A self-proclaimed mobster with a distinctive face tattoo that reads 'Notorious' has admitted he knows it will be hard for him to find a job - not that it's going to stop him from trying, of course.
Puk Kireka, from Napier in New Zealand, has had two stints in prison - a three-year period on violence related charges and another for two years in relation to standovers.
The 31-year-old dad's tattoo that covers most of his face, and is a reference to the Mongrel Mob gang slogan.
The tattoo before the red was filled in. Credit: Facebook/Puk Kireka
Speaking to Hawke's Bay Today, Kireka pointed to his facial mob colours and said: "I know it will be hard to get a job with my tatts."
He continued: "I will always be a mobster but it's important to show we can have better lifestyles. I want to bring some of the others on board this better lifestyle.
"A lot of them are still drinking and smoking. While they aren't getting into much trouble they are still ruining their lives with their lifestyle."
But while Kireka knows he may struggle to win over some potential employers with his unique tattoo, he still has a firm game plan for his future.
The dad of three now plays rugby for Tamatea, and has plans to secure a job within the sporting industry.
Kireka has turned his life around through fitness. Credit: Facebook/Puk Kireka
Next month he will start a level four Sport and Recreation course at Eastern Institute of Technology, with hopes of getting himself a diploma and then a degree.
He's also using fitness to get his back on track, having lost 31kg after taking up rugby.
"I first went to court when I was 16 and I haven't been back since 2016. Meeting [Tamatea head coach] Levi [Armstrong] in 2017 helped turn my life around.
"I've proved to be an inspiration for other mobsters throughout the country. Since they have read about my lifestyle change on Facebook many have been in touch asking about my fitness programs so they can follow them."
Kireka explained he's managed to tackle his drug addiction as well, adding: "I was into meth before my last stint in jail. But I kicked the habit while in prison and I've been drug-free for the last four years."
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Puk Kireka