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Celebrating Our 14 Year Anniversary in 2013!
Lou’s in Heaven - A true story of one of our clients
Lou is one of our oldest male patients. He had classic Navy tattoos put on both forearms in the early 1960’s while serving in Vietnam. Upon returning home he married his high school sweet heart Etta, and resumed attending his church. The priest noticed Lou’s tattoos, took him aside and scolded him for desecrating his body. He said that Lou should be ashamed of himself, that the tattoos were very offensive, against the will of God and the church. He finished with, “people will not be comfortable around you.”
Understand that Lou had just returned from 12 months of hell, patrolling the inland rivers of Vietnam. Lou went home in tears. The words of the priest burned into his mind. He felt ashamed of his tattoos now, and did not want to offend anyone. After being in war, he just wanted peace.
Lou became a mailman and walked a route in Pacific Beach, San Diego. Even on the hottest days in the tropical sun he wore long sleeves. For the next 30 plus years no one, except his wife, saw his tattooed arms. Remember, he did not want to offend anyone. Lou visited the Tattoo Removal Laser Clinic in 2000 with his wife Etta. He told me that he wanted his tattoos off before he died. “The priest told me I may not get into heaven with tattoos.”
After 7 laser treatments his arms were clear and for the first time in years he could play golf and attend church wearing short sleeves. Etta tells me that he swings his bare arms, “like he’s leading a parade,” on their daily walks.
Lou and Etta are part of the greatest generation in the history of America. If there is a heaven, I am sure they both will be there. I am not so sure about the priest. This may not be our best work, but it may be our most appreciated.