South African Gang Members Released Back into Society


What will years, if not decades, in a South African prison affect how you look? British-born photographer Araminta de Clermont gives us that answer with this riveting photojournalistic series of South African gang members as they are released back into society.

Although tattooing is strictly prohibited and severely penalized in the South African prison system, it remains a common practice. Because demand is so high, equipment is sourced or made against all odds. Pigment is created by mixing ground-up trash cans, industrial rubber washers, batteries and bricks with saliva. It is then applied using furniture nails or sewing needles.














Araminta de Clermont's website

Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim is the Editor-in-Chief of My Modern Met. In May, 2008, he co-founded the website to create one big city that celebrates creative ideas. His mission is to promote a positive culture by spotlighting the best sides of humanity—from the lighthearted and fun to the thought-provoking and enlightening.
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