02.11.16 by Staff

Powerful Portraits of Ex-Gang Members With Their Tattoos Digitally Removed


In “Skin Deep” photographer Steven Burton digitally removes the tattoos of ex-gang members, creating dramatic before-and-after style portraits that offer many subjects a glimpse of themselves they haven’t seen for decades. Not only do the images elicit strong emotional responses and personal reflections, the transformative series raises broader questions about social stigma and how we perceive others.

Burton has launched a Kickstarter to turn the photographs into a book. Check out more incredible portraits below.







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Steven Burton’s Website

Steven Burton’s Kickstarter

Steven Burton in Instagram

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  • Seelvana

    those tattoos look absolutely fake.

  • adub

    This is very interesting. Couldn’t help but think that even with the tattoo removal, people will still look at these men sideways b/c they are brown. Kudos to the artist for sharing their stories.

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