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Editor's Choice - Pictures of the Day - June 11, 2011

The Mara Salvatrucha, or M -13 gang, originated in Los Angeles in the Central American community, but has spread to other parts of the U.S., Canada, Central America and Mexico. Some former members pose during a photo session at Comayagua jail in Honduras for Reuters photographer Edgard Garrido.


"El Recio" (The Tough One or The Hard One) is a 32-year-old former leader of the M-13, and has been in and out of jail since he was 12. He is currently serving a sentence for various crimes including murder, extortion and drug trafficking. As a former leader of a gang, he has tattoos on his face and other visible body parts indicating his rank in the gang and respect on the streets.









"El Diablo" (The Devil) is a 28-year-old former member of the M-13 gang. He is currently serving a life sentence for various crimes including murder, extortion and illegal possession of weapons.




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since they are no longer part of the gang do they regret the tattoos?

Those tattoos will look very out of place when they're senior citizens.

Looks like a new take on data storage for people who lead hectic lives, squeezed for time but forced to transport time sensitive information on an accessible, cross-platform medium with a low-tech, battery free storage solution. Next, global retailers could step in with tattoo marketing, human billboards in the flesh. Priceless.

If these are former members and leaders of gangs, how are they able to survive in jail? Gangs don't just let people get up and leave.

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