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

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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.


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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.