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Updated Nov 9, 2012 - 8:29 am

Erase part of past with tattoo removal

Having a particular tattoo may be regrettable later in life but this weekend in Phoenix that marking can become nothing but a memory.

The Delete Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon is having its second annual Deleteathon Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The first session is free.

Customers can have appetizers and cocktails while they get a facial, B-12 shot or tattoo removal treatment.

The American Society of Dermatological Surgery said over 50 percent of people with a tattoo eventually get them removed.

Dr. Jen Mundt will be removing the tattoos. The machine that helps her do the job is the Candela Alex Elite Laser.

"I use this for all of my tattoo removals," she said. "It basically just hits the patient's ink, and blows it into little pieces so their body can absorb it."

Mundt said her job keeps her busy.

One customer sticks out in her mind. "I did have a wife who had a husband who had a different woman's name on his left ring finger," Mundt said.

"She was actually OK with it, but he felt bad. He was just like ‘That's it -- it's going.' "

Tattoo removals usually take several treatments. Mundt said it can cost anywhere from $75 to $200 per treatment.

Appointments are recommended for Saturday.

About the Author


Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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