Crazy Indians Brotherhood helps one man leave life of crime
Howard Martell left his old ways behind to join a new crew, the Crazy Indians Brotherhood
Gang life is behind him but Howard Martell is marked by the experience with a tattoo beneath his right eye.
"One time I was on the bus and there was this little boy with his mom and he said, 'Hey mom, look at the bad guy!' That's when I realized I should get it removed."
So many people are so judgemental, they judge a book by its cover- Howard Martell
At 16, Martell said he wore a bulletproof vest and carried a gun. He was addicted to Oxycontin and a member of the Terror Squad street gang.
He has since dropped his gang colours in order to join a different crew. Martell is a member of the Crazy Indians Brotherhood, a group of men who try to help others.
Still, Martell said people sometimes cross the street when they see him.
"So many people are so judgemental," he said. "They judge a book by its cover."
However, Martell explained he is a family man who wants to give back to his community.
He said removing the tattoo will be a visual indicator that he's leaving the past behind.
"It's pretty crazy.It's a big change. I didn't think it was possible."