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Is Pete Davidson getting his tattoos removed?

You’ve probably heard by now that Pete Davidson, 27-year-old star of Saturday Night Live (SNL), is reportedly removing all of his tattoos. While there is plenty of speculation about why he might be going for a clean slate, another question is: “Is it even possible to remove all of those tattoos!?” Let’s investigate.

Why Does Pete Davidson Want to Remove All His Tattoos?

Davidson, a native New Yorker, and star of Judd Apatow’s “King of Staten Island” (a semi-biographical movie about Pete Davidson’s life), revealed to film critic Mike McGranaghan that he is in the process of removing all of his tattoos. 

In response to shocked Pete Davidson fans, McGranaghan gave some insight into a part of the reason why he might be removing his ink. “He said it takes 3-4 hours in the makeup chair to cover them, so he figured ‘it would be easier to get them burned off.’” Another article written by Page Six recognizes that Lorne Michaels of SNL might be pleased, as actor and comedian John Mulaney previously relayed that Micheals isn’t a fan of the ink Davidson has. Our question still remains, why would that matter? 

When it comes to tattoo removal, career pressure is a common reason for wanting to get rid of ink. Many of our clients come to us for similar reasons, particularly if they’re in careers that have appearance restrictions, such as military or flight attendant regulations.

 

How Can Pete Davidson, or Anyone Remove 100+ Tattoos?

With over 100 tattoos, Pete Davidson has no shortage of tattoos to remove. If you’re unfamiliar with the tattoo removal process, Pete saying he would rather “burn” his tattoos off than cover them with makeup can sound alarming. However, tattoo removal (at least laser tattoo removal), doesn’t burn your skin– it just breaks up the ink in your tattoo so that your body processes it out. It’s true there are other removal methods, but laser tattoo removal is the safest and most effective form of tattoo removal, which is our bet on how Pete is removing his tattoos.

Something most people don’t know about tattoo removal is that it takes multiple sessions over the course of time to remove a tattoo. If Pete Davidson is doing laser tattoo removal, expect to see his tattoos fade over the next few months and years. 

 

How would Removery remove Pete Davidson's tattoos?

When asked, our VP of Clinical Operations stated, "I’d start with the forest on Pete’s arm, the shark on his chest, and the keyhole on his ribs since they’re dark. I’d also start with his neck tattoos and behind the ear tattoo, because with the circulation those areas get, they’d be quick to remove. I’d also like to also start with the hands and neck, since he sees those all the time, and would be helpful to remove first from a psychological standpoint. It's helpful for our clients to see the progress of their tattoo removal.”

The forest on Pete Davidson's tattoo is a cover up, done by tattoo artist Jon Mesa.
Pete Davidson's shark tattoo is also a cover up, which would likely take 10-12 sessions to remove.
The keyhole tattoo on Pete Davidson's side would be a good tattoo to start removing first, since it's so dark.
Pete's "Cursed" neck tattoo would fade quickly due to circulation.
The tattoo behind Pete's ear would also fade fairly quickly, since there is a lot of circulation in that area.
Pete's hand tattoos would be good to remove first, since they're most visible.

Is it possible to treat multiple tattoos? Even 100+?

A few articles written about Pete Davidson’s tattoo removal question whether it’s even possible to remove all of his tattoos. It is possible!
We asked our VP of Clinical Operations, Carmen Brodie, to explain how she would approach removing all of Pete’s tattoos.

Here is what she had to say:

Mental Health and Tattoo Removal

For some, tattoo removal is more about healing past trauma than it is about complying with work or removing unsightly markings. Mental health certainly plays a role in why some clients get tattoos, and conversely, choose to remove them. 

For some cases, such as with Davidson, tattoos are a coping mechanism. We have seen that many folks treat the tattoo removal process as a final step in healing from the past. Ink Magazine writes, “Davidson has found that tattooing is a way for him to exchange emotional pain with physical pain, which explains why he’s gravitated to getting tattooed following his breakups.”

 In an article with radio host Charlamagne tha God, Pete Davidson talks about how depression has been a big part of his life and the important role his community plays in it.

“My rock bottom is when people are scared for my life and I have to go away, and then I have to bring myself back up again. I think I’ve hit it a few times. As long as you’re around good, supportive people, and if you’re strong enough, you’ll be able to get out of it.”

Tattoo Removal at Removery

Whatever the purpose for removal of Davidson’s tattoos, regret should not play a part. Compassion, Trust, Empathy, and Purpose guide what we at Removery do with every tattoo removal and interaction. 

“The truth is, many of our clients have experienced some form of depression or mania,” says Phil Marandola, manager of Removery’s INK-nitiative program. “Clients come to us in various stages of healing. Sometimes we are the final step in moving past incarceration. And sometimes clients are completely changing their identity, as is the case with Farrah Flawless. Either way, we are here to help people move past trauma in one way or another.”