Though it has changed in the past five years or so, the tattoos used to be a way of demonstrating lifelong commitment to the gang. I have never covered it except for one time. ) But it is amazing to me that even under those circumstances, I felt I needed some good excuse to act the way I did.
For example in the tattoo representing Jesus Christ, many MS-13 members place an M in his crown and and S in his long beard, standing for.'. I just thought, I am going to have to take a stand.