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March 20, 2017 Comments Off on Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi-hiv tattoo

Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi. Man in his house looking out.

Man in poor house. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Man wearing heels. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi.

Prostitution in Mexico. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Mexican transexual. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Strong face expression of man dying. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Kids seeing moribund man with tattoos. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Poor guy dying from hiv with tattoos laying in bed. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Prostitution in Mexico. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Poor guy dying from hiv with tattoos. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Mexican transexuals getting ready. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi

I didn't really know about the photographer until just recently when a friend of mine living in Paris shared this amazingly diverse list of 34 women photographers that Time Magazine put together. Many amazing artists there so go ahead, explore, learn , and check them out.

Now back to what brought you here. Oasis by Meeri Koutaniemi is a powerful photo reportage focused on four men who live with HIV in Oasis de San Juan de Dios, what seems to be the only location who would help them out somewhere in a dry Mexican desert. These outcasts men/women live alienated by society due to their sexual orientation and deadly health issues however they live a life of faith; heads up and looking forward to the future.

For me, I have mixed feelings about the pictures. It makes me happy to know they are able to express who they are and be themselves no matter what. But you can clearly see they are definitely not in their best time of their lives. I have a sense of sadness noting how their hands are tied with a lack of financial stability, government support and maybe their family members are not even helping them out.

That poor man that is about to die is silently suffering a very slow death. The kids and everybody else know that but what else can be done? I just wish this kind of photography can raise awareness for gender equality issues, aids, HIV, social inequality, and more. Photography can be a powerful voice for these men. I'm doing my part but what can you do? See the sharing buttons below? Click and spread the word! It may seem something unimportant but it does help.

For more of Meeri Koutaniemi's photography work please visit her website, see the rest of the images in the series and let me know your thoughts.



March 12, 2017 Comments Off on Prison Tattoos | El Salvador

Prison Tattoos | El Salvador

Priest with prison tattoos in El Salvador by Piet den Blanken.
Father with prison tattoos in El Salvador by Piet den Blanken.

Mara Salvatrucha prison tattoos in El Salvador by Piet den Blanken.

Jailed or prison tattoos in El Salvador by Piet den Blanken.

Prison tattoos in El Salvador by Piet den Blanken.


Prison Tattoos by Piet den Blanken

I recently discovered these images full of prison tattoos in El Salvador. They are from an amazing Dutch photojournalist by the name of Piet den Blanken. His website has so many different photo series from immigration and emigration in Costa Rica,  prostitution and sex workers in other places, gangs in El Salvador of course, and many, many other subjects. He has also shot in many countries throughout the years. I chose to show this ones because of how powerful the looks are. You can feel the struggle from these people. Although they may be behind bars they are not animals man, you can sense their emotion and humanity.

Unfortunately the website is in Dutch so I can't really read what's going on but the images speak for themselves. I encourage you to visit Piet den Blanken website to learn more. You can also see older posts I made about American photographer Bruce Jackson and Chilean Raul Goycoolea with lots more prison tattoo photos.

Go there and be fascinated by great photography. Have fun and don't forget to share the page with your people!


March 4, 2017 Comments Off on Aleluya!


Tattoo photography blog

I finally have the website up. This project has never been and will never be your traditional tattoo photography blog. This is all about honest tattoos but check the other sections for more on that. I hope to keep posting consistently and sharing the stuff I find while doing one of the things I enjoy the research.

This time around though I want to use the platform to also share when my favorite tattooers from all over will be in town, also punk and art shows among many other things. I want to thank all the friends and others from around the world who have been sharing really amazing stuff with me. Special thanks to my namesake Raphael Lopez for the sick video from Cannes in the About section. This dude has the same name as I so no wonder has such great taste!

Check him out! @_rien__a__foutre_