COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - You might have that one tattoo you don't like or regret but what about those tattoos that symbolize hate? Fallen Heroes Tattoo shop and Redemption Ink.org is helping people cover up racist tattoos.
Our camera's captured the true change of a former white supremacist trying to erase his past. KRDO News Channel 13's Cinthia Maldonado tells us his story.
Jacob Peterson loves ink! He got his first tattoo at 18 and since then kept adding more.
"I absolutely love tattoos. I love the pain that comes with them. I love the art and that's why I’m so covered."
Today, Jacob visits Fallen Heroes Tattoo but his session isn't about new artwork instead he's covering up hate. He’s been trying to remove his racial tattoos for over two years.
"He’s covering the white pride on my chest and then I got one on my shoulder it's a racist cross type," explains Jacob.
Jacob says he got those insignias because he once believed in white supremacy. "At the time there was a race for, you know I needed to be with my own people, I guess."
Now, his beliefs have changed. "There’s just too much hate in the world already. I don't need to add to it."
He’s covering up the tattoos with skulls to fit the rest of his theme. "I feel a huge weight off my shoulders it’s a really big deal for me to get these covered," says Jacob.
A decade ago, Jacob told me he wouldn't go near people of color— today proves things are different as his tattoo artist Reece Allen happens to be a black.
"Personally, I feel honored. You know, he can see through what I was."
"If he's able to push aside his hard feelings and let me work on him, then I’m willing to give him the best tattoo I can give him," says Reece.
Jacob says it was all too easy to fall into hate but is happy he won't be labeled by his old beliefs.