Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Program

Clean Slate helps former gang-affiliated youth and young adults take the final step in dissolving all their past gang ties through offering removal of gang-related tattoos. Having visible gang-related tattoos removed dramatically increases employment opportunities.

Sessions are held once a month. Participants are eligible to receive free job search and educational assistance while they are enrolled in Clean Slate.

In light of the ongoing concerns about COVID-19, and in adherence to Sonoma County’s Shelter in Place protocols, this program is currently on pause. We will update this page when Clean Slate programs resume.

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If you are interested in the program please call  707-532-5627, leave a message and we will return your call within the week.

How long will it take to remove my tattoo?

The number of sessions needed may vary depending upon the color of the tattoo and the depth of the pigment of your tattoo. The average number of sessions are between 8- 12.

Will it hurt?

Most clients have said that it feels like being stung by a dozen rubber bands. While it can be painful, participants all say that the pain is worth it!

Is there a cap or limit to who can receive the treatment?

Clean Slate currently prioritizes tattoo removal to 14-24 year old participants who have visible gang related tattoos that are barriers to employment. Fee for service appointments for adults 25 and older are based on availability.

What is the process to get a tattoo removed?

First, contact Clean Slate at 707-544-3304. After an initial intake process to assess eligibility, sessions are scheduled once per month.

At your first session, you will meet with the doctor to sign an informed consent.  You will be instructed to wear a pair of goggles over your eyes and then the laser technician begins the procedure.  After the procedure, you will be given ice, ointment and after-care instructions. Depending on the size of the tattoo, the procedure can take anywhere from 3-12 minutes. Multiple sessions over several months or years may be needed to fully remove the tattoo.

Who administers the tattoo removal procedure?

A certified laser technician administers the tattoo removal procedure and distributes after care instructions.

How much does it cost to participate?

A one-time fee of $65 is required for each participant aged 14-24, which is our priority age group for this program. Please speak with an SAY staff member if you are unable to afford this fee; other fee options may be available.

For participants aged 25+ it is $75 per session.  Research shows that it would normally cost anywhere from $400- $6000 to have a tattoo removed outside of the Clean Slate program.