Skin deep – Gang tattoos are digitally removed

Tattoos done in the past can often be silly or embarrassing. But that’s nothing compared to when they have a serious and harmful impact on your life. That’s the notion photographer Steven Burton explores in his photo series Skin Deep, featuring the ex-gang members struggling to come back to society.

The photographer spent two years and over 400 hours on Photoshop to make this book a reality. The last thing that’s missing is your support on Kickstarter.

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

Steven Burton created a photo series Skin Deep, featuring the ex-gang members with their tattoos removed

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He takes portraits of heavily tattooed ex-gang members and removes the tattoos using digital re-touching

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‘Most of the homeboys/girls hadn’t seen themselves without tattoos for decades…’

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‘So during the interviews, I presented the images…’

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‘There was a deep emotional response by the subjects’

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‘These images inspire personal insight from the subjects and elicit questions of how we as a society perceive and judge those with tattoos…’

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‘And how this stigma goes so far as to influence these former gang member’s perception of themselves’

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The photographer spent two years and over 400 hours on Photoshop to make this book a reality…

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The last thing that’s missing is your support on Kickstarter.

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