Stories from FSP Applicants
Stories from FSP applicants:
(names and locations have been change to protect privacy)
"I was incarcerated at a young age and made some really bad choices including getting tattoos on my face. Those days are behind me and I would like to move on, only thing is that people look at these tattoos and automatically judge me and I feel very self-conscious and wish I had never gotten them. Please help me remove them.
James Seattle, WA
"I left Maine when I was 18 to get away from my gang and start a new life for my child that was in the womb. If I had stayed in Maine, I would most likely be in prison or dead. I have been getting tattoos inside the gang since I was 14 years old. I was stabbed numerous times at just 15 years old and was arrested and sent away from 16 to 17 to a juvenile program, since then I have never reoffended but I was still apart of my gang until I finally got away. I haven’t had any ties with the gangs in Maine since I've left, in fact I even tried to cover the tattoos myself but they are still visible. Ohio has been good to me as soon as I got here I’ve obtained a job and have been there 2 years, I went through the shelter system saved my money and now have a studio apt of my own and I’m in college at ATTR, I currently have a GPA of 3.26 and 20 credits. Though I have accomplished many things since then it is still a struggle therefore I’ve been trying to get into the air force but my tattoos from my elbow down on both arms is the only thing stopping me. It cost a pretty penny, is there anything you can do for me such as a low cost removal or know any organizations that could help me, going to the air force will provide me and my daughter a better life and I can finally be free of my past.
Phillip Cincinati, OH
"I want a fresh start to join the military, and I am tired of people looking at my teardrop and withdrawing from me.
Thomas St. Loius, MO
"I have been on many interviews and yet no luck and in many instances I was asked what happened to my hand because it had a bandage on my hand covering my tattoo. Being honest I explained that this was an old tattoo I had done when I was young and regret ever doing it. I always received that "uneasy feeling" from the person who interviewed me. Even though the tattoo is small it still has a large impact on my job search. I now have a opportunity to join a police force in the area but would like to have the tattoo removed before I continue with the process, I do not want to miss out of a great opportunity to be a civil servant and make a difference in the community. My main focus is to find a career and not just a job, so I can provide a better life for my son and make sure he doesn’t make the same mistakes I made when I was young and be a better role model for him. I know in life we cannot judge a book by its cover, but in recent times perception is everything. I have an extensive resume and employers have commended me on my experience, but when we finally meet and see the tattoo on my hand it all gets thrown out the window. I would appreciate any help."
Charles Atlanta GA
"I unfortunately have a tattoo on my neck that has hindered me from jobs and opportunities for the last 6 years. I have not been incarcerated or gang affiliated but I’m a 26-year woman trying to seek out the best possible opportunities to enable myself in having a brighter future. I got the tattoo at 19 and have regretted it since.
Linda Las Vegas, NV