Sunday 25 February 2018

'I've had people that just laughed at me' - Man (19) says 'Devast8' facial tattoo has held him back in career

Mark Cropp's image went viral after he shared his story on Auckland Job page on Facebook. Photo via Facebook
Mark Cropp's image went viral after he shared his story on Auckland Job page on Facebook. Photo via Facebook Newsdesk Newsdesk

A New Zealand man said he did not anticipate the impact a facial tattoo would have on his life, before making the decision to get inked.

Earlier this week, Auckland man Mark Cropp took to Facebook to speak about his lack of job opportunities and said employers often judge him on his facial tattoo, which reads 'devast8'.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, Cropp said employers were reluctant to hire him, based on stereotypes associated with tattoos, and felt as though his facial tattoo was holding him back.

"One employment place said to me, 'I wouldn't employ you with that on you face, I wouldn't even take a second look at you.'

"I've had other people that just shrugged and laughed at me."

Cropp (19) said his social media post on the Auckland job Facebook page was an effort to show that he was a "normal human being", despite preconceptions about people with tattoos.

"I was over people judging for my facial tattoo... that's why I made the decision to put that photo on Facebook, to turn around and say 'I am just a normal human being, you do not have to judge me because of the way I look'."

Since the original post, Cropp's photographs have received attention internationally, and several employers in New Zealand have offered the 19-year-old the opportunity to work with them.

Cropp has also been inundated with offers of laser tattoo removal from several clinics, which he said he is considering.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, Cropp said: "It's become a part of me but if it means that I have to part with it to be able to get a job and become who I want to be then I'm going to have to part with it.

"I've had a lot of job offers, I've had people wanting to help me start up my own blog to help me through my journey. I've got one potential job there I just need to get my Site Safe for and from there I'm pretty much looking to going to start there as soon as possible. There's a whole lot I've been offered."

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