On July 10, a pair of tattooed tattoos on the backs of each arm and back of the neck were removed from the backside of a 27-year-old man by a tattoo artist.
Tattoo artist Joshua Eubanks removed the two tattoos on each side of the man’s neck on Wednesday night, after receiving a tip from a person who saw the tattoo on the front of the victim’s neck.
The tattoos were removed with a scalpel.
The man was taken to a local hospital and has since been released.
Eubank told CBS News on Thursday that the tattoo was removed as a precautionary measure.
“The reason why we do this is because you can’t really get a tattooed backside with that much sun on it,” Eubats said.
“It’s not really sunburn, it’s just a bit of a sunburn.
It’s pretty mild, but not quite enough to be dangerous.”
Eubanks said the tattoo removal was part of a plan to get people talking about the importance of wearing sunscreen.
“We’re trying to push people to talk about it, and if they do want to do that, they can do it by wearing sunscreen,” EUBanks said.
The tattoo removal will be part of an ongoing project to get more people to wear sunscreen and not be as worried about getting sunburn as they might be.
“They’re going to be in the sun for longer periods of time, so you want to wear your sunscreen to avoid getting sunstroke,” Eubeks said.
According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, approximately 15 percent of people have back or neck sunburn in their lifetime.
In addition to the back and neck tattoo removal, Eubits said the artist will be getting the man to sign a statement to that effect.
“I’m going to do what I can to make sure that this doesn’t happen again,” Eutanks said, “because it’s not the right thing to do.”