Mark Cropp to keep 'DEVAST8' facial tattoo

Mark Cropp got his facial tattoo while drunk in prison.
Mark Cropp got his facial tattoo while drunk in prison. Photo credit: The Project

An ex-inmate whose story of unemployment went global after he took his job search to social media has decided not to follow through with tattoo laser removal, after only one session.

Mark Cropp has the word 'DEVAST8', his nickname, plastered across the lower half of his face. It was inked on by his brother when the pair were drunk on homebrew in prison. Cropp was serving a two-year sentence for pulling a knife on a tourist after trying to sell them fake cannabis.

"Im keen as to work but have one thing that is stoping me and thats my tattoo on my face,[sic]" he said on Facebook in July after his release, prompting dozens of job offers and an offer for free laser tattoo removal by Auckland company Sacred Laser.

Part of the '8' was removed in his first laser session last month, but Sacred Laser have since told NZME Cropp has decided not to return, much to their disappointment.

Cropp is now employed, working night shifts for an Auckland company.

Watch Mark Cropp's interview with The Project on July 17:

Newshub.