Photos of Mark Cropp, a 19-year-old from New Zealand, before he acquired a face tattoo while in jail, have gained attention online. Cropp, who struggled to find employment due to the prominent “DEVAST8” tattoo across his jaw, received a flood of job offers after making a plea on Facebook.
Cropp’s tattoo, initially meant to appear small, became a full facial tattoo during his time in jail. The tattoo was inspired by his nickname and represented a troubled past marked by destructive behavior. Despite its origins, Cropp’s partner has come to accept and even appreciate the tattoo’s significance.
Uninked photos of Cropp as a clean-cut young man have emerged, portraying a stark contrast to his tattooed appearance.
Although numerous job offers have come his way, Cropp has not yet accepted a position. He cited the need for transportation as a hurdle, as many job opportunities require a car.
Cropp has plans to remove the face tattoo, recognizing that it is a step toward a better future. Reflecting on his criminal history and the circumstances that led him astray, he is determined to be a positive influence for his family and overcome the judgment associated with facial tattoos.