This is happening for prisoners in New Zealand. No, their past misdeeds won't be wiped out, but they can have their tattoos removed at a cut price.
Authorities are hoping to stop convicts from re-offending. No longer will designs on their skin remind them of the life they used to live, but future employers might look more favorably on them.
The Huffington Post reported in 2013 that convicts in Los Angeles are offered a free service to remove body art which identifies them as gang members.
Does our life mark us in a different way as we age? Maybe our expression has become hardened by the need for protection. Perhaps our features are set in grim lines, or our outlook has been warped by the things we've seen.
The process won't be easy. Time and effort are needed. Also, your thoughts need to be reshaped. Whatever caused your hardened expression is over. Your past should be treated like the prisoner's misdeeds. Serve your time in regret, ask for forgiveness or understanding, and then move on.
What do you see in the mirror?