanna remove my tattoos as well😭 I got it back when I was 13 and I regret having it 😭😭😭

  • Geo G.
    04/09/2020 22:44

    God bless you !u are giving idea that there are humans out there !

  • كاركاى د.
    02/09/2020 21:53

    Very nice, you are doing a great job.

  • Meagen H.
    28/08/2020 23:23

    I would love to remove mine

  • James M.
    26/08/2020 15:21

    Wish they would have shown some after pictures, once the skin has healed.

  • Merit J.
    15/08/2020 10:11

    Good job people! God bless you.

  • Annakarima S.
    04/08/2020 06:11


  • Subin G.
    04/08/2020 06:03

    doing a great service..

  • Sylver R.
    03/08/2020 23:54

    Hi,,, just wanna ask.. Is it safe to have removal(laser) if Ur pregnant?

  • Anthony W.
    03/08/2020 22:30

    Can some one help me with mine?

  • Omran A.
    03/08/2020 21:27

    Best job ever

  • Ismael B.
    03/08/2020 19:12

    tattoo pa more😅😅😅

  • Moya M.
    03/08/2020 14:58

    There's nothing wrong with tattoo as long as we stop judging the book by its cover👍

  • Michael C.
    03/08/2020 14:54

    Having the money to put the tatto on is what stop some from having a future. Not having the money keeps you from undoing what you did.

  • Vanessa S.
    03/08/2020 14:36

    Now THIS is a noble quest! Bravo!

  • Denise L.
    03/08/2020 14:13

    ,Awesome program!! It is definitely needed

  • Althea J.
    03/08/2020 02:59

    Wow it highlights the tattoo even more

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