Arkansas Tattoo Artist Will Cover Up Racist Tattoos Free Of Charge

The offer is getting him some national attention.

Nicholas Peirce first made the offer on Facebook, but now it's getting attention across Arkansas and the country. The tattoo artist who works at Diamond State Tattoo Parlor in Sherwood, Arkansas says anyone who comes in for a cover up of a racist or gang-affiliated tattoo will get the work done for free. Typical cover ups can cost between $400 and $1,000.

"Some people have been judged by a past bad decision or no longer want to represent the negativity they once did," he wrote in a Facebook post offering the free service. "I would like to help change that."

After seven years working as a tattoo artist, Peirce decided he wanted to "give back" to his clients and the community. He's not the first to think of the idea, either, and said he was inspired by what he saw all over the country. In Baltimore, for example, a tattoo parlor set aside a certain time every week that patrons could come in and get hateful or violent tattoos removed for free. The owners of that parlor, Southside Tattoo, said they got the idea after a man came in with old gang tattoos on his face, wanting to remove them so people didn't fear him.

Peirce, too, said he'd already seen people coming in with tattoos they wanted to get rid of.

"I've covered up a lot of tattoos that were gang-related or racist in some way," Peirce told Arkansas Matters. "If somebody regrets something that they got, whether it's 20 years ago or two years ago, I always try to make it happen."

In the Christmas spirit, he said the offer has no expiration date.

"I feel like doing this is really going to hopefully spark something in the community," Peirce said. "And maybe it will spread further than just me."

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