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Parolees Shed the Tattoos, Gain Jobs
When Lannie Wrye ran away from her Huntington Beach home at 13 to live on the streets of Hollywood, she cemented her friendship with the teen-agers she met there by letting one of them use a needle and blue ink to scratch "Loue," the nickname they gave her, between her left thumb and index finger.
At 16, Wrye and three friends were having an all-night drinking party in a Buena Park motel room when one of them crudely etched a tattoo of an expletive on her chest. That night, they robbed a pizza deliveryman of $200 and took off in his car on a week of partying and drinking in Hollywood, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
By age 18, Wrye had served two years for armed robbery and grand theft auto and wanted to put the past behind her. But the tattoos were a painful reminder of who she had been.
"Having tattoos is like telling the whole world that you are rebellious, that you had a bad childhood," Wrye said. "I couldn't get a decent job because of my tattoos."
When Wrye did get a job, at the counter of a yogurt shop in Huntington Beach, the manager fired her the first day, when she arrived in a shirt that exposed her tattooed arms.
Today, at 19, Wrye's life has taken a turn. She has her first steady job, has enough money to rent a room in a house, and is enrolled in a computer training program.
Wrye credits her change of fortune to a pilot program that has provided her with $14,000 in free plastic surgery to remove her tattoos. She was the first participant in the program, but its organizers say it could help hundreds of ex-offenders in Orange County.
An increasing number of government and volunteer agencies are offering similar tattoo removal to parolees in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Clara counties.
The Orange County program, begun in August by Volunteers in Parole, the program provides counseling and support activities for people who have been released from the California Youth Authority. It is sponsored by the CYA, the California State Bar and the Orange County Bar Assn.
Pat Ruhlman, director of Volunteers in Parole in Orange County, said: "Tattoos are like 'squadron patches' that kids give themselves on the streets, in gang activities or in jail. When they get out of the Youth Authority, they find that tattoos make it hard, if not impossible, to get jobs. . . .
"All too late, young people with tattoos realize that they are marked for life. Their tattoos tie them with their past, a past that is repugnant to employers, neighbors and new people in their lives."
Wrye had spent her teens shuttling between Orange County Juvenile Hall and foster homes. But whenever she could, she would hang out with other punkers, sporting a Mohawk haircut, biker clothes and tattoos on her arms and hands. When she was 15, Wrye decided to break the "stereotype that all punkers were into violence" by scratching "Peace," along with the peace sign, just above her left wrist.
Beyond tattooing, you also have a passion for classic cars and hot rods,and co-founded The Beatniks car club where many of its members are tattoo artists and collectors. What's the connection between tattoo art and customizing 50s styled cars and rods?
Hmmm, for the Beatniks, this is a club that is 18-years-old and counting, and all of the members are very heavily tattooed. There are a lot of tattoo artists in the club as well, but it's not exclusive to tattoo artists by any means. All of the Beatniks share a love for tattoos and tattoo art. There are quite a few artists in the club as well who are not tattooers.For us, it's just part of the deal. There are a lot of people that are into old hot rods and customs who are not tattooed and don't have any desire to get any. For us, it's just always been part of the whole lifestyle--it's a little different for us. With most of us as artists, that talent shows in our kars, in our kustoms and hot rods as well.