A freedom of information request to Bolton Council from laser clinic Laserase Bolton situated in the grounds of the Royal Bolton Hospital shows that the number of tattoo parlours in Bolton has grown from 4 in 2004 to 37 in 2014 – an 825% increase.
The growth of tattoo parlours in Bolton is much more dramatic than in the country as a whole. A report from Experian published last year showed that the number of tattoo parlours nationally grew by 173% over the last decade.
Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, says: “Anyone who knows Bolton will realise that the number of tattoo parlours in the town has rocketed in recent years. Tattoos are very popular these days, but as a consequence of that we are seeing a growing number of people coming to our clinic for tattoo removal.
“This can be for a variety of reasons; it may be because it has been badly drawn (sometimes done by themselves), due to a forthcoming wedding where the bride or groom do not want tattoos on show on their wedding pictures, it may be to remove a name of an ex-partner, to improve job prospects, or because they’ve simply changed their mind about it, but whatever the reason Laserase Bolton can help to safely remove the tattoos.”
Laserase Bolton is the region’s leading laser clinic and has been carrying out laser tattoo removal for over 20 years. It has removed over 10,000 tattoos in all. All of its practitioners are qualified doctors and nurses.
“It is important that anyone thinking of having a tattoo checks out the tattoo parlour first,” says Julie. “As well as checking that it is registered with the local Council, make sure it looks clean and displays a health and safety certificate; check if they are a member of a recognised tattoo trade organisation and, if you know anyone with tattoos, why not get a recommendation from them first, or ask the parlour for customer testimonials.
“Of course it also makes sense to check out the artist’s portfolio, to make sure you are happy with their work.”