SOMETIMES, a person's past - or future - is written all over his face.
A particularly unusual police mug shot released in November showed Tracy Briscoe, a North Philly man with his face nearly covered with tattoos. Briscoe, 18, was arrested in a carjacking and shooting near his home, and is now in jail awaiting trial.
What Briscoe and other knuckleheads who've made the same questionable, permanent decision may not realize is that a face splattered with tattoos only helps cops identify and find suspects, and it can serve as a bull's-eye on the street, police say.
"It makes it easier for the criminal element to also identify you, and what you're about," said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.