SAN DIEGO, CA -DEC. 20, 2015 – Chargers season ticket holder Rudy Ortega shows off his bolts tattoos in the parking lot at Qualcomm Stadium before the Dolphins game. (K.C. Alfred/ San Diego Union-Tribune) — K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune
SAN DIEGO, CA -DEC. 20, 2015 – Chargers season ticket holder Rudy Ortega shows off his bolts tattoos in the parking lot at Qualcomm Stadium before the Dolphins game. (K.C. Alfred/ San Diego Union-Tribune) A small tattoo parlor in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood does not specialize in ink removal, but for a moment, it forgave the fact. One of its artists felt inspired last Wednesday evening and, from the backroom, retrieved a wood-grip handsaw with a 2-foot-long, tooth-edged blade.
He sketched a message onto the blade in mechanical pencil. He then traced over it in red-orange colored pencil.
Finest Tattoo & Art Company is building a new office decoration, which it’ll paint and display if events dictate.
“Free Chargers tattoo removal,” the saw blade reads.Local tattoo artists estimate that thousands of San Diego residents have at least one Chargers-logo tattoo. While many will keep theirs unaltered should the team relocate to Los Angeles this week, not all say they will. Various parlors and tattoo removal clinics are prepared to accommodate the latter group.A saw won’t do.There are more acceptable methods to address a Chargers tat that seems tainted to its owner.Michael Speaker, manager of Tattoo Laser Removal Clinic, a medical corporation in San Diego, specializes in the business of regret. While he hopes the Chargers do not relocate, he called it “inevitable” for business to increase in the event they do.“There are so many things that people want off of them: exes’ names, fairies, skulls, job-stopper tattoos, which are in the neck and hands,” Speaker said. “There’s plenty of regret out there. … Whether it’s an ex-wife or an ex-team, we take it off. That’s […]