Mark Wahlberg has decided to undergo tattoo removal of his half dozen, or so, tattoos and is making it a family affair, bringing along his children to dissuade them from getting inked.
I don't want my kids getting tattoos, Wahlberg said of his children: Ella Rae, 8, and Michael, 5, on the Today show. I've taken my two older kids to the procedure so they see how painful it is and what I have to go through.
Earlier this year, Wahlberg said that he was in the process of having his known tattoos -- a Sylvester the cat and Tweety Bird on his ankle, MW with his surname on his right arm, Bob Marley tattoo and One Love on his left arm, a rosary around his neck with a crucifix and In God I Trust resting over his heart - removed, but much delayed.
I wanted them to be [removed] by the time I did 'The Fighter' because putting make-up on and covering them up has always been a pain in the butt, he said.
While the tattoos have been a burden for the actor over the years, he does not regret them.
[All the tattoos] have meaning to me, but it's both personal and professional, Wahlberg said.
Also a father to two other children, Brendan Joseph, 3, and Grace Margaret, 2, with wife Rhea Durham, Wahlberg said he doesn't even want his children to consider the acting business, though he will concede if it's what they want.
I don't want my kids to be in the entertainment business either, which is why I'm trying to build a lot of [separate] businesses, Wahlberg said. If they feel [passionate about acting], and that's the decision they want to make, then I'll support them. But I'll do everything I can to point them in another direction.
Mark Wahlberg isn't the only celebrity to undergo tattoo removal. Here are eight other celebrities who rid of the ink.