Changing Lives (and Getting Paid to Do It): The Life of Laser Manager Ashley May


Have you ever considered a new career path? Maybe something that includes operating a $250,000 laser and changing people’s lives?

No, this isn’t an FBI fever dream. It’s just a day in the life of Ashley May, Laser Manager at our Invisible Ink studio in Atlanta. Besides removing regrets, she’s part-therapist and artist in her own right, talking through people’s experiences and life goals daily. She’s a triple threat.

“I don’t feel like I’m going to work. I feel like I’m hanging out with friends all day, just in 15- to 30-minute increments. It’s crazy, but at the end of the day, even after I’ve been on my feet and rushing around for nine-plus hours… I’m so happy.” 

She’s been at Invisible Ink for three years, helping people lift the shame, regret and/or indifference from their old tattoos every single day. The most common removals? “Definitely exes’ names or anything to do with an ex,” Ashley said. “We see lots of ring tattoos, too; most often these clients work with me because they are in a new relationship and they want to remove any memory of the previous one.” 

Like Billy, whose old tattoo brings up a bad feeling. “Got this tattoo with someone who is no longer in my life,” he said. “I’m ready to move on and embrace a new life without it.” 

Working with Ashley has been nothing but a dream, as he adds, “Not only am I getting my tattoo removed, but I made a new friend in Ashley.” 

At Invisible Ink, our mission is to help people change, skin deep and beyond—tattoos are only the start. Our deep expertise on the industry, removal process and emotional impact of our work creates a single-minded focus on our clients and their lives. “We don’t do any other laser treatments and that sets us apart from a lot of our competitors. We’re specialists at what we do and we take that very seriously,” Ashley said. 

So seriously, in fact, that she’s undergoing some removals of her own. “I, too, am using the PicoWay laser that we use at Invisible Ink. I totally believe in the technology,” she added. Old technology uses heat to burn away the ink, but our technology uses motion to shatter the ink molecules from stones to pebbles to sand.

With over a quarter of the U.S. population currently rocking a tattoo and 40% not ruling one out entirely, Ashley’s job security is real. “The tattoo industry is booming especially with millennials and as a result, the tattoo removal industry is just going to grow.” 

Her son may become a client as well, someday. “I have a 15-year-old son and he and his friends are already discussing tattoos. Some of them are already getting them professionally or are experimenting with stick and pokes.” 
Interested in a life like Ashley’s? We’re hiring! Check out our Careers page to see our open positions and change your life today.


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