On November 14th The Crest Theatre opened its doors to welcome anyone who purchased a ticket to watch a play known as Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo. Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo revolves around gang violence, the result of having a tattoo, and how it can affect a youth’s future.
“Maybe there is such a thing as a second chance,” Fasuto says, the protagonist of Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo. “And that’s why I’m here. I’m getting my tattoos removed for my son.”
In Placas, having a gang tattoo meant that you were always on the run from the police, due to belonging to a certain gang that has criminal history. Fausto, the main character of the play, has recently been released from jail and wants to remove his tattoos so that he can support his family. Most of all he also wants to guide his son to the right path, unlike his former self that ended up the way he is now.
Placas portrayed a community that is in need of help surrounded by gangs and the lack of motivation to strive for a bright future. There is this vicious cycle of repetition that plagues Fausto’s family, where the man is involved in gang activity and moving to a safer environment is impossible. In some ways, this issue may relate to actual real world situations that are also facing the same problem. Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo gives a voice to the communities that are facing the same problem, wanting to provide a solution to end the vicious cycle and start fresh.