Chris Baker Founder and Ministry Director, INK 180
Chris has always loved tattoos and tattooing, but in 2011, God showed Chris that his love could become his ministry through offering beautiful tattoo covers to those trying to leave destructive gang affiliations to make a new life. He partnered with law enforcement in the Chicago area and immediately went to work offering this free ministry of second chances. It was during a meeting with the Homeland Security gang division that he was asked to go upstairs and discuss his project with the human trafficking division. Chris was stunned to discover that victims of human trafficking are marked, scarred, tattooed and even sometimes branded to identify their ownership by the criminal organizations that move them throughout the United States and even the world. Commonly, the organizations use bar codes that can be scanned with smart phones so that they can track their human property. Chris was shattered to hear about the plight of these young people, mostly young women, often addicted, sometimes kidnapped, sold and destroyed.
Immediately, he set to work covering the tattoos with beautiful images the girls selected themselves.
He has done over 500 cover-ups between October 2011 and September 2012.