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Laser Tattoo Removal in Your Favourite TV Shows

4th February 2014

There are many television shows dedicated to getting tattoos rather than having the tattoo removed. However, there are some great examples where sitcoms and dramas do have story lines surrounding laser tattoo removal, see below for our favourite:

How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother is one of the top TV shows in the US and the UK. In season 3, the main character Ted, in an attempt to get over his break-up with Robin, gets a butterfly tattoo on his lower back while intoxicated.

Across a number of episodes, it shows Ted getting laser tattoo removal, giving a great representation of what it's like to receive this treatment. Across his ten sessions, he attempts to woo his doctor, Stella, trying not to show he feels the pain of the laser and using each session to try a new technique to win her over.

Here is a clip of Ted's reaction to the experience of the laser:

Despite the clip being over-exaggerated, it does show the clinical room and gives a good representation of the processes involved.

The Simpsons

It will be a hard job to find someone who hasn't watched at least one episode of The Simpsons. Despite laser tattoo removal only becoming very popular in recent years, it was mentioned on The Simpsons back in the first season in 1989.

Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire was the first ever episode of The Simpsons to air, and is centred on how Homer will not receive a Christmas bonus from work and so the family has to save in order to afford Christmas. Bart decides that the best present he can get his mum is a tattoo on his arm.

Unsurprisingly, she is not as pleased as he expected and the family had to spend what money they had scrimped and saved for the festive period on having the tattoo removed.


Representations of laser tattoo removal in television has elements of fact but if you would like to know the truth about the process and what is involved then go to a specialised clinic. They can tell you all about tattoo removal and tattoo removal cost, helping you to make an informed decision that isn't just based on your favourite shows.

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