ANew Zealand teenager who complained his large DEVAST8 face tattoo was hampering his employment prospects has finally landed a job.
Mark Cropp’s photo was shared around the world after he admitted on social media the tattoo was a drunken mistake from his time in prison and he was devastated with the results.
However, the former prison inmate made more headlines after revealing he had turned down 45 job offers, saying he was “waiting for the right one”.
Now the 19-year-old father is ready to start work after accepting a job offer near his home in Auckland.
“Mark has accepted a local scaffolding job,” his girlfriend, Taneia Ruki, told Daily Mail Australia.
“He could be starting as early as Monday. We are all still locking in the starting day.”
On rejecting dozens of job offers, she added: “Most of those were outside New Zealand, so they weren’t on the cards.”
Meanwhile, tattoo laser removal company Sacred Laser has offered to remove the DEVAST8 lettering from his face for free.
It will take between eight and 12 sessions to completely remove the facial inking, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Mr Cropp posted a job appeal on Facebook earlier this month after being turned away by several recruitment agencies over his appearance.
“I’m keen as to work but have one thing that is stopping me and that’s my tattoo on my face,” he wrote.
“I don’t have a CV as of yet but have worked at NZ brick distributors before, also a scrap metal yard … Keen as on job or work place that will take me on.”