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Deas 298FINAL_2 - Tattoo Removal 1 Out Of The Darkness And...

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Tattoo Removal Out Of The Darkness And Into The Light: Removing Gang Related and Offensive Tattoos A Mixed Methods Study By Amy Deas A Social Work 298 Special Project Presented to the Faculty of the School of Social Work San Jose State University In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Social Work Amy D’Andrade Maria Runciman May, 2008 1
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Tattoo Removal Abstract The objective of this quantitative and qualitative research is to examine the different reasons people give for wanting their tattoos removed upon entering a tattoo removal program and to explore in depth the personal experiences of people who have participated in a tattoo removal program. The participants are people who have had tattoos removed through the tattoo removal program at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Monterey, California. The quantitative component of this study reviewed 116 completed intake forms for an existing tattoo removal program run by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Monterey and used bivariate analysis to investigate the relationship between reasons given for tattoo removal, gender, and age. The reasons given for tattoo removal were coded into four categories: employment, identity, family and gang related. Out of the intakes reviewed 76 were male and 40 were female with a mean age of 26. The qualitative part of this study consisted of four face to face interviews for which the investigator used an interview guide approach. The interviewees consisted of two men and two women with a mean age of 22. Open ended questions allowed for four themes to emerge from the interviews: youth, reminders, time, and judgment. Both quantitative and qualitative findings supported previous research but they differed from each other. In the context of the field of social work, the results of the study show how tattoo removal can be an integral part of promoting social justice. 2
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Tattoo Removal Out Of The Darkness And Into The Light: Removing Gang Related and Offensive Tattoos A Mixed Methods Study During the past few decades the art of tattooing has seen a dramatic rise in popularity, particularly in Western societies where the reasons for getting a tattoo vary as much as the tattoos themselves (Brown, Perlmutter, & McDermott, 2000). In the United States alone one can see every kind of tattoo from homemade tattoos done in a garage with a safety pin and India ink, to highly detailed, stylized, colorful works of art that cost several thousand dollars and take several sittings to complete. In 1996 tattoo shops were the sixth fastest growing business in the US and it is estimated that approximately 20 million Americans have a tattoo, about 13% of the population (Brown et al., 2000). Given the growing number of people in the US who are getting tattoos it is easy to
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