Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Nina Parks's Life in Black and White: Tattoo America

A few months back I started a project having to do with, the experiences of individuals born of mixxed race. This was the first of many shots to come. MC Krush eL is half-White half- Filipino. Yesterday I accompanied him to Skull & Sword tattoo to get the first of two eagles tattooed on his chest by Norm. This first eagle is a traditional American Eagle symbolizing one half of his experience. When asked why and eagle Krush simply explained that each of his halfs, have an eagle as their bird, both strong, swift and the King of their skies. All elements that he wants to perpetuate in his own life. As for myself I learned that even though the two eagles come from different regions of the world they still mean the same thing to the people that recognize the symbol. Stay tuned for the next trip to get the Filipino Eagle tatted on the left side of his chest. (Check out the Sister story here)

1 comment:

Rambling Rose said...

Awesome photo essay!I can practically hear those tattoo guns a buzzing...