Yes, laser tattoo removal can be performed on people of color. Because both hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation are possible, your doctor will most likely proceed more conservatively in order to minimize the risk. This usually means that more sessions will be necessary, and total removal may not be possible if the ink color is too close to the skin color.
Darker-skinned people also tend to be more prone to forming keloid scars. People prone to keloids are generally not good candidates for laser tattoo removal. If you fear you might be prone to forming keloids, you should ask your doctor to perform a small test patch in an inconspicuous area before proceeding with laser tattoo removal.
Interview with Will Kirby, DO, FACOS - Los Angeles, CA - conducted on November 19, 2008
Laser Treatment of Tattoos in Darkly Pigmented Patients: Efficacy and Side Effects; Joop M. Grevelink, Daniella Duke, Robert L. van Leeuwen, Ernesto Gonzalez, Susan D. DeCoste and R. Rox Anderson; Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Volume 34, Issue 4, April 1996, Pages 653-656