Tattoos have become more and more common whether it be with friends and family or in mainstream media. Whereas ink on the body would have been construed as ‘rebel-like’ in the past, it is much more accepted in the present day. However, a young man from New Zealand has said that he is having difficulty finding a job because of a face tattoo.
It is during his time in jail with his brother when he decided to get the tattoo.
What he originally thought was going to be a small tattoo ended up taking up a majority of the lower half of his face.
Mark Cropp is from New Zealand and he was in jail with his brother when he was sentenced to two years for aggravated robbery.
It was within those two years when he and his brother decided to get the word ‘DEVAST8’ tattooed across his mouth, cheeks, chin and under his nose.
The word was supposed to symbolize his nickname and not any sort of gang affiliation. The brothers were reportedly drunk on some improvised alcohol of fermented apples, sugar, and bread when the procedure took place.
In an interview, he said that he got the tattoo during a ‘rough patch’ and that it was initially supposed to just be a small tattoo across his jawline.
He said: ‘part of jail life, you get people with tattoos and you look at them, step back, ‘Watch out for that guy’ sort of thing.’
In regards to looking for employment, he said: ‘I’ve gone into a couple of places [to find work]. One employment place turned around and said to me that ‘I wouldn’t even employ you with that on your face.’ I’ve had other people who shrugged and laughed at me.’
So instead of doing the same thing over and over again, Mark decided to post to Facebook to look for prospective employers.
He posted on Facebook asking for a chance to work and listed his work experience. He explained that he had a rather large face tattoo but was a keen and willing worker.
After his post went viral, a company in Auckland messaged Mark stating that they were willing to remove the tattoo free of charge and to also pay for his travel expenses.
He has since accepted the offer and has also commented: ‘The best was when my mom put a comment on it. She just said ‘proud of you son’. I’ve had a lot of responses from people and I also may have a potential job offer.’
Douglas Herbert, who is the owner of a scaffolding company, has told the 19-year old that he is willing to hire him at 22 dollars an hour (which is 12.40 pounds in New Zealand.)
And of course, Douglas also has a few tattoos on himself.