Wednesday was the third annual Stop The Hate In The 918 event at The Parlour Hair & Ink in Sand Springs. People waited in line for several hours to get gang-related and racist tattoos covered up for free.
“This is just a unique mistake because not everyone has to carry their mistakes around visibly,” said Jamy Magee, owner of Parlour Hair & Ink.
Magee said the demand has grown each year as more people hear about the event and continue to contact him about getting tattoos covered up.
“I’ve got a lot of tattoos from when I was younger that were racially motivated, and I’m trying to start getting them covered up,” said Justin Bentley.
Bentley said he wanted to cover up his tattoos to make a change for his son and other children.
“He said he wanted to grow up and be like me. There is a lot of good things that I do, but I don’t want him to follow the bad,” said Bentley.
It may be just another day at the office for Magee, but for the people he helped - they consider it a fresh start at a new life.
“I’m happy to donate a day of my cubicle here to make a positive impact on someone’s life,” said Magee.
Magee said he hopes to work with more tattoo shops in the area next year to coordinate a way to help more people cover up their tattoos.