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After Kanye West, aka Ye, made anti-Semitic statements and false claims about the murder of George Floyd, a London-based tattoo parlor announced on Instagram that it would remove West-related tattoos for free.
Naama Tattoo parlor said its offer to remove tattoos from the controversial rapper was a “natural extension” of its “second chances” project, which offers free tattoo laser removal to people who want to get rid of certain types of ink — hallway tattoos or that of an ex name. The procedure, which can cost around $2,400 elsewhere, has led several clients to contact Naama about getting their Ye tattoos lasered.
“We understand that tattoos can be a trigger for some people and that not everyone can afford to have their tattoos removed,” the company told The Washington Post in an email Thursday. It noted that one of the people who took up the offer said she was cheated because of her Ye-inspired tattoo.
The shop said several people have been reaching out in recent weeks to have their Ye tattoos lasered – a procedure that can cost up to £2,000 (about $2,400).
Ye was dropped by brands such as Adidas and Gap and banned from his Twitter and Instagram accounts due to his past comments and posts. On Thursday, he appeared on Alex Jones’s infowars wearing a full-head balaclava. He doubled down on his earlier statements, telling Jones, “I love Hitler” and, “Every human being has value they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
Naama told the After that “there are a few former fans with tattoo regrets”, stating that three clients are already in the middle of the tattoo removal process and ten more are ready for consultation. Following Ye’s comments on infowarsthat number seems likely to rise.