Vatican Hires Tattoo Remover To Clean Sculptures!!

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Whenever faith and science meet there is always an interesting thing happening and the story of the Vatican and tattoo removal is no different! Of course your first question will probably be why is the Vatican using tattoo removal, and the answer is simple, it's not for a bad tattoo the Pope got while kicking it in Malia but to clean priceless works of art owned by the Papacy.

The Vatican holds countless statues and artworks...many in need of a good clean!
The Vatican holds countless statues and artworks...many in need of a good clean!

An English tattoo removal company, Lynton Lasers, has been hired to remove dirt and grime from Vatican artwork. The Vatican museum had requested tattoo removal equipment as lasers are surprisingly good and cleaning statues! Tattoo removal machines use small pulses of near-infrared laser radiation to clear and remove unwanted particles of dirt by breaking up encrustations of muck like it would tattoo ink on skin, it essentially disperses the dirt! Lynton Lasers were even kind enough to donate one their machines to the Vatican museum for future cleaning use. You see tattooing isn't all that bad, the equipment that removes your ex's name is great for cleaning priceless works of art!

From skin to marble, tattoo lasers aren't only good at erasing regrettable ink!
From skin to marble, tattoo lasers aren't only good at erasing regrettable ink!

Although not everyone may be happy with the use of tattoo related equipment in such a religious context, Leviticus 19-28 isn't exactly thrilled about the prospect of one marking their skin! Then again modern religion is pretty accepting of tattooing, and according to the Catholic Herald tattoos are 'a matter of taste, not morals'. Even the Pope isn't phased by them, in June 2013 he blessed a number of bikers on pilgrimage to Rome and a number of them were heavily tattooed!

Pope Francis blessing a pilgrimage of bikers, many of whom had tattoos!!!
Pope Francis blessing a pilgrimage of bikers, many of whom had tattoos!!!

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@Robert Davies

Tattoodo Staff Writer and tattoo enthusiast. Lover of all things traditional and blackwork!

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