PRISON TATTOO ART!
Live Now Laugh Later
Art is like a weed; it can grow anywhere and flourish in even the harshest conditions. One place this is evident is in the US prison system, on the bodies of the inmates in the form of tattoos. On the “outside,” people get inked for many different reasons, but inside the belly of the beast, convicts tell each other stories about themselves with their ink. This post is not meant to glorify the crimes that some of these people may have committed, but to show how these people have chosen to claim their tribes through the art of tattooing. The fact that their body art claims their gang or click is in its own way a prison. When you look at their work, you can see as much beauty in it as you do pain. I wish we could do away with the prison industrial complex, but keep the art that grows inside it! Check out this gallery of life and death after the jump…
All photos by Robert Gumpert except where noted*