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‘Jesus Loves’ tattoo on 12-year-old girl leads to arrests – Fox News08.31.17

A Georgia mom and another woman were arrested after the mother’s 12-year-old daughter was found sporting a tattoo that read “Jesus Loves.”

The tattoo, inked on the girl from Newnan, reportedly was spotted by a fifth-grade teacher at her school, who then alerted authorities.

Another fifth-grade teacher saw the tattoo at a school dance, when the student wore a strapless dress. She described the tattoo as “bluish green with Jesus written above the cross and loves written below,” according to WTVM.

The girl’s mother, 35-year-oldEmma Nolan, and the suspected tattoo artist,identified as Brenda Gaddy, werecharged with tattooing the body of a person under age 18, the news station reported.

The girl reportedly told police that her father made her get the tattoo — but later said her father didnt want her to get the tattoo, and that she wanted it herself.

Nolan stated her tattooed daughter no longer sees her father and that she had no idea her father let her get a tattoo. Meanwhile, Gaddy reportedly said the mother gave the OK.


“Each of the parents had a different story and it boiled down to, frankly, just finger pointing,” Lt. Jason Fetner, of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, told WLTX.

Investigators said they were able to confirm that Gaddy tattooed “a number of minors” at the party, the officer said.

“I think it’s unfortunate in that the child actually wanted to get the tattoo,” said Fetner. “It’s not like the child was forced to get the tattoo, I think it just comes down to bad parenting.”

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Womans Tattoo Removal Gone Wrong Pictures – FHM08.31.17

When I initially saw this headline, I was skeptical about the legitimacy of just how horrible this tattoo removal was. Most publications lather on sensationalism like Cocoa butter on ashy skin, so I figured, “Fck it, it’s click bait.” I was so, SO wrong. It’s *GRAPHIC.** In fact, I’m going to prepare you a list of things I would have rather seen

According to LadBible”Rather than go down the traditional laser removal route, one woman, Pasuda Reaw, decided to use a tattoo removal cream to get rid of the ink on her collarbones and chest.”

This is where I tell you guys to take a look at the pictures for yourself. Again, it’s VERY graphic and I would say sensitive content permitting you don’t have a strong stomach. As a matter of fact, unless you’re a surgeon of some sort, I’d venture to say these photos are going to make you super queasy. If nothing else, it’ll warn people in the future before they end up horribly scarred.

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Continuation of gang tattoo-removal program is positive – Walla Walla Union-Bulletin08.31.17

The ripples created by the recent closing of Walla Walla General Hospital continue to be felt in the community and often in unexpected places.

Few gave much, if any, thought to the closing of General on the INK-OUT gang tattoo-removal program based at the hospital. Yet, the consequences of having that program go away are very serious to those who need their gang tattoos removed so they have a better opportunity to change their lives for the better.

Well, those few who were very concerned about ending the INK-OUT program have come up with an excellent solution. INK-OUT will be housed at The Health Center at Lincoln High School, currently moving into a new space at Walla Wallas teen center, which is located on Third Avenue just behind the high school.

This move could have a great many pluses.

Its located at a space that might be more comfortable for those seeking to have their tattoos eliminated. In addition, many General Hospital staff members who trained for the tattoo removal program were barred by Washington state law from volunteering post-work hours at a job for which they are paid. So, this move could result in more volunteers to safely removed the tattoos.

INK-OUT offers tattoo removal through a special laser that breaks up tattoo ink and allows the smaller particles of ink to be absorbed into the body. The targeted group for the INK-OUT program, which started in 2013 and has served about 50 people, is former gang members who want to be rid of permanent markings of their gang- and drug-influenced lives.

The need for gang tattoo removal became apparent through a task force study on reducing gang activity in the Walla Walla Valley, facilitated by Community Council. While grants from Sherwood Trust and Blue Mountain Community Foundation kicked in the majority of funding needed for the equipment required for tattoo removal, General Hospital agreed to provide the office space for machinery and staff.

Its great that a solution was found to keep this important program up and running so more gang members and others will get an opportunity to leave their past behind without tattoos.

Editorials are the opinion of the Union-Bulletin’s Editorial Board. The board is composed of Brian Hunt, Rick Eskil, James Blethen and Alasdair Stewart

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‘Edvard Munch: Color in Context’ examines the meanings behind the artist’s bold choices – Washington Post08.31.17

In the 1890s, Norwegian artist Edvard Munch ran afoul of his painting teacher, Leon Bonnat. Use your eyes, young man, Bonnat shouted when he saw that Munch had depicted a pinkish brick wall in lurid green hues. Munch gathered his things and stormed out, and that was the last art class hed ever take.

Today, Munch is known for his bold, impressionistic use of color as in his famous painting The Scream, which presents an anguished figure beneath a blood-red and orange sky. If youre interested in seeing 21 less famous examples of Munchs emotion-driven color choices, drop by the National Gallery of Art exhibit Edvard Munch: Color in Context, which opens Sunday.

By pushing for color that corresponds more to feeling or imagination than to external reality, he was questioning conventions that had reigned for centuries, exhibit curator Jonathan Bober says.

Munchs choices also reflected a Victorian belief that feelings manifest themselves in blobs of color that some people could actually see green for sympathy and light brown for selfishness, for example. The intellectuals espousing this scheme were known as theosophists, and they were nearly as mainstream as scientists and philosophers at the time.

Munch claimed to be able to see these auras of color around people, Bober says.We asked Bober to share how Munchs contemporaries might have interpreted a few of the artists most famous prints.

National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; Sun. through Jan. 28, free.

Old Man Praying(1902, woodcut)The Victorians used yellow to indicate high intelligence, Bober says, so its use in this print suggests that the old man depicted has gained wisdom even though his body has declined. The fact that he is looking out a window suggests hes reflecting back on his life, Bober adds.

Mans Head in Womans Hair(1896, woodcut)The woman is brown and orange, which in the theosophists scheme is usually selfishness and sensuality [respectively], while the man is light green, implying sympathy, Bober says. If these two are lovers, the womans interest in the man is shallow, while the man is more truly in love, he notes. The man is being swallowed up by her hair, too, which suggests the woman has the upper hand, he adds.

Madonna(1895, lithograph)For the Victorians, blue represented religious fervor, so its an apt color for the waves around this Madonnas head, Bober says. Overall, however, the colors in this piece are merely heightened versions of naturalistic colors, perhaps to counterbalance the intense imagery, including the sperm swimming along the edges and the fetus in the lower left-hand corner.

Girls Head Against the Shore(1899, woodcut)This landscape shows a woman in the foreground, with a shoreline in the distance the woman blends into the land behind her, however. Theres a suggestion of isolation of the figure from other people, but shes also inseparable from the environment, Bober says. The bright orange of the distant landscape suggests sensuality, and the brownish hue of the womans skin could indicate selfishness, he adds.

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Philadelphia freedom: Dave Hause increasingly comfortable in singer-songwriter skin – Columbia Daily Tribune08.31.17

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When Dave Hause thinks about his hometown, he pictures Philly fanatics.

Philadelphia sometimes wears its City of Brotherly Love tag like an albatross or hairshirt. The wider world can smirk at the nickname as it flashes back to images of sports fans swept up and led astray by their passions. But ask any artist who has played a Philadelphia tourstop, Hause said, and theyll tell you Philly music fans have a lot of love to give.

They pour out their loyalty and passion for music, he said. … The same fervor you see that sort of gets distorted and can be kind of ugly in the sports world is not ugly at all in the music world. Its just loyalty and excitement and passion. You dont have a team to root against at a rock show, youre just rooting for that team.

No batteries get thrown at Santa Claus, he added, referencing an infamous Philadelphia Eagles football game where Christmas cheer went awry.

The title track on Hauses third and latest solo record, Bury Me in Philly, is part love letter to the city, part Dear John letter. He had to leave town to be able to write it, he said.

Its almost like what you would say to your kids as you leave Listen, Ill miss you all the time. Im going to be right here in your heart, or in your head. But Ive got to go do this other thing, he said.

The record finds Hause feeling increasingly at home in his own sound. He is a veteran of punk and hardcore scenes, most notably playing with The Loved Ones and The Falcon, an all-star band featuring members of The Lawrence Arms and Alkaline Trio.

Fronting The Loved Ones taught Hause about living and making music within the space of listeners expectations. Venturing out on his own, he made a pledge to himself.

I made sure in my mind that I was going to always paint with whatever colors I wanted to paint, he said.

If Hause is going to sign his name to these records, he wants them to reflect the depth and breadth of what he listens to. On Bury Me in Philly, that means uniting the intensity of his punk background, the craftsmanship of singer-songwriters and the big rock sound of mainstream artists like Bryan Adams, a touchstone he has brought up in several interviews.

Some dyed-in-the-wool punks might scoff at the assertion, but Hause said Adams and The Clash arent as far apart as they might seem.

In 2085 … they would be put in the same parentheses by a music historian, he said, in that both artists wrote guitar-driven songs that follow a relatively standard rock structure. It is analogous, he said, to differences between Beethoven and Brahms that arent apparent on the surface, but reveal themselves with closer study.

Hauses current touring band takes its name from the fourth track on Bury Me in Philly.

The Mermaid is a song about trying to run down whatever it is that always eludes you, Hause said. On the cycles of life that created his first two solo records, he missed having a dedicated band to play with; that kinship had escaped him so, when he formed a road band, it made sense to name it after the song.

The Mermaid also contains a revealing lyric that unlocks Hauses philosophy and approach.

Dont wanna sing no flannel whiskey songs and try to make them art, he sings. I dont need Bob Dylans blazer dont need Jeff Tweedys hat.

Hause wasnt trying to name-drop or write a diss track, he said. Rather, he invoked Dylan and Tweedy as a reminder to himself he doesnt have to follow in anyone elses footsteps. Making his way as a songwriter isnt about trying to do something just because this is the way another, more prolific, more celebrated artist has done it.

In that way, Hause has found a great plot of common ground between punk bands and singer-songwriters. Both are out to find and raise their own voice, and Hause is harnessing the power of both worlds to do the same. 573-815-1731

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Corvallis artists create ‘Logcabin Medley’ at The Arts Center – Corvallis Gazette Times08.31.17

Clay Lohmann had enough sewn quilt material to cover every wall of The Arts Center in Corvallis for his featured exhibit there, but he wanted to do something different.

So the fiber artist invited his wife, Julie Green, and her colleagues Anna Fidler and Kerry Skarbakka to join him. They are faculty members in the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University.

“I asked if they wanted to join me and see what happens, because there’s not a lot of connection between us, in terms of our work,” he said.

The group arrived on the concept of “Logcabin Medley.”

Lohmann built a 7-by-10 foot, three-dimensional cabin out of wood and draped it with 500 square feet of log-cabin-patterned quilt material as the centerpiece of the exhibit. Viewers can enter and sit inside it. The three other artists contributed a medley of works to display around the cabin.

The exhibit, which is on view through Sept. 30 at The Arts Center in Corvallis, is part of “Quilt County,” an event organized every two years by the Marys River Quilt Guild and the Benton County Historical Society and Museum.

Curator Hester Coucke said The Arts Center always participates in “Quilt County” with the idea of taking quilt-making a step further by doing something unexpected.

Lohmann, who’s been making quilts since 2008, seemed like an ideal choice.

“I knew that Clay made ‘not your grandmother’s quilts,'” Coucke said.

Lohmann’s first challenge was to create the structure upon which to drape the quilt materials. He did not plan to build the cabin from scratch. He wanted to buy a portable building, but found out it lacked the required structural integrity.

His Plan B was to use a metal kiosk, similar to the ones at the Corvallis Farmers Market. Unfortunately, they are very expensive, he said.

So he ended up building the cabin himself, one that included hinges and was collapsible. But it took him three months.

“I worked five times longer on this wooden structure than I ever thought I was going to have to or intended to,” Lohmann said.

A traditional quilt has three layers. The log-cabin pattern covering his cabin is just the quilt top, one layer, he said.

Behind the cabin is a quick stop-motion video, which shows him erecting the cabin and covering it.

Lohmann hopes his portion of the exhibit helps quilting gain more attention as an art form.

“It’s been unrecognized in contemporary visual arts. I think that’s a mistake, and I would like to change that equation,” he said.

‘A bigger whole’

The other artists made works in relation to and surrounding Lohmann’s log cabin.

“You see small parts becoming a bigger whole,” Coucke said. “That is the tradition of quilts.”

The art most similar to Lohmann’s belongs to Green, who also works in sections that are quilt-like, Coucke said.

Green is an award-winning artist whose long-term art project, “The Last Supper Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates,” has won national attention. She painted 700 meals inmates requested for their last meals on dishes.

Green displays two works in “Logcabin Medley.” The first, “2-pack Trauma,” is a series of 34 traumas painted from memory, Green said. She painted little vignettes on the cardboard surfaces of decade-old vinegar boxes with acrylic and glow-in-the-dark paint.

“I made a list of the most traumatic things that ever happened to me, so they are very personal,” she said.

Green said she is a happy person who internalizes bad things, so painting the traumas was a cathartic experience.

“I’m proud to say I ran out of traumas to paint before I ran out of vinegar-box surfaces to paint on,” she said.

Her second piece, “The Garden at 8 AM,” features video and painting. Green shot a daily video standing in the same place in her garden every day for nearly a dozen years. The video captures the growth of her sunflowers, birds chirping and more.

Green added painting to the work after hearing a speech from artist Hasan Elahi in which he mentioned that the number of people on Facebook was greater than the population of China. Suddenly, the idea of using video to document a portion of one’s life seemed less avant-garde than it did in 2002, so she turned to painting to supplement the work.

Green has a series of rectangle-shaped pieces of marker paper on the wall. Each represents a month and has smaller individual squares where she painted the garden view daily with sumi ink.

Some squares are blank; they represent days when she wasn’t home or was ill.

The month of August is a round paper plate, representative of the recent eclipse.

Fidler shows three works in the exhibit that are thematically about subjects such as femininity, unity and nature, she said.

She made the first piece, “Witches Jamboree,” collectively with a group of high school and college student interns in her studio this summer. They used colored pencils and washes of acrylic paint.

In her artist’s statement, Fidler said that “Witches Jamboree” is a “large-scale drawing of my environmental heroines, The Leaf Girls. Wearing leaf masks and witch hats to disguise their true identity, the leaf girls cast spells on destroyers of the natural world.”

She also displays two dresses that share fabric as the common thread with Lohmann’s cabin.

Fidler includes leaf masks with the “Magician’s Dress” and the “Tetragrammaton Dress.” She made both in the mid-90s and considered them magical objects not to be worn.

“I embellished these Victorian dresses with intricate embroidery and collaged image-transfers to fabric. Every detail has symbolic relevance that I withhold from the viewer,” she said.

“I aspire to engage the viewer with mystery, feminine strength and hopefulness in our current era,” Fidler said.

Skarbakka shows a 12-foot-high photograph on vinyl, which towers over the cabin. It is a staged photo of his 2-year-old son, diapered, holding a toy Civil War musket and wearing a Confederate cap, as he stands in his little play cave of rhododendrons.

The photo, titled “Bloodline,” was created two weeks before the violent protests in Charlottesville, Skarbakka said.

“The piece couldn’t have been more timely, unfortunately,” he added.

Skarbakka said his artist’s statement asks the question: Where do the origins of different ideologies, hate and bigotry come from?

For an answer, Skarbakka ties this piece in connection with the notion of quilting, where one hands downs history, story and messaging through generations. In this sense, “this can start in the home. Children aren’t born necessarily becoming people like this,” he said.

To support his piece, Skarbakka referred to a Nelson Mandela quote, which Barack Obama recently tweeted after the Charlottesville events, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.”

Skarbakka grew up Pentecostal in a country farm community called Dellrose, which is 30 minutes from where he went to high school in Pulaski, Tennessee, home of the Ku Klux Klan.

“I know these people. I know this life. And out of this contention and culture war that’s happening right now in the United States, I am trying to see both sides of it,” he said.

Skarbakka hopes the photo prompts conversations.

“Is there some place we can find this breakdown of animosity and actually start to talk about why this might be objectionable for one, or is it just a cute kid playing with some innocent toys?” Skarbakka said.

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Boob Banners in Burlington Promote Breastfeeding – Seven Days08.31.17

The six banners, which will remain up through September 9, represent the collaboration of Burlington breastfeeding advocacy company Mamavaand design firm Solidarity of Unbridled Labour.

Mamava’s relationship with Solidarity (formerly JDK Design) dates back to the company’s inception: Mayer and cofounder Christine Dodson launched their startup in 2013 while working at the design firm. Solidarity director Michael Jager is an owner and board member of Mamava a “Mamava papa,” as Mayer and Dodson call him. Both company’s offices are housed in the 47 Maple Street building, which is owned by Jager with wife and business partner Giovanna Di Paola.

Significantly, the banners’ debut coincides not only with the end of August, which is National Breastfeeding Month, but with the 25th annual South End Art Hop, which runs Friday through Sunday, September 8 through 10.

Jager produced the final designs; the bold-line breasts certainly do resemble the shape of bunting, particularly as they line up with the building’s sets of double windows. The simple evocation matches that of Mamava’s “happy breast” logo, a collaborative design by Dodson, Jager and Mayer. The background colors of the banners represent a variety of skin tones: “We wanted there to be a multicultural feeling,” explained Mayer.

The design may be particularly familiar to younger, social media savvy women; boob T-shirts of many varieties (here’s an example) are a trending item offered by a multitude of companies some with distinctly feminist missions, others not so much. And the sliver of the design’s areola doubles as a crescent moon, another visual and cultural motif surging of late.

None of this is by accident. “Mamava is really speaking to a millennial audience,” Mayer said, noting their intent to to create “Instagrammable moments.” One challenge the company faces is that the users of its product (nursing mothers) are not their buyers (facility managers) and therefore demonstrating their desirability through social media is especially significant.

Maglianero barista Katherine O’Brien, 18, offered that she thinks the design is “a very tasteful composition.”

“This is our way of reminding not just Burlington but the country that we’re here doing this,” said Dodson.Mayer added that she hopes this visual gesture will promote “a conversation that helps with the normalization and celebration of breastfeeding.”

Across the street, neighboring ad agency KSV briefly joined that conversation: A handmade poster appeared in its windows featuring a baby with a “Feed me!” speech bubble. It has since been removed.

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Twisted mum arrested for TATTOOING ‘Jesus Loves’ onto her 12-year-old daughter – The Sun08.31.17

A TWISTED mum has been arrested for TATTOOING Jesus Loves onto her 12-year-old daughter’s shoulder.

The girls mum, 35-year-old Emma Nolan, and the suspected tattoo artist, named as Brenda Gaddy, were both charged with tattooing the body of a person under age 18, according to WTVM news.

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The tattoo was noticed by the girl’s teacher in Georgia who then alerted the authorities.

She described the tattoo as “bluish green with Jesus written above the cross and loves written below,”according to WTVM.

She noticed it first when the girl arrived at the school dance wearing a strapless dress.

The girl reportedly told police and her dad made her get the tattoo before admitting that she wanted it herself.

Investigators said they were able to confirm that Gaddy had actually tattooed “a number of minors”.

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A police officer from the area in Georgia, Jason Fetner, said that the incident is due to “bad parenting”.

I think its unfortunate in that the child actually wanted to get the tattoo, said Fetner. Its not like the child was forced to get the tattoo, I think it just comes down to bad parenting.

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Tattooist returns to roots to set up new Sudbury business – Suffolk Free Press08.31.17

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A Sudbury man who returned to his roots to set up a new tattoo parlour has high hopes for the business, following an award win at a regional arts festival.

Darren Ditton, who is originally from Glemsford and a former Sudbury student, set up Love and Light Tattoo above the Shear Genius salon in Friars Street, having returned to the area where he grew up after spending years away while he learned his trade.

He said business has been busy since he began three months ago, and has now been boosted by claiming an award at the annual Norwich Body Art Festival and being featured in UK tattoo magazine Skin Deep.

Its been really busy, Mr Ditton said. Luckily, I have been working in Bury for years so I have built a steady list of clients.

Its a one-man operation right now. What Im hoping to do in the long term is get someone else in to help grow the business. I would like to have my own premises at some stage.

This is like my home town. When you grow up somewhere, you sometimes have a backlash against it, but its your home. You just cant avoid coming back.

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New tattoo remover means new clients: Human trafficking survivors – The Mercury News08.31.17

SAN JOSE Up on the fourth floor of the Valley Specialty Center, theres a new machine called a PicoWay, a state-of-the-art laser blaster that scours flesh clean of tattoos faster and less painfully than its predecessors.

And officials want to take their new laser and aim it at a vulnerable population survivors of human trafficking.

Victims of human trafficking are literally tattooed or branded with the name of the person who has enslaved them, said Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez. Not only do we need to help these people transform through new kinds of programs, we also need to help them transform physically as well.

The $300,000 laser was acquired through a partnership between the county, San Jose and the Valley Medical Center Foundation, which collected money from private donors. Its the third laser to be used in the Clean Slate program that was founded in 1994 with a mission of helping gang members by removing their tattoos.

More than 2,000 have since gone through the program, which in addition to tattoo removal includes case management and peer counseling to put them on a path toward shedding a self-destructive former life.

Mary Benson, who founded Clean Slate while working as a volunteer to rid East San Jose neighborhoods of a gang infestation in the 1990s, said she is overjoyed that the new technology will mean expanding the base of clientele.

This beautiful laser is going to be such a benefit to enrollees, she said. For survivors of human trafficking who have been so brutalized it brings healing to remove a symbol thats a stigma and a reminder of a very traumatic part of their lives.

With the new laser, doctors can see more people who will need fewer treatments. Dr. Jack Ackerman, who has been removing tattoos at Valley Medical Center for nearly a decade. It not only cuts the amount of time per session, but chops the number of visits down considerably. A tattoo that might have taken 20 treatments to remove can now be done in 12.

He said the new technology makes for a much more pleasant session than what was available when Clean Slate started.

Twenty-five years ago it was very slow, and very painful, he said. A lot of times there would be bad bruising and bleeding, a lot more scarring wed use Lidocaine to numb the area.

Rebecca Esparza, a 23-year-old who joined Clean Slate after having an epiphany as an incarcerated teen she didnt want grow up to be a gangster like her family said the new laser is a major improvement.

The old one was 10 times more painful and theyd go over the tattoo three times as many times, said Esparza, who now works for Clean Slate and also studies communications at Cal State East Bay. Its nothing like it.

Leah Lee doesnt have gang tattoos and hasnt been in trouble, but the VMC employee volunteered to serve as a demonstration model for the laser unveiling event. She got her first tattoo at age 15 at a house party a scripted FAITH on her wrist. She covered that with a bigger tattoo a year later, a purple rose.

At 15 it seemed like a great idea, she said, but now Im 29 and I want it off.

She was nervous shed heard that the process felt like repeatedly being snapped by a rubber band or scalded by spattering oil and had been icing the underside of her wrist in anticipation.

She was pleasantly surprised. As the laser traveled over the tattoo, dramatically lightening the purple rose to lavender in a 30-second process she was more amazed by the result than startled by the pain.

Wow! said Lee. Oh my god, that looks amazing! Its a little uncomfortable but its not something thats going to make you cry. Its not like getting burned by hot oil at all.


Participants in the Clean Slate free tattoo removal program must be a San Jose resident between the ages of 14 and 25, with visible tattoos such as on the hands, wrists, neck or face.

They must be committed to a gang-free lifestyle and complete a Life Skills program and 30 hours of community service. They must be either working, going to school or enrolled in a j ob readiness training program.

More information is available or by calling 408-794-1660.

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