Mark Cropp to keep his world famous 'DEVAST8' facial tattoo afterall

A Kiwi man who found global fame after complaining he couldn't get a job because he has 'DEVAST8' tattooed across his face has now given up getting the marking removed.

Mark Cropp got his nickname 'DEVAST8' tattooed on his face by his brother while they shared a prison cell. Mark was doing time for aggravated robbery.

He took to Facebook saying he couldn't get a job because of the tattoo.

His plight made him a media sensation last month, and he took up an offer from an Auckland tattooist to remove the design for free.

Earlier this week, Mr Cropp told the New Zealand Herald he had a job so had put the removal on hold.

The NZ Herald reports today that the tattoo company, Sacred Laser, has said Mr Cropp had rejected their offer and wouldn't be having further sessions, but their offer to remove it for free still stood if he changed his mind.

Mr Cropp has this afternoon told the NZ Herald through his partner, he "doesn't want any more [of the tattoo] removed as he just wanted a job", and now that he has one, he wants to stay out of the media.

The attention he attracted last month included an expletive-laden attack by American actor Michael Rapaport in a video posted on Twitter, describing Mr Cropp as "dumb, dizzy" and "bananas" for getting the tattoo.

"The only thing you devastated was your life," Rapaport said.