After his fervent need for employment went viral, the adolescent parent with “DEVAST8” tattooed all over his face is “waiting for the right job offer” and has disclosed that he will be having the jailhouse ink laser removed.
Mark Cropp, a 19-year-old from New Zealand, begged on social media on Wednesday afternoon for someone to give him a chance at work despite his criminal record and extensive facial tattoos.
After receiving numerous employment offers in a matter of hours, he declared that he had “stopped counting when he reached 45.”
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Mark ‘Devast8’ Cropp (pictured) has revealed that he has turned down 45 job offers since his story went viral
The 19-year-old, whose face tattoos were keeping him from getting a job, took to social media to vent his anguish.
He claimed, however, that he still hadn’t “done a day’s work” to Daily Mail Australia.
He remarked, “I’m just waiting for the right one to happen.”
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“My partner was devastated when I taped a picture of my face to the inside of an envelope a week before I left, but now she loves it and can’t see me without it,” the woman said. Cropp (shown on the right) stated
A man with a DEVAST8 tattoo talks about his job search efforts.
“I am currently arranging a time to have it removed, which is unfortunate as it will cause pain,” he remarked.
Additionally, it is difficult for me to decide whether to get rid of this tattoo because it has special meaning for me and was done by my brother.
However, I am aware that it is best for me in the long run, and I want to be a person who my family can look to for support.’
The artwork was designed to make him ‘look tough’ when he landed in jail following a long string of violent behaviour.
This image shows Cropp (pictured) before the face tattoo which made him go viral on social media
‘And because, you know, this tattoo means something to me and my brother did it for me so it is hard to make the decision to get rid of it.’ he said
Mark and girlfriend Taneia Ruki got together a year before he was sent to prison
It was meant to be a ‘little one along the jawline,’ but the pair got carried away after drinking home brew made from fermented apples, sugar and bread.
‘I went into jail with four tattoos and I came out with a full body suit,’ he said.
But the face tattoo was the biggest shock to his family.
‘A week before I got out I taped a picture of my face to the inside of an envelope so my partner could see it – she was devastated – but now she likes it and can’t see me without it.’
DEVAST8 happens to be the 19-year-old’s nickname.
Mark Cropp (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia he is still waiting for the right job to come along
Cropp (pictured) says the face tattoo was supposed to be small but he and his brother got carried away after drinking homebrew
‘I was going through a rough patch’: Teen with DEVAST8 jail tattoo
‘I would end up devastating everyone I met or got close to.
‘They would be disappointed with something I had done or said – I was always hearing “that’s devastating”,’ he said.
But he hopes the devastating chapters of his life are over – erased along with the ink on his face.
‘I have learnt from my mistake,’ he said.
‘I still don’t think people should be judged by the tattoos on their face – but I know it will keep happening unless I do something about it.’
Before his final desperate plea on Facebook the teenager said people had ‘laughed in (his) face’ when he had asked for work.
The tattoo was drawn with a homemade gun which used a needle made from the spring of a pen and powered by a cassette player.
Plastic knives and forks are burnt to a black plastic powder and mixed with toothpaste and water to create the ink.
The teenager has been out of jail for two weeks.
Mark has also been offered laser therapy to remove the tattoo and will have his first session on Tuesday (pictured right with partner)
After spending two weeks out of jail, the New Zealander (pictured) claims to have learned from his error.