11 Ex-Gang Members Before and After Removing Their Tattoos

Never judge a book by its cover, the same way never judge a person by the way he looks.


Whenever walking down the aisle and you come across a guy who is heavily tattooed top to bottom, the first thing that comes to your mind, “Here take my money just don’t hurt me!!” This is the type of negative stereotype that has been created by the society. Those gang members may have taken a few wrong paths in their lives but that doesn’t necessarily be the person in front of you.

A photographer named Steven Burton took on the challenge to remove tattoos from ex-gang members to show them and the world who the person is underneath in his series “Skin Deep.” Most of the gang members that saw the photos without tattoos were moved highly as it had been ages that they saw themselves without tattoos. Burton has spent almost two years and over 400 hours on Photoshop to create this series.

See the before and after images of the gang members below and maybe next time you come across one, you might not feel that afraid.

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More info: kickstarter | steven burton | (h/t: demilkeddesignboom)

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