We head to Los Angeles where Homeboy Industries has started a program to help former gang members remove their visible tattoos, a step towards helping them change the direction of their lives.
photo credit: Homeboy Industries
Often the first step in leaving gang life is to recognize that gang-related tattoos are unwelcome in the work place. At Homeboy, tattoo removal is a free service provided to trainees and walk-in community clients.
At Homeboy, laser tattoo removal is provided to individuals whether enrolled in the Homeboy program or walk-in community clients.
This has proven to be a critical service for former gang members because the majority possesses visible tattoos – a physical obstacle that makes it difficult for them to obtain secure employment