Research seems to show that there are more people wanting a tattoo and who don’t get one than the actual tattooed population. We know the reason. A tattoo is supposed to be a life commitment, and tattoo wishers are afraid to make one. All over the world, just as the number of people sporting tattoos has soared in the past decade, so has membership in another group: people who want their bodywork removed. But laser tattoo removal is painful, expensive (from $1,000 for a simple black & white to more than $5000 for a multi colored one), time consuming (12 laser treatments is an average) and may not do the job correctly & completely. So, from a pure marketing standpoint it makes sense that ink companies spend a lot of money researching removable tattoo ink. A company founded by doctors says it will begin selling such ink early next year. The ink is applied just as with any tattoo, and will remain in place as long as desired. But if the owner later decides that the artwork has to go, it can be removed fully and safely with a single laser treatment. You know how things can happen: Your body was telling the world that you were forever with Laura, but now she is gone with your best friend. Or all of a sudden you are scared by snakes and you can no more live with the big cobra on your chest. The founders of the New York company Freedom-2 LLC say that their goal is to help those who have come to regret decorating their bodies. And supporters say the technology will create an expanded market for body art since consumers can be now assured that the tattoo will come off easily, in one session, for a reasonable price. So, I called 3 tattoos artists that I consider some of the best in the business. More or less, they had the same reaction of skepticism. Good inks are made to last and they will not work with an inferior quality ink, and I agree. And if a client comes requesting only a temporary tattoo they will probably try to discourage this person to get one, and I agree again. I really think that true tattoo artists never think about tattoo removal and will not want to think about it. For them, a tattoo is a commitment and should be forever. Your thoughts?