Man With ‘DEVAST8’ Face Tattoo Complains He Can’t Find Work

Facebook / Taneia-Mark Ruki-Cropp

A dad from New Zealand who had half of his face tattood with the word ‘DEVEST8’ to scare off prison inmates has revealed he’s finding it hard to get work.

19-year-old, Mark Cropp, recently spent two years in prison where he was serving a sentence for pulling out a knife on a tourist during a drug deal where Cropp was trying to sell fake cannabis.

Weirdly, in jail Cropp found himself in a cell with his brother who convinced him to get the ‘DEVEST8’ tattoo so that other prisoners wouldn’t pick on him, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Facebook / Taneia-Mark Ruki-Cropp

Eventually after drinking a lot of homebrew, Mark decided to go ahead with the idea. And who would’ve thought? Now it’s hindering his chances of finding a job.

Posting to the Auckland job Facebook page, Mark wrote:

Hey im keen as to work but have one thing that is stoping me and thats my tattoo on my face [sic].

Keen as on job or work place that will take me on.

Facebook / Taneia-Mark Ruki-Cropp

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, Mark added:

One employment place said to me: ‘I wouldn’t employ you with that on you face, I wouldn’t even take a second look at you’.

I’ve had other people that just shrugged and laughed at me.

I was over people judging for my facial tattoo… that’s why I made the decision to put that photo on Facebook, to turn around and say ‘I am just a normal human being, you do not have to judge me because of the way I look’.

Personally I do think that Mark should be employed based off his skills and qualifications instead of being simply dismissed – but come on mate, what were you expecting?

Hopefully you can turn yourself around in the near future and get back on the straight and narrow.


Joseph Loftus

Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.