Photographer Removes Gang Members’ Tattoos in Portrait Series

Photographer Steven Burton recently transformed 27 former Los Angeles gang members, via this new project called "Skin Deep".

He photographed the subjects, which he discovered through Homeboy Industries, a program that offers job training and tattoo removal to former gang members. Burton then digitally altered their skin to remove their tattoos.

The end result is pretty amazing.

Burton was inspired by a documentary called G-Dog, which details the journey of leaving the gang life behind and tattoo removal being a big part of it.

Burton estimates he spent some 400 hours editing the images on Photoshop. He's launched a KickStarter campaign to fund the production of the book, which you can contribute to here.

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