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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.

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