A London-based tattoo salon is offering free removal of Kanye West tattoos, following the rapper’s bombshell interview with Alex Jones last week.
In the wake of the controversial segment, the London-based ‘NAAMA’ tattoo saloon has informed customers that it will remove ink inspired by the rapper for free, on the basis that tattoo recipients “can never predict the future and how that might affect your view of your tattoo,” the salon said.
So far, three people with Kanye West-related tattoos have begun the laser removal process, which can take up to 12 sessions and cost as much as $3,500 collectively.
Ten additional customers have booked in to begin their tattoo removal treatment, with NAAMA CEO Briony Garbett saying the appointments prove that “there are a few former fans with tattoo regret.” One such fan, Garbett recalled, was the subject of online trolling due to his West tattoo.
“When you have a tattoo inspired by someone you admire and they start making headlines for all the wrong reasons, it’s not exactly something you want to wear on your sleeve that you are or were a fan,” Garbett said. “With that in mind, we wanted to come to the aid of those who are embarrassed about their Kanye West inspired tattoos and are offering complimentary treatment for all UK fans that want them removed.”
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The Kanye West initiative was launched as an offshoot of NAAMA’s existing ‘Second Chances’ project, which likewise offers free tattoo removal for those inked with gang tattoos, hate symbols, or other traumatic or triggering symbols. It comes as West’s public controversies continue to embroil the rapper, whose Twitter was banned by Elon Musk over the weekend over “incitement to violence”, following his posting of a swastika on the site.
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West’s controversial behaviour can be traced back to his decision to wear a ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt at Paris Fashion Week in early October. Since then, he’s had his social media channels banned, released a pornographic documentary, been the recipient of a request for $1 billion, shared explicit photos of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and had his accounts frozen by the IRS due to a $50 million tax debt.
“Well, I see good things about Hitler also.” -Ye pic.twitter.com/BdUj7tQXlL
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) December 1, 2022