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Some regret getting tattoosUPDATED 7:36 PM HST Aug 03, 2013Video Transcript
There's a tattoo expo in town... but not everyone is celebrating their ink. KITV4's Justin Fujioka explains. Step into the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall this weekend and there's no way you can't see one. Tattoos on legs ... Art on arms... And in some cases, ink everywhere. But some here, don't want some of their nearly-permanent designs on display. Craig Keahi: "IT'S KIND OF SHAME. BAD CHOICES AND DECISIONS IN LIFE AND LATER ON, REGRETTING HAVING TO PUT THOSE TATTOOS ON ME." Craig Keahi hides these tats with a sleeve. He says it's too costly to get them laser removed and that he'll likely cover them with other tattoos. In his case, he blames himself... but Malice Wright says she blames her artist for her regretful art. Malice Wright: "THAT'S WHEN I LEARNED THAT YOU NEED TO LOOK THROUGH THE PORTFOLIOS AND TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN TATTOOED BY THAT ARTIST AND SEE, SEE WORK THAT THEY'VE ALREADY DONE." Work that this soldier says should be well-thought out and meaningful. PFC Steven DiMartino: "EVERY ONE YOU GET IS SIGNIFICANT. IT ALWAYS MEANS SOMETHING TO YOU." And always goes with you. Malice Wright: "ANYONE WHO GETS HEAVILY TATTOOED, YOU KNOW, YOU DO RUN THAT RISK OF ANY KIND OF LIKE CORPORATE JOB FIELD. MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT CAN GET AWAY WITH LIKE BEING HEAVILY TATTOOED ARE, HAVE A SKILLED TRADE OR WORK FOR THEMSELVES." PFC Steven DiMartino: "YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE STILL HAVE THAT BIAS OPINION, BUT I THINK MORE AND MORE AS TIME GOES ON, WE GET A LITTLE BIT MORE LIBERAL. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE RELAX ABOUT IT A LITTLE BIT. SO HOPEFULLY ONE DAY YOU KNOW, TATTOOS WILL BE, YOU KNOW, JUST LIKE PIERCINGS." Craig Keahi: "IF YOU DO GET A TATTOO, MAKE A HEALTHY CHOICE AND DECISION. HAVE MEANING IN IT AND YEAH, JUST MAKE WISE CHOICES AND DECISIONS IN GETTING INKED." Justin Fujioka, KITV4 News. The Pacific Ink and Art Expo goes until 10:00 P-M tonight and continues tomorrow from noon to 8:00 P-M at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.