Fresh ink, fresh start: Nonprofit helps people cover up past mistakes with new tattoos

Sometimes physical pain is well worth the emotional relief.

For a sex trafficking survivor, who did not want to be identified, getting the tattoo on the back her leg that says “Daddy’s Girl” covered up, the impact goes much further than skin deep. It helps erase the pain from her past.

“It feels really good, but it hurts really bad,” she said.

Tattoo cover-up sessions like these are organized and paid for by Atlanta Redemption Ink, a nonprofit started by Jessica Lamb.

“We work with sex trafficking survivors, former gang members, former self harmers and individuals that are in recovery that have marks from addiction,” Lamb said.

Since 2017, Atlanta Redemption Ink has helped hundreds of people cover up marks from their past.