A teenage father with a tattoo covering half his face saying DEVAST8 has cried out over his struggle to get a job. 19 year old Mark Cropp, who was recently released from prison, put a plea out on Facebook saying his facial tattoo was stopping him securing employment.
He also said his tattoo which is not gang affiliated- wasn’t planned and was not supposed to be quite as big. He got it a number of months ago while in prison serving a two year and three month sentence in the Otago Correction Facility for aggravated robbery, the NZ Herald reports.
Cropp said he was going through a ‘rough patch’ with people trying to bully him at the time and believed people were more cautious around those with tattoos in prison. He said he’s been told he wouldn’t be employed with “that on his face,” and had people shrug and laugh at him.
Cropp took a selfie, which he posted on Auckland Jobs Facebook page with the description: “Hey im keen as to work but have one thing that is stoping me and thats my tattoo on my face i dont have a cv as of yet but have worked at nz brick distrabuters b4 also a scrap metal yard im 19 years of age and have my lerners license.
Keen as on job or work place that will take me on. I have a cpit qualification in painting and decorateing, Also chainsaw an fencing nzqa throw aggrabusiness. Any questions please ask me.”