Removery’s INK-nitiative program is a community outreach initiative designed to provide safe, effective, and free tattoo removal on the hands, neck, and face to those in need who were formerly incarcerated, gang members, survivors of human trafficking and those who wish to remove hate symbols or racist tattoos.

Old tattoos can be a painful reminder of a life left behind. By removing them we help our clients erase daily reminders of darker past days, leaving room for a brighter future and a better version of themselves. We want to empower people who’ve had the courage to change and help them feel confident in their new path.

For every paying person who completes their tattoo removal journey we will provide a removal service to someone who meets the below criteria:

  • Tattoo is on the hands, neck, face
  • Previously or are currently incarcerated
  • Survivor of human trafficking
  • Have a hate symbol or racist tattoo
  • Former gang member

Please fill out the form below to start your application, our successful applicants are enrolled on a rolling basis based on availability within the program. We review applications 4 times a year (Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct).

All Applicants Must Have an Advocate

All applicants must have a letter of recommendation from an official advocate. Acceptable advocates are social workers, PO officers, Reentry officers, or a sponsor who is not family or friends. The advocate letter can be attached to the application below

Qualifying Tattoo Examples

Ink-nitiative is dedicated to providing safe, effective, and free tattoo removal from the hands, neck, and face to those in need.

Gang Tattoos
Prison Tattoos
Prison Tattoos

Apply to INK-nitiative

  • Qualifying tattoos must be on the hands, neck, or face. Please select the placement of your tattoo(s).
  • *The tattoo you are inquiring to remove must be directly related to the category you have chosen
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    • Please provide the name of an advocate who can support your application:

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        The advocate letter is a letter that shows you have community-based support to move forward with your life. We accept letters from parol officers, reentry officers, community service coordinators, social workers, therapists, counselors, halfway house representatives, and affiliate organization leaders. We will not accept letters from family or friends.

      Removery Celebrates National Tattoo Removal Day

      On August 14, 2020 we celebrated National Tattoo Removal Day at Removery by recognizing the INK-nitiative Program.

      We began our first enrollment group for those who have successfully applied to the program. All we ask is for your commitment to show up to every appointment and follow our simple aftercare steps.

      Please note: Removery Ink-nitiative program is not state or federally funded and we do this to give back to the community. We reserve the right to approve individuals that meet our specific criteria and give all individuals appropriate consideration. References may be required.

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      About Removery

      Headquartered in the heart of Austin, TX, Removery exists to empower you to become who you want to be, by giving you choices over your tattoos. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality service and care at every stage of your tattoo removal or fading journey.

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