Latino Tattoos Bennington VT
Latino, Hispanic & Mexican Tattoo Designs - 'Latino tattoos'-we're making reference here to Mexican nationals and to the Americans of Mexican descent living along the border states from California to the Gulf of Mexico (Arizona, New Mexico and Texas) - and their favourite tattoo motifs.The Latino presence in the U.S. is growing in just about every aspect of American culture (in fact, in many parts of the US, Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic segment of the population), particularly food and music. Mexican celebrations have naturally spilled north over the border, which is important when it comes to tattoo culture, since fiesta time is a popular occasion to be tattooed.
One of the biggest fiestas - and a reason to celebrate and party - is known as Cinco de Mayo (May the 5th 1862) , a celebration of freedom and liberty. It's the Mexican version of the Fourth of July-not their independence day, but a party to celebrate the vanquishing of foreign invaders. Little wonder that Americans from all over the union are starting to embrace the Cinco de Mayo celebration, and to acknowledge the Mexican pride that comes with it.
Mexican pride is here to stay, and the tattoos that announce it are worn mainly by Latinos who've ventured north of the border for work. Pride of heritage has given birth to a genre of tattoo that includes the geographic shape of their home state-Oaxaca, Michoacan, Sonora, for instance-combined with a family name or crest. For some immigrants, the ever-popular flag motif appears as a pair of flags, the Star Spangled Banner and the Mexican eagle . Perhaps this tattoo is an attempt to cool frictions that often flare up while living amongst those few Americans who resent the Chicano presence in the U.S. That antagonism has caused some Mexican-Americans to fight back with Latino tattoos that are defiantly pro-Mexican-or defiantly anti-American. Like an 'anti-INS' tattoo.
La Migra, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, is a favourite tattoo-target for immigrants who've found the border to be hostile territory. Once the migrant has legally established an American base, however, he or she may commission a more benign tattoo, like a portrait, the likeness of a wife or child, as a reminder of loved ones left behind. More radical immigrants may take up the cause of 'worker rights', and take on a tattoo celebrating historic labor heroes like Cesar Chavez, a Mexican-American who fought for the rights of migrant farm workers in America.
But political tattoos can't compete with religious tattoos among Mexicans on the both sides of the border in terms of outright popularity. Most Latinos are Roman Catholics, whose homes are decorated with a host of religious imagery that includes the sacred heart , crosses , crucifixes, saints, and Jesus , either in the classic sacred heart, or depicted on a cross. Many Latinos feel further compelled to imprint themselves with these icons of faith, as tattoos....