Tattoos can be an expression of who we are or what we believe in, and can also signify important parts of our lives. Sometimes though, people get tattoos that they regret and have to live with for the rest of their lives. Do you have any tattoos that you regret? Have you ever wondered how you might look without these tattoos?
Photographer Steve Burton is working on his latest project which gives ex-gang members the opportunity to see how they would look if they had all their tattoos removed. The results are astonishing.
These ex-gang members left their lives of violence and crime behind them, but parts of their past are unshakeable. Most prominently, the gang and prison tattoos covering much of their bodies, including their faces.
Photographer Steven Burton took photos of the fully-inked men as they are. He then used photoshop to depict how they would look if they never fell into a life of crime.
When Burton showed the men the doctored, un-tatted images, they had an extremely emotional response, many of them breaking down into tears. For them, it was about more than physical appearance. The photos revealed the normal life they never led — a path they regret not taking.
Watch Burton’s project, which he calls Skin Deep: Looking Beyond The Tattoos, in the video below.