- Dec. 24, 2012 -
The streets of Chicago are no stranger to gang violence. Many of these gangs require that their members get tattoos identifying their membership as well as their rank within the organization. Chris Baker has founded Ink 180 in order to help former gang members get back into productive society. A gang tattoo can prevent someone from gaining employment, make them a target for rival gangs and increase scrutiny from law enforcement. As a lifelong artist Chris Baker realized his love of tattoos and his talent could be combined to help these former gang members get a second chance. Ink 180 designs and provides free cover up tattoos that help enable these young people to escape their destructive past. Ink 180 has already helped hundreds of former gang members take steps toward rehabilitation.
Each month Tat2X® works to support a different charitable organization that represents a cause we believe in. “Everyone deserves a second chance and that’s why we’re promoting Ink 180 throughout the month of December,” says Mo Nelson, founder of Tat2X®. Tat2X®
proudly makes Ink Armor sleeves which are designed to help people temporarily cover up their tattoos for work or school or a special event. A donation of Ink Armor sleeves has been made to Ink 180 that will help these young people cover up their gang related tattoos while they wait for a permanent cover tattoo.
Chris Baker has found a way to use his talent to give back to the Chicago area community he lives in and represents the type of individual that the Tat2X® brand is proud to be a part of. Many of these former gang members seeking rehabilitation are young people just starting out their lives. Giving them a way out is important in helping to break the cycle of gang violence. Ink 180 has covered hundreds of destructive gang markings since its founding in 2011. The organization is entirely supported through donations from individuals and organizations like Tat2X®.
Please visit http://www.tat2x.com
for more details.