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Mugshots illustrate repeat offender’s transformation from ordinary teen to drug dealer covered with facial tattoos

June 6, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mugshots illustrate repeat offender’s transformation from ordinary teen to drug dealer covered with facial tattoos

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A continuing offender known for his evolving face tattoos was arrested again in Florida while sitting in a stolen vehicle.

Robert Hardister, whose face tattoos create an extremely memorable mugshot, was arrested just after 8 pm on Sunday by a cop carrying out a routine patrol in the St Augustine area.

Almost every inch of the 25-year-old offender’s face is coated in tattoos.

His most recent mugshot shows a pierced eyebrow and tattoos that cover his whole neck.

In the earliest arrest mugshots, in October 2009 when he was 18 (left), shows a fresh-faced Hardister and right during a 2011 arrest

On Sunday, the St Augustine Beach officer ran the plates of an unoccupied Chrysler Sebring, which had been stolen out of Marion County.

According to a statement by police, the cop called for backup and set up surveillance of the stolen car.

Shortly after, Hardister went up to the car and sat in the driver’s seat.

Hardister was quickly arrested without incident and later admitted that he was aware that the car was stolen.

In 2012, Hardister had added a teardrop and bright yellow hair (left) and in February 2013, he had added multiple inkings; an HSL design on his neck, stars on his right cheek, the letter F on his other cheek, and floral designs up to his forehead

He continued to say that he was a drug dealer that had “fronted” an unknown individual meth in exchange for the car.

Hardister added that he had a lot of experience in “boosting” vehicles from people.

Police also learned that Hardister was wanted on a warrant in North Carolina for breaking his parole.

In 2016, Hardister was arrested for stealing a truck. At that time, his tattooed-face showed three tear drops with a star under his right eye while his cheek is inked with a half-skeletal mouth.

Hardister’s forehead is a block of solid greed, and his entire neck resembled a graffiti wall.

However, one of his earlier mugshots from 2009 when he was 18, shows a fresh-faced man, with floppy hair and no tattoos, flashing a grin to the camera.

In February 2014, Hardister added an ‘SS’ between his eyebrows (left) and by the end of 2014, when he was arrested in October, he had thick swathes of black ink on his face, ‘stitches’ for eyebrows and the word ‘dead’ tattooed across his head (right)

He was then arrested multiple times over the next seven years – a majority of which was for car theft, the Daily Mail reported.

Every time he found himself back at the precinct, his mugshot would show a new tattoo.

His first addition was a neck tattoo, seen in his mugshot from 2011.

By the next year, he had tattooed a teardrop – which can represent the murder of someone or had someone close to them murdered.

In his shot from 2013, he had added multiple tattoos; an HSL design on his neck, stars on his cheek, the letter F on his other cheek, and flower designs that led up to his forehead.

The next year he added ‘SS’ between his eyebrows and by the end of 2014, he had thick [atches of black ink on his face, “stitches” for eyebrows and the word “dead” branded across his head.

He has continued to add to his facial tattoos and when he was arrested in July last year, his face (left) was covered. Hardister is also pictured in September 2016 (right)

He has continued to add to his tattoos, and when he was arrested in last year, his face was covered.

“I really don’t know what he has going on, he’s got a lot of everything,” said veteran tattoo artist Parker Beaudoin, told the Palm Beach Post.

Hardister has been arrested at least five times in Palm Beach. He was incarcerated for nine months in 2012 for vehicle theft.

The repeat offender was arrested in February 2013 by Tequesta officers for an out-of-town warrant and then just two days later on multiple charges including robbery.

He was arrested again in July that year for violating his probation.

His arrest on September 23rd occurred after police discovered him sleeping behind the wheel of a stolen pickup in the parking lot of a Walmart.

Hardister told authorities he paid a friend $20 to borrow the vehicle so he could move furniture into his new home.He argued he was not aware that it was stolen.

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