A NEW and unique business is launching in Cockermouth.

Ross Eldridge from the town is opening a tattoo removal business that he can take on the road and to residences across Cumbria.

He is currently covering such areas as Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport, Cockermouth, Keswick, Penrith, Carlisle and all in between.

Ross said: “There is nobody else doing this business in North Cumbria at the moment and it can benefit people greatly as I come to you, instead of people going to a shop, or if they are disabled or have trouble with mobility and transport I can help those people as well.”

Ross’s business is called ‘Rethink My Ink’ and is currently open at standard business hours as well as evenings and weekends if customers are too busy working on weekdays.

Ross joined the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce New Enterprise Allowance Scheme that gives new start-ups the ability to be funded and help make their professions or craftsmanships a legitimate business.

When Ross decided he wanted to do tattoo removal as a profession he wanted to make sure he would be trained properly.

Training in Barrow, Ross became certified by the British Medical Laser Association and The Laser Training Academy, assuring customers there is no better qualified member to remove their tattoos

“I’ve always been fascinated with tattoos,” he said, “and I love working with people and getting to know them.

“I noticed a gap in the market in Cumbria and the opportunity that there is for this sort of thing and that’s why I decided to launch the business.

“These days many people get tattoos removed to get a more modern one in the same place.”

The 50-year-old said his customers have been ‘over the moon’ with the work he has done so far and are surprised by how quick and efficient he is.

Ross hopes to expand his tattoo removal business in the future.

He said: “It would be great to eventually open a shop in Cockermouth so that we have the mobile side to the business and the walk-ins for the shop as well but I need to create a bigger client base first. Offering both aspects to the business would be ideal because there may be some people who want to come to a shop and have that experience whereas there are others who, for instance, can’t for any reason. But we will always have our mobile facility open all hours.”

Follow Ross’s Instagram page and visit his website to book his service: www.rethinkmyink.net/