Two former gang members decide to endure the painful process of removing tattoos they both once wore with pride. Santa Rosa, California.
"At night I was talking to God and I said, God I don't want to have this on my body anymore."
"Getting my first tattoo just felt good. Like getting a job promotion or like graduating from college."
"He's gonna' look like a monster."
"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."
"I called a couple of friends and said, hey man, I got a 13 blasted on my arms."
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"My dad said, why did you get the S and R, we know you're from Santa Rosa."
"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."
"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"
"They know who I am and what I represent, it's not rocket science to try and figure it out."