Aries Rhysing of All Sacred Foundation and Tattoo Shop has a new goal in mind: Removing tattoos for free is not an ordinary service offered by tattoo artists, but All Sacred is no ordinary tattoo shop. The socially conscious shop is currently in the market for a tattoo-removal laser and hopes to offer free tattoo removal for former gang members, giving priority to those whose markings affect their quality of life.
Even with body art becoming socially acceptable in recent years, in Denver, many people with hand, face and neck tattoos are discriminated against. It can affect their careers and even the clubs they can get into. All Sacred needs community help to make its tattoo-removal dream a reality, and will be giving incentives for a crowdfunding effort , offering everything from T-shirts to hats, pins, gift packs of RitualCravt goodies and even a large tattoo from All Sacred founder Aries Rhysing, one of the twenty best tattoo artists in Denver , who is booked six months to a year in advance.
If all goes as planned, All Sacred will be offering this service once a month, as Rhysing says, "not only for aesthetic and cover-up purposes, but for people wishing to leave the past behind and to embrace a future without the stigma that comes with gang or criminally related tattoos."
We spoke with Rhysing to discuss why tattoo artists would get in the business of tattoo removal and the importance of a fresh start for former gang members.
Westword : When did you first come up with the idea to offer tattoo removal?
Aries Rhysing: Well, the idea started when we were collecting on the privilege or the freedom that we have as tattoo people in the workplace, to exercise our artistic vision and tattoo ourselves and still be gainfully employed, as opposed to former gang members who may have once gone about things the wrong way, who get face tattoos and neck tattoos. […]