A San Antonio, Texas tattoo shop is changing lives one cover-up at a time. Twisted Tattoo is offering free cover-ups for gang related or racist tattoos so clients can have a new chance at life and employment.
Owner James Delgado says it all started with a social media post.
They are not able to come and spend $400-$500 for a tattoo to get that covered even though it impacts their lives.
Since then, tattoo artists at his shop have been busy keeping up with requests. Delgado wants to help people who can't otherwise afford the expensive cover up fees.
Twisted Tattoo shop artist Matt Vargyas explained how the pro bono tattoo cover-ups can impact someone's life. “It gives everybody another chance. Some people really want to work, they want jobs and they want that second chance in life.”
Vargyas recently offered the free service to former gang member Matt Woosley. Woosley was beyond grateful to have the ink covered so he can move on with a new lifestyle after being in a gang for ten years. “It feels like I’m being given a new chance at life,” said Woosley.
The things that I went through when I was in prison and even before that... it's covering all those things kind of washing away all the pain.
Even when he decided to step away from his gang affiliation, the tattoo behind his neck was a constant reminder.
"They get to have that long, happy life without fear of people judging,” said Vargyas.
It makes me feel like the Lord is with me and that he is covering what I went through in life.
Woosley says he can now finally move forward from his past with confidence, building on his faith.