UK Studio Helps Ye’s Former Fans Get Rid of Their Kanye West Tattoos – Arts & Culture | Daily News Byte

UK Studio Helps Ye’s Former Fans Get Rid of Their Kanye West Tattoos – Arts & Culture

 | Daily News Byte


Kimberly Westgarth says she was so upset by Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic comments that she is removing her tattoo.

Two years ago, the 24-year-old architecture student inked her upper left arm with an image of Kanye West’s face, tears of blood from his eyes.

“I loved his music and I loved him as a person at the time. I loved what he stood for, how he stuck up for the bipolar community,” she said AFP. “At the time I idolized it but obviously people change, so I want to get it off my skin.”

West, now known as Ye, sparked outrage earlier this month by revealing his “love” of Nazis and admiration for Adolf Hitler. His hours-long appearance with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on the latter’s Infowars livestream saw him quit Twitter.

It was the latest in a series of anti-Semitic comments that have seen the one-time titan’s fashion and music business ties crumble.

For Westgarth, the comments hit home hard, as his best friend is Jewish.

But she is not spending a single penny to get her tattoo removed. NAAMA Studios in London’s upmarket Marylebone district is doing it for free. He offers her 12 sessions of laser treatment over a year under a special program called “Second Chance”.

A painful past

The initiative was established to provide free removal of tattoos that are constant reminders of a person’s painful past. It could be a tattoo about gang membership, a stint in prison, a toxic relationship, or symbols of hate.

It has now been extended to include Kanye West’s people. Already about 100 people have been in contact with NAAMA Studios through their website, owner Melina Lawson said. Two people have been selected and are undergoing treatment, she added.

“It’s a journey for the client, especially with any history on their tattoo, especially if you don’t like the tattoo or what it represents to you,” Lawson said.

“It can be a little sensitive for the client but as they go through the treatment, they start to change themselves. They can see that it’s actually being overcome. They can be something else.”

The total cost of tattoo removal averages £2000 ($2400) but varies according to the size of the ink and the number of sessions required. But the social impact of removal and the positivity it can bring to clients is “much bigger” than the money, Lawson said.

“I was very happy,” Westgarth said. “I’ve been looking for it to be removed for about a few months now and everywhere was too expensive. So when I saw this opportunity, I jumped at it. And to get it for free – I can’t thank them enough.


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