One Tattoo At a Time, One Doctor’s Quest to Erase the Past


Dr. David Ores in front of his Lower East Side office.

[two_third] [pullquote]By Susan Armitage, with additional reporting by Mary Eileen Croke[/pullquote] From the New York Bureau:Dr. David Ores doesn’t think he’s doing anything revolutionary.

But in the Lower East Side office where Falkor, the doctor’s dog — “one-third unicorn, one-third crocodile, one-third Cuisinart” — roams freely and a cattle skull adorns the reception wall, Ores helps people start over. Or he did, until recently.

Using a medical laser, Ores erases teardrops, swastikas and other unwanted gang and prison tattoos from people’s hands, faces and necks, all for free. His patients range in age from 20s to 60s, but many started getting in trouble — and got the ink to prove it — in their teens. And as they work to piece new lives together, Ores’ patients often find their tattoos stand in the way of landing a decent job.
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