New Skin - Removing Evidence of Past Life

NEW SKIN

Two former gang members decide to endure the painful process of removing tattoos they both once wore with pride. Santa Rosa, California.

New Skin - Removing Evidence of Past Life

"At night I was talking to God and I said, God I don't want to have this on my body anymore."

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"Getting my first tattoo just felt good. Like getting a job promotion or like graduating from college."

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"I called a couple of friends and said, hey man, I got a 13 blasted on my arms."

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© erik castro

New Skin - Removing Evidence of Past Life

"My dad said, why did you get the S and R, we know you're from Santa Rosa."

New Skin - Removing Evidence of Past Life

"I would look at their facial expression and be like man you just think I'm this bad person, don't get me wrong I did bad things but people can change."

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"We were posting on the block, getting all drugged out and my friend, he was all tatted up and I was like, man I like your artwork"

New Skin - Removing Evidence of Past Life

"They know who I am and what I represent, it's not rocket science to try and figure it out."

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"He's gonna' look like a monster."

New Skin - Removing Evidence of Past Life

"I figured I'm going to do this for the rest of my life and they're going to stay on my body forever, no matter how old I get."

all images © Erik Castro