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Intense Portraits of Mexico City Men with Tattooed Necks, Heads and Faces

Carlos Alvarez Montero scars tattoos photography

In 2006 I started working on a series (M of Michoacan) about gang culture in small towns in Mexico as a result of the immigration phenomenon. During this time I met Jimmy “El Pinto” Lopez, an OG from a small town in Michoacán, México; he has tattoos all over his body, head and face. When I asked him about their meaning he said, “They are the marks of a warrior, of wars I have fought, so, when someone sees me on the streets they know I’m ready to fight”. This quote kept spinning in my head for a while until I finally decided to make a series of portraits focusing on the relationship between tattoos and the people who have them; tattoos as self-inflicted scars that change and define how they are perceived. I chose subjects that had tattooed their neck, head and/or face, as they can’t be hidden, taking their commitment to the highest level.—Carlos Alvarez Montero

Carlos Alvarez Montero is a Mexico City-based photographer. SCARS is a series composed of 20 portraits of Mexico City locals that decided to engrave ink marks on their neck/face as a statement of their life experiences.

Carlos Alvarez Montero scars tattoos photography

Carlos Alvarez Montero scars tattoos photography

Carlos Alvarez Montero scars tattoos photography

Carlos Alvarez Montero scars tattoos photography

Carlos Alvarez Montero scars tattoos photography

Carlos Alvarez Montero scars tattoos photography

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