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Discount Tattoo Removal Shop Coming to Ballston

by ARLnow.com July 7, 2011 at 10:40 am 5,843 37 Comments

A new discount tattoo removal shop is coming to the corner of Wilson Boulevard and N. Pollard Street in Ballston.

Called “Zap a Tat,” the shop is “a new concept in laser tattoo removal,” according to a help wanted ad on Craigslist. The store will attempt to undercut other tattoo removal services on price, according to the Linked In page of its owner, a Harvard MBA alum.

Zap a Tat will “provide high quality laser tattoo removal at a reasonable price,” according to the Linked In page. “We are testing our concept and will begin roll-out soon thereafter.”

The Ballston storefront, at 820 N. Pollard Street, is “our first retail location,” according to the Craiglist ad.

Tattoo removal is a booming business. About a quarter of the population between the ages of 18 and 50 has at least one tattoo, according to study published in 2006.

Hat tip to Tim J.

  • JamesE

    Finally I can get rid of my tramp stamp.

  • LP

    Hah, this is so needed in the area.

    Would hate to live in that condo building and have “Zap a Tat” on the ground floor. I even know someone who lives in that building…I’m sure property values just plummeted!

  • Josh S

    It’s a weird world we live in….

  • ClarendonBlvd

    Time to get that “Vote for Pedro!” tat finally removed.

  • Bob the butcher

    What’s with chick’s getting writing tattoos on their sides? The last thing I want to do when banging u from behind is read a novel.

    Stolen from a comedian whose name currently slips my mind

  • ClizzleDizzle

    That fits right in with the area that is known as North Arlington’s Camden.

  • 22205

    Too bad they didn’t put this next door to the tattoo place on Lee Highway just west of Glebe.

    They should set up a food-truck-style portable unit for Rolling Thunder.

  • JimPB

    Prevention is better (less expensive, painful) than removal.

  • http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/3/38997149092374726110590.jpg/

    So… You’re saying I have options?

    I don’t know. It was bred for it’s skills in magic.

  • Lou

    Looks like the time has finally come for my men’s club concept called “Tap a Tat”

  • Brad

    I don’t understand, this is several blocks away from Mister Days. Someone didn’t do their homework for the business plan

    • JamesE

      yeah, needs to be placed right between mister days and the ballroom.

  • samsonite

    First the stupid trend comes along, then the people to clean up after it. It’s a double shot for the economy.

    Next up: businesses to dispose of surplus cupcakes and frozen yogurt.

  • Zoning Victim

    “So, why does your tattoo removal laser look like a blowtorch?”

  • Steve

    Gonna be a huge industry in the future getting tattoos removed. Also, given how common they are, the left will demand tha tthe taxpayer pay for it, so it will be even more accessible.

    • ConstantCritic

      will it be covered by ObamaCare?

    • Zoning Victim

      Of course they will; that way they can prove that bad tattoos cost the tax payers money and should be regulated. Then we’ll have to go before a board to request approval of our tattoo design so the newly established Body Modification Commission can ensure that the design doesn’t suck and we can swear/affirm to them an oath that we will love it forever before we can pay the permit fee that offsets the costs of the Body Modification Commissions oversight and allows us to finally go to the shop and get tattooed.

      Of course, we’ll have to establish a Tattoo Suckatude Board of Appeals so that we can appeal the Body Modification Administrators decision in the event that he/she decides that our tattoo drawings suck and we’ll have to charge for that. Naturally, we won’t be able to talk to them to ask for advice without paying the $700 fee, the official hearings will only be held once every six weeks and this board will contain no one who has ever had a tattoo, worked in the tattoo industry or even so much as taken an art class so we can be sure that nobody on it knows what in the hell they’re actually talking about.

      If the zoning procedure for simple building permits is any indication of how expensive the tattoo permit process will be, it should only cost about $2,000 to obtain a permit.

      Well, then somebody will complain about facial tattoos or people with too much of their body tattooed being offensive, which will lead to the Tattoo Zoning Ordinance where we will determine what part of your skin you are allowed to tattoo along with an allowable bulk skin coverage percentage and a cap on the total number of square inches that can be covered. There will be certain extra allowances for people with abnormally small/large appendages and such to ensure that they aren’t cheated out of some tattoo real estate that somebody else got.

      For special cases where the ordinance would rob you of tattooable area you would have had otherwise, you can request a variance from the same Tattoo Suckatude Board of Appeals for the very fair sum of approximately $700 depending on how many of the rules you want to break. You’ll have to show up and present a fully tattooed cadaver of exactly what you are proposing, which will cost exactly the same as getting the tattoos in the first place even though you may never get to actually have the tattoos you’re proposing.

      All of these regulations will be decided over the course of years by a bunch of different committees made up of people whose only qualifications are that they have had skin for a really long time and are friends of the various members of the County Board.

      • Dan


  • Steve

    They could also have skin cancer treatment clinics next to the tanning salons here in Arlington.

    • samsonite

      And reconstructive surgery clinics next to the piercing parlors…

  • Vik

    I saw people doing work in there yesterday and wondered whether something was finally going on. I was really hoping for a convenience store of some kind in that space.

    I’ve heard about this being a booming business, though. It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

    • LP

      There was a convenience store (for a few months) in the bottom of that building, not sure if it’s the same unit that the Zap A Tat is going into, but there was one there.

      It was poorly stocked, lacked any kind of decor or organization. Hence it’s demise.

  • Take it down a notch

    Um, I don’t think I want to go with the discount option anytime someone is using a laser on me.

    • Ceo

      Zap a tat is not a discount remover. We offer the highest quality at a reasonable price. Pay more if you want. We charge a fair price and have the best technology and staff available. We will be open 7:30 am throught 9:00 pm every day except Monday.

      Why pay more or settle for less?

  • KalashniKEV

    I wonder how cheap it is? I would sponsor a chick just to get some of the nasty tribal-style tramp stamps I’ve seen out of existence. (Though I do really like a girl with a lot of well done artwork, the lone, uninspired tribal tatt is just sad and pathetic)

    • JamesE

      I have tribal tats around my biceps bro

      • Steve

        Wow, and I bet you feel unique, just like everyone else.

      • KalashniKEV

        Sweet. You wanna grab a Mick Ultra some night and pick up some skanks? I got a new haircut and I can’t wait to hit C. Ballroom.

        • JamesE

          Jager bombs

          • KalashniKEV


  • Southeast Ben

    I think this place might be my new hangout to meet a bunch of skanks. Once the tramp stamps are removed, they’ll be harder to spot in the Grill, Ballroom, Mister Days, and Spider Kellys.

    Will the people from out west who still fill these above bars frequent this tattoo removal establishment or has education not reached them out there?

    • KalashniKEV

      Spider Kelly’s is for Classy Ho’s… some quality tramp stampage in there!

  • BlueSkies

    Who says Arlington doesn’t have class? And North Arlington, at that.

  • LetsGoCaps

    Good news for Ovi and Green, and convenient, too.

  • Tabby

    Interesting that you’re all focused on this being for women to remove tattoos, and referring to them as skanks, when far more men have them (and especially heinous ones they got years ago).

    Always tatt-free Tabby.

    • KalashniKEV

      There’s a difference between a spring break tramp stamp and the rough looking tatt you get for crossing the equator… or surviving a shipwreck.


  • Hopefully it will still be quality work!


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