Many of us make bad decisions in our past. Some of them we make, and some are made for us. There are those that join gangs or get forced into human trafficking. For those that get out of that life, it can be a long road to leave the past behind. Many gang members get tattoos to show their affiliation; victims of human trafficking are often branded by those that victimize them. Adjusting to a normal life can be trying, and visible markers such as these can make the situation harder.
Los Angeles tattoo artist Chris Baker is trying to help those in these situation. Baker became interested in tattooing from an early age. As he built his business, he wanted to help those that have had difficulty fitting into society and/or finding employment due to the tattoos of their past. His program, INK 180, provides free cover-up tattoos for these people. He reworks gang related or "branding" tattoos for his clients allowing them to become more accepted in society again.
For many of these people, Baker's work gives them a new lease on life. These people have been given a second chance due to the generosity and work of good people.