There are some circumstances that go beyond tattoo regret. When tattoos are tied to a negative part of life or associated with poor life choices, removing them can be significant of a fresh start or a second chance at life. This series of blog posts will focus on situations in which laser tattoo removal can play a role in a new phase in life. This post will discuss tattoos and gang members.
In the later part of the 1980s, Rev. Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest, became disheartened and concerned by the number of young people dying from gang related violence in his neighborhood. As a response to the gang violence, Rev. Greg started up a charity organization called Homeboy Industries, which provides support, hope and direction for thousands of formerly involved gang members or men and women coming out of incarceration. Part of the rehabilitation program involves laser tattoo removal.
The laser tattoo program started simply. A doctor who owned a laser tattoo machine would donate one hour of his time each a week to the charity. The word spread quickly and the waiting list soon grew to over 3,000. Many former gang members had a desire to remove their tattoos and cut ties with their past.
Tattoos are prominent in gangs for many reasons, the most common being that they indicate membership. Gang related tattoos are often unrecognizable to outsiders, but help others identify fellow members and prevents straying from the group. As long as they are marked with the symbol, the hopes of rebuilding a new life are slight. Thankfully laser tattoo removal offers those who have gang related tattoos a second chance.
Whatever the reason for seeking laser tattoo removal – please know that a fresh start is possible with laser tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal is safe, affordable and effective. Call us today for your free consultation!