PROGRAM TRIES TO HELP ERASE PAST : SHEDDING TATTOOS SEEN AS SYMBOL OF CHANGE.

By | January 7, 2014

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But now he wants them gone.
“I used to have a lot of problems with the cops, getting in trouble, doing robberies, burglaries and assaults from an early age. That was my life,” said Acevedo, 39. “That’s when I was getting the tattoos. Now my life is changed. It doesn’t match my lifestyle now. I’m living a clean life, and I want to clean myself of all the tattoos.”
Acevedo is in the process of doing just that in a new program in which former gang members and troubled youths can get their tattoos removed in exchange for performing community service.
“To get the tattoos removed would complete the whole feeling of it. Getting rid of it is seeing the last part of my old life go away,” said Acevedo, who said his conversion came six years ago when he became a Christian during the last of four stints in prison.
Because of the connection to gangs, Acevedo is targeting the eagle and the “Van Nuys” tattoos first for removal, a process that will take eight months to a year.
The tattoo tattoo,

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