Healed shot of Monte's gangster themed tattoo by Robert Pho.
Gangster themed tattoos, mob related tattoos, call it what you want, but they're inspiring and powerful. Our obsession with the bad guy comes with a reason. The power they provide, and their disregard for the law empowers us, and while we all don't want to break the law, there is something that draws us towards these characters - some of which are fictional and some who happen to be real.
Gangster related films really started in the early 30's and 40's in France, but it wasn't till the Godfather trilogy, Scarface and Goodfellas, that these films became a major part of pop culture. While we don't necessarily idolize their occupation, we do idolize their power, wealth and ability to not give two cents of a sh*t. Especially in a world of political correctness, we're taught to bite our tongue but sometimes we'd really like to just put perpetrators out on front street.
With that said, this leg sleeve tattoo has become a hit as of late. Done on one our customers in Los Angeles, it took a month and a half to complete and it's a work of art. This is also a part of a project which will soon become a full body suit, so we'll keep you updated on the progress and we'll see you all at a show or expo soon.