One of the Illawarra's most infamously recognisable criminals plans to remove the facial tattoos that make him so distinctive, a court has heard.
High-ranking Finks bikie Troy Fornaciari wants to get rid of his famous ink, which include the words "Not Guilty" in running script on his left cheek, "In Gods Hands" (sic) on his chin and "Tuff Luck" in capital letters on his eyelids, saying he now finds them "embarrassing".
Defence lawyer Graeme Morrison told Wollongong Local Court on Thursday Fornaciari wanted to change the criminal lifestyle that has seen him locked up for more than a year on charges relating to his involvement with the Finks OMCG.
Court documents said police set up a special task force in 2017 focussing on Fornaciari's criminal activities.
In August that year, Fornaciari was seen bashing an associate in broad daylight after the man crashed while riding one of Fornaciari's motorcycles on the Princes Highway, Dapto.
Fornaciari swore at paramedics on-site who suggested a focus on the rider rather than the state of the bike, saying "f--k up, c---s, it's my f--king bike, it cost me 60 grand".
He issued a threat to police who arrived on scene: "it's all good and well 'til you get seen in the shopping centre or something".
Meanwhile, a police bug on Fornaciari's phone provided evidence of his efforts to establish the Finks' South Coast chapter and recruit willing participants.
This included setting up a clubhouse in an industrial unit in North Wollongong, which was raided by police in February last year.
Inside, police discovered a stolen vehicle, a black loaded pistol, ammunition and a silencer.
Fornaciari, who had been living inside the clubhouse, was arrested and charged with a host of offences.
In court on Thursday, Mr Morrison said Fornaciari was a man of "above average intelligence" and entrepreneurial-minded, who had plans to move interstate when released from jail.
He said the 35-year-old father-of-two had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and suffered "violent nightmares" after surviving a shooting in July 2017, but was now taking new medication that had made a "remarkable" difference.
Magistrate Susan McGowan will sentence Fornaciari on May 2.