By: Miss Kelly
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (Revelation 21:5).
Chris Baker, the owner of Ink 180, helps different members of the community, including sex trafficking victims by removing or covering up their already preexisting tattoos (Erbentraut, 2015). According to Baker, only twenty percent of their revenue comes from paid customers; the rest of the money comes from donations which can make supporting his family a struggle (Erbentraut, 2015). Despite this, Baker continues to provide pro-bono services knowing that he is making a positive impact on someone else’s life. Even though it is a tattoo parlor, Baker explained that the business would not be involved in “…images that are gang related, satanic, vulgar or degrading to women” (Erbentraut, 2015).
In addition to providing free services in the shop, Baker also has two box trucks that are used to serve clients in Chicago and works with community organizations to help men and women needing medical, dental, and vision services as well as GED preparation (Erbentraut, 2015). According to Erbentraut from Huffington Post, “Most of the shop’s trips into the city end with a meal shared between survivors, service providers and tattoo artists alike” (2015).
What Can We Learn From This?
There seem to be a couple important takeaways from this article. First, God can use our gift(s) as a way to serve him. Chris Baker used his artistic talent as a way to serve God and serve those who many times are disregarded or forgotten about. Secondly, money shouldn’t be our main focus in life. Although times can get tough financially, God has a way of providing. Third, we can invite others and reach out to like-minded people to share in the work done to empower others. I know from personal experience, it can be tempting to go about a good deed all on our own because that is what our pride wants us to do. However, if we are open to working with others, something greater may come out of it.
What the Bible Says
In Revelation 21:5 and in 2 Corinthians 5:17, as mentioned in the article, God is fully capable of making someone a new creation. No matter what we have done in our past, God always accepts with loving arms and is ready to make us more like Him.
Pray About It
Let us pray for those who are seeking refuge and desire to be freed from their past. Let us pray for those who suffer from the mistakes of their past and desire to lead a new and brighter life. Let us also pray about how God can use us and our gifts to help and empower others.
About the Author.
Victoria grew up in church but did not come to know the Lord personally until she went to college. She was invited to a Bible study, which was the kick start to a new personal relationship with God and Jesus Christ. Victoria has a heart for helping female victims of sex trafficking and men who fall into the sin of sexual abuse. Her goal is to eventually go back to school for a masters degree in Social Work.
Erbentraut, J. (2015, February 6). Tattoo artist donates his work to help sex trafficking, domestic violence survivors get a fresh start. Retrieved from