Erase Your Past With Our Tattoo Removal for Ex-Gang Member

Some tattoos are a sign of a person’s affiliation to a gang. They indicate loyalty and how a member might feel about their group. Most of them are used to distinguish between a real member and a wanna-be.

Getting a gang tattoo means you are very committed to the sect and worthy of recognition in the group. Because of this, most gang members usually get their tattoos in visible places, like the face, neck, and hands.

But, understandably, you need to get the tag taken off after some time when you get out of that whole organisation.

It could be that you have outgrown it, or like the 57% of the population, you feel a little embarrassed about it.

The good thing is, that there are now ways to get rid of such body art.

Tattoo removal is removing a tattoo that a person doesn’t want. Laser surgery, surgical removal, and dermabrasion are all common ways to get rid of tattoos, and we offer them right here.

You can get rid of those gang memories on your skin with tattoo removal.

And at Pearl Lemon Tattoos, we can make that happen for you.

Ready to learn more about tattoo removal services? Set up an appointment today.

Tattoo Removal For Ex-Gang Members

Some Gang Tattoos and What They Mean

Before we get into learning about tattoo removal, let us first identify the tattoos commonly dealt with by ex-gang members. Here are some tattoos that gangs often use and what they mean.

Numbers & Letters

Usually, gangs use numbers or letters to show who is in their group. For example, Aryan Brotherhood uses “AB” to stand for itself. Some gangs’ tattoos include part of their street names. For example, members of the Mexican Mafia have tattoos that say “Mafia” or “eMe,” which is how you say “M” in Spanish.

White supremacist groups often get tattoos with numbers like “4/20,” which is Hitler’s birthday, or “100%,” which means “100% white.”

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Hate Symbols

Gang members often get hate symbols tattooed on their bodies to assert their belief in the gang ideology. White gangs use different symbols to show how powerful they are and how much they hate other groups.

Some white supremacist groups use two lightning bolts in their symbols to represent the SS of Nazi Germany or a shield with hateful symbols in each quadrant.


Gangs have often taken symbols from other groups and changed their meanings to fit their needs. In the gang, the Latin Kings use a crown with five points. Each point stands for “love, respect, sacrifice, honour, and obedience.”

Sometimes, the images represent history. The Mexican Mafia uses the snake and eagle on the Mexican flag. Many white supremacist gangs use Celtic symbols like a shield, a Celtic cross, or an axe and sword crossed together with hateful symbols. Often, hateful images are put together with these symbols. The oldest prison gang in the US, the Aryan Brotherhood, often uses a shamrock with a swastika. Other gangs use a Celtic cross with a swastika.

Gangsters and Crips Disciples gangs sometimes use the Star of David to show who they are. Other times people get gang tattoos to protect themselves, especially in prison.

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Removing Something Risky For You

The healing process after tattoo removal will most likely be problematic for people with diabetes. As a result, treating diabetic patients is considered a process with utmost precaution. 

Taking into account each client’s condition, healing ability, and propensity to contract an infection, we assess each person with diabetes on a case-by-case basis. It will always depend on whether they are fit to undergo laser removal treatment or not.

The location of the tattoo and its style should also be taken into account.

The best way to get approval for diabetic treatment is to consult your general practitioner first. 

Once that is signed and sealed, we can now proceed to remove your tattoo.

Pearl Lemon Tattoos guarantee that this is the best way possible. Don’t worry, as our experts will handle you with care like a glass.

Book an appointment today to get started.

Our Laser Tattoo Removal for Ex-Gang Members

Getting rid of a tattoo is usually done as an outpatient procedure with only local anaesthesia. Laser surgery, surgical removal, and dermabrasion are some common ways to get rid of a tattoo.

Laser Surgery

Q-switched lasers, which send out a single, powerful energy pulse, are often the best way to get rid of tattoos. For darker skin, a different laser might be used so that the skin’s colour doesn’t change permanently.

A local anaesthetic is injected into the skin before laser treatment to numb it. The tattoo is then hit with laser waves to heat and break up the ink. 

NOTE: Different lasers and wavelengths might be needed to treat tattoos with more than one colour.

You might also experience swelling, blisters, or bleeding after the procedure. An antibacterial ointment can speed up the healing process. 

You may need more than one session to lighten the tattoo. Still, you might not be able to get rid of it completely.

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Tattoo artist makes a tattoo on a man's hand.

Surgical Removal

A local anaesthetic is injected under the skin to numb it before surgery. With a scalpel, the tattoo is cut out, and the edges of the skin are stitched back together. An antibacterial ointment helps the wound heal after the procedure.

Surgical tattoo removal works but leaves a scar and may only be fully effective for small tattoos.


Usually, the tattooed area is chilled until it is numb before dermabrasion. The tattooed skin is then sanded to deeper layers with a high-speed rotating tool, usually an abrasive wheel or brush. This makes it possible for the tattoo ink to leave the skin.

After the procedure, the area feels sore and raw for a few days. It can take up to three weeks to get better. Dermabrasion isn’t often used because the results are hard to predict and aren’t as good as laser or a combination of laser and excision.

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Tattoo artist makes a tattoo on a man's hand.


Tattoos are meant to be permanent, and it’s hard to eliminate them completely. No matter what method is used to remove a tattoo, it is likely that some scarring or hyperpigmentation will remain.

But further problems after that scar can be avoided with the proper aftercare. Ask our experts how you can care for your scar after the procedure.

Let Us Help You Remove That Tag

Because of what these tattoos mean and how obvious they are, former gang members often need to get rid of them to move on with their lives.

At Pearl Lemon Tattoos, we take pride in delivering exceptional tattoo removal services. Focus on changing your life for the better and leave us the job of covering up gang and hate symbols. 

Let us help you start over.

Set up an appointment, and we’ll handle the rest.

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