Just over two years ago, Jesus Bujanda and his family had an ingenious business idea after learning about the difficulties of having gang tattoos from a close relative: a mobile tattoo removal service. Seeing the lack of laser removal and the high demand for such services in Denver, Colorado, they purchased an ambulance and refitted it with the appropriate equipment and got to work. Since then, their operation has grown to the extent that they've even opened up a clinic, and they've helped dozens of individuals reclaim their bodies as well as a better quality of life.
Bujanda reached out to the State of Colorado and asked to work with juvenile offenders at nearby facilities, and this is now the bulk of the work he does other than servicing Denver locals. “This has been life-changing for many of the people that I have worked with because under normal circumstances, it is still quite an expensive process,” said Bujanda in an interview with Denver 7. “There are so many people that want to leave the past in the past, but they have a reminder and that is not who they are now.” Because he realizes the many impediments that ex-gang members and released prisoners face in life in general, he performs laser removal at the most affordable rates possible.
Thus far, Bujanda has removed tattoos on all sorts of individuals from many walks of life. “When I first meet them, they are embarrassed to show me [their tattoos] — especially when I’m Hispanic and they want swastikas removed,” Bujanda said. “My answer is always the same: ‘I’m not here to judge, I’m here to help.’”
Bujanda understands that tattoo removal is about new beginnings, about restarting when everything makes it seem like there is no going back, and this tolerant perspective, alongside hard work on the behalf of his entire family, is what has enabled his business to flourish and help so many people. “Throughout this entire journey, my wife, my kids and my family have been extremely supportive and I couldn’t have done this without them,” he said. “This is truly a family affair.”
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