Ohio tattoo shop offering free cover-ups of hateful body art – WLWT Cincinnati

Posted in Tattoo Shop on Aug 23, 2017


A tattoo shop in Ohio is starting a campaign to help stop the spread of hate.

The owner of Modified Studios is getting hundreds of calls from people who regret tattoos that they got years ago, stating they are racially insensitive and want them covered up.

Thats what spurred Project Hate Cover-Up.

Owner Rich Regal is hoping this movement goes national. He hopes other tattoo artists will do the same thing and offer free cover-ups like he did.

This project is already changing Cody Farmers life.

Well, when I was younger, I went to prison and it ended up being a hate tattoo and when I got released from prison, I realized that I didnt believe in it anymore. It was kind of a brotherhood thing, Farmer said of the swastika tattoo that was once on his shoulder.

Recently, a child noticed the swastika tattoo on his arm.

I had a 10-year-old kid call me a Nazi at the tiki pool so that was my cue to change things up, Farmer said.

Its reasons like this that Regal teamed up with his longtime friend and tattoo artist Scott Fate.

Fate covered up a tattoo recently and the two paired up.

We started the project and it came about just me and Scott Fate were talking after he had done his cover-up and I was like, Hey, this is a great idea what you did here. What if we take it a little further and try to help out more people? Regal said.

Fate has been tattooing for more than a handful of years.

This is one tangible thing that we can give back to get rid of these. I want families to be able to be out together without having to see such hateful tattoos, Fate said.

Regal picked five people to get free cover-up tattoos.

I was really interested because of all the hate going on in social media, said Regal. As we know, theres a lot of children on social media and in public that are seeing all this hate back and forth, and this is our way of doing our small part to help.

Farmer no longer has the tattoo, which is now covered up with a skull. The process took an hour, but says it has changed his life.

Feels awesome. I can go out in public now and people are looking at the tattoo rather than judging me, said Farmer. I had friends saying Good job, and my mom is actually really happy. So now I can go to my grandmas house with a cut off shirt and shell be really happy to see me.

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