You can’t erase your past. But, sometimes, you can cover it up.
Ryun King and Jeremiah Swift, artists at the Gallery X Art Collective tattoo parlor in Murray, Kentucky, recently announced that they would ink over any racist tattoo free of charge — as a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and protests against police brutality.
King said the response has been immeasurable, overwhelming and positive. Since posting the offer on Facebook, the tattoo parlor has already received hundreds of requests and calls from the community — even from people out of state.
And they’re not the only ones with the idea. Many other tattoo artist in the US and Canada are also removing racist tattoos for free after they saw other artist on social media share the idea.