Would You Hire A Guy That Looked The Way He Does Or Would You Show Him The Door?

A teenage father who claimed he couldn’t get a job because he was inked with a huge ‘DEVAST8’ facial tattoo in prison has now been inundated with offers of work. Mark Cropp, from Auckland, New Zealand was desperate to find a job when he was released from prison but said the amateur tattoo, which covers his cheeks, mouth and chin, put off potential employers.

But since the unemployed 19-year-old, who said his tattoo is so shocking it has nearly caused car crashes in the past, posted about his plight he has been offered jobs in scaffolding and construction despite his criminal convictions. Mark has also been offered laser therapy to remove the tattoo and will have his first session on Tuesday.

Mark Cropp covered half of his face with a tattoo reading 'DEVAST8' while drinking homebrew alcohol in jail

‘I just wanted to get out of prison and work hard and do right by my family so I am really pleased about the job offers I’ve had,’ Cropp said.

Cropp’s tattoo took eight and a half hours to complete in his cell using a homemade tattoo needle made from a straightened spring and an ink made of burnt plastic, toothpaste and water. And the dad-of-one, has now released new images revealing his baby-faced look before he went under the needle.

Mark has also been offered laser therapy to remove the tattoo and will have his first session on Tuesday (pictured right with partner) 

Mark said: ‘It was only supposed to be a little tattoo down the side of my jaw but I got intoxicated. ‘I fell asleep and eight and a half hours later I woke up with this.

‘I completely forgot about it and then when I looked in the mirror I was like ‘holy sh**’ so I have had to live with it from then.

‘When I went into the job centre one day they said ‘we would not even employ you with that ugly thing on your face’. Mark served two years and three months in prison for aggravated robbery aged 17 after he threatened a tourist with a knife during a cannabis deal which went wrong.

The teenage father (pictured with his partner) has taken to social media this week in the hope of finding a job

His brother, who was also his prison cellmate, inked him with the unusual etching while the pair were drunk on homebrew made from fermented apples, bread and sugar.

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