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gash tattoo's

The LMA on our tour of the far flung was a keen amateur photographer, during one of his stints in Haslar he took photographs for a surgeon who specialised in removing tats. No lasers in them days so the the method was basically a progression of cut and shuts. This involved pinching the flesh and slicing it out and stitching it back together, this was done several times until the tat was removed leaving a scar. His photo album was quite interesting especially the ones which showed the tattoo half removed. From what I remember the only areas of the body worked on were those that couldn’t be covered by clothing. Mainly the backs of hands, the docs album was probably what put me off tats for life.
It would have put me off.
Haslar not the best place for aesthetic surgery. I had an op on my hands early 70’s there! I can still see the scars today! (PS op wasn’t tat related). Warts. They cut a hole wher wart was then stuck what can only be called a soldering iron into the wound. Quarterisation they called it!! Butchery by any other name.
Never liked naval doctors after that.
 
If anyone takes the biscuit for gash tats it’s the brown jobs, having worked with quite a few of them over the years the only people who beat them were jail birds. A good few of the ones I met seemed to think a bottle of Indian ink coupled with a sharpened paper clip was the way to go. Probably made a refreshing change from endlessly bulling their boots.
Another example was the guy with a cross on his forehead which looked self done. On meeting him he looked like the guy portrayed by Jim Carrie in the movie “Dumb and Dumber” except his fringe came down to his eyebrows, hence you only got a fleeting glimpse of the masterpiece. Universally known in the firm as the man with a cross on his head.
 
If anyone takes the biscuit for gash tats it’s the brown jobs, having worked with quite a few of them over the years the only people who beat them were jail birds. A good few of the ones I met seemed to think a bottle of Indian ink coupled with a sharpened paper clip was the way to go. Probably made a refreshing change from endlessly bulling their boots.
Another example was the guy with a cross on his forehead which looked self done. On meeting him he looked like the guy portrayed by Jim Carrie in the movie “Dumb and Dumber” except his fringe came down to his eyebrows, hence you only got a fleeting glimpse of the masterpiece. Universally known in the firm as the man with a cross on his head.
Which inevitably reminds me of the disenchanted young sailor who had "I hate the Navy" tattooed.....on his forehead, smack bang below his cap tally..... No 1 wanted him to have his leave stopped immediately, but my view was to let him keep the tattoo and see what happened, so off he went ashore only to return very soon after being laughed out of every pub in Queen Street, begging to have it removed.

Having been duly photographed by the consultant dermatologist at Haslar, who kept a record of all such oddities, the removal was very painfully undertaken during unpaid leave but, when the young man returned on board and off we went to sunny climes, the words "I hate the Navy" duly reappeared, albeit faintly, but greatly to his subsequent long-lasting regret, a feeling I suspect so many others must share.

Jack
 

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