Tattoo’s have traditionally come with a social stigma that steer many people away from them. As they are becoming more commonplace, that stigma is starting to fade.
You are legally able to get tattoos when you are 18-years old, without the consent of a parent or guardian. The result can lead to some poorly thought out and conceived tattoo’s.
A poorly drawn portrait or image, or a misspelled word can make you an endless source of playful ridicule by friends. But that’s on the more harmless end of the spectrum.
Sometimes a tattoo can have a more sinister meaning.
Arkansas tattooist Nicholas Peirce wanted to help those who regret getting hateful or racist tattoo’s in the past.
Peirce is co-owner of the Diamond State Tattoo Parlor in Sherwood, Arkansas. He’s been tattooing since 2010, and in that time has made a name for himself in the community.
He’s produced a number of stellar designs that his customers will cherish for a lifetime. But his greatest contribution is what he’s doing for those who made a mistake earlier in their life.
It’s common for someone to get a tattoo in their youth, then realize they no longer stand behind it’s message as they get older. While people and ideologies change, tattoo’s are permanent.
Peirce felt he could make a difference in the lives of those who wanted to cover up racist or hateful tattoos they’ve come to regret.
Fully aware of the cost of doing alterations on a tattoo, he aimed to make change accessible to anyone who wanted it. Peirce wanted to give people who made a bad decision a second chance.
Peirce decided to offer free tattoo alterations to anyone who had a hateful, or gang related tattoo on their body.
Peirce says it’s just a small act of goodwill that he hopes will make a big difference. “Something to give back, in a way,” Peirce tells reporters from Arkansas Matters.com.
Peirce announced the offer on his personal Facebook page. He said he’d been contemplating a promotional tattoo giveaway, when he decided to do something more meaningful instead.
“Some people have been judged because of a past bad decision or no longer represent the negativity they once did,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I would like to help change that.”
The average cost of a tattoo cover up ranges from $450-$1,000, a figure that prices many out of the option of tattoo alteration. Peirce says he’s willing to eat the cost of the coverup to make the world a more positive place.
Peirce hopes that his act of generosity will spread, and others will do what they can to improve the community.
“I feel like doing this is really going to hopefully spark something in the community, in the tattoo community and maybe it will spread further than just me,” Peirce says.
More impressive than the offer is how long he intends to keep it valid: forever. As long as there are negative and hateful tattoo’s in the world, Nicholas Peirce is willing to cover them up.
“If somebody regrets something that they got, whether it’s 20 years ago or two years ago, I always try to make it happen,” said Peirce.