Fresh ink, fresh start: Nonprofit helps people cover up past mistakes with new tattoos | 25 CBS

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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.

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Erasing symbols of hate: Atlanta Redemption Ink helps people get racist tattoos covered | 11 Alive News

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Erasing symbols of hate: Atlanta Redemption Ink helps people get racist tattoos covered

ATLANTA — A local non-profit known in the community for helping sex-trafficking survivors cover up scars of the past is also doing its part to erase the hate associated with racist tattoos.

Atlanta Redemption Ink is working with local tattoo artists to cover-up hateful tattoos for free.

“It’s a transformation from the inside out,” said Jessica Lamb, Founder of Atlanta Redemption Ink.

“When someone comes to us with a tattoo rooted in racism and says ‘I was wrong, I'm not that person anymore and I want to reflect that on the outside,’ it's encouraging to see,” she said.

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Crystal Boyd owns Pür Ink Tattoos & Piercings in Alpharetta. Boyd is one of several local artists working with Atlanta Redemption Ink to do the free cover-ups.

“It was a different time in her life and now she is embarrassed by it,” said Boyd. “It doesn't represent what she thinks or feels.”

 

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Removing Physical Scars | The Patch

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by Tim Darnell, Patch Staff | Jan 8, 2019 1:13 pm ET | Updated Jan 8, 2019 8:41 pm ET

ATLANTA, GA -- Nikky* remembers the exact day and time — and the drugs and alcohol involved — when she got her gang tattoo, a black pitchfork on her ankle that was embedded into her skin with a needle and thread. Then she became a victim of human trafficking.

"I had kept the tattoo hidden for years and then when I was trafficked I had to keep it hidden because they were gang members and if they noticed, I knew I would be in big trouble," Nikky says today. "And when I escaped my trafficker and going through my recovery program, I had to keep it covered up, because this was a well-known gang and had gained a lot of rivals...

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ARI Helps Remove Symbols of Pain | AJC

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“Many people get tattoos for more joyous occasions. They might put the names or images of their children or a lover. Perhaps they have a beloved hobby or favorite saying, a religious symbol or flag.

In some cases, though tattoos can represent a dark period in someone’s life.

Lamb said one ex-gang member had a tattoo across his lips that read “never snitch.”

One woman’s pimp branded her with money bags on her upper thighs and dollar signs running up to her pelvic area. With others, their trafficker’s names are tattooed on their bodies with the words, “for life” or “property of.” Drugs and self-cutting or burning can also leave their scars.”

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