Cancer survivor left with permanent blue scalp after fake hair tattoo goes wrong

A cancer survivor has revealed how he was left with a blue scalp after claiming a tattooist botched a fake hair cover up.

Marcus Miller was left with permanent hair loss after undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatment for testicular cancer.

The dad-of-two, from Harthill in Lanarkshire, was left battling depression and low self-esteem and turned to a tattooist for help.

But having hoped the treatment would improve his look it instead left him in an even worse state, reports the Daily Record .

He says he was charged £250 to create a black stubble effect all over his head in a series of excruciatingly painful sittings.

Unfortunately, he says the tattooist botched the job and he was left with a dark blue, full-head tattoo that he says left him unable to leave the house.

He said “It’s been a total nightmare from start to finish. First, I had to deal with the cancer, then I had to get used to my hair loss and to top it off, the terrible tattoo.

“It has left me really low and depressed. I can’t go anywhere now without a hat and I am conscious of my blue head everywhere I go.

“I even had to wear a tammy to some of my friends’ funerals. It’s been terrible.”

And he added: “When someone pointed out her initial on the tattoo I was even more angry. It was like she has branded me.”

In the past two years, desperate Marcus has spent £1,500 on two specialist wigs to hide the tattoo.

But earlier this year his luck changed when he met Stevie Barry, boss of Laser Tattoo Removal Scotland, who promised to help.

Stevie has offered his services for free to try to remove or alter the tattoo and improve Marcus’s quality of life.

Stevie told us: “When I heard Marcus’ story I knew I had to do something to help. He has been through so much – this is the last thing he needed. The tattoo is one of the worst we’ve ever seen.

“Laser removal treatments can be pretty painful on the scalp, so we’re trying to treat his tattoo in stages.

“We’re making a difference to it but it’s going to take a few more sessions.”

Stevie has put Marcus in touch with award-winning company Skulltec in Glasgow.

Experts there use micro needles to layer pigment dots on a scalp in a process that resembles getting a tattoo.

The treatment creates the illusion of a full head of shaved hair, similar to multiple tiny tattoos.

Jen Watkins, who ran Jezebelle Ink, in Armadale, West Lothian, refused to discuss the tattoo when approached by the Daily Record.

But her husband sent a series of text messages to the paper about the inking.

He claimed Marcus has not contacted her to complain about his head tattoo and that she has now retired from her job due to ill health.

He said: “If a client is unhappy with a tattoo they are able to make a claim via the insurance of the shop.

“Also, when you consent to a tattoo, you give your written acknowledgment that ink can change and discolour and react.

“And that being the case, all studios are required to have insurance to cover any such eventualities.

“Jen’s studio had impeccable records from environmental health and from regular inspections. She retired from tattooing due to chronic illness.”

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