SANTA OBRERA - TRADITIONAL TATTOOS & PIERCINGS
Mr Mauricio Alberto Hernadez Victoria
Mexico City, Mexico
GPS 19°24'49.6"N 99°08'38.3"W
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"As long as its spicy"
Mexico is one of the top countries in the world for tattooing. The prices are fair, the quality standards very high and the studios are professional. Before getting a tattoo it is very important to communicate well with the artist. You don’t want to be sorry after.
Mauricio is a tattoo artist and has a shop in Mexico city. He is a very cool guy and a real good artist. Mauricio’s specialty are traditional, old school tattoos, like a mermaid on a sailor’s arm, skulls and religious figures like the Madonna. In his tattoo shop there is a sign: “If you tip good, it won’t hurt as much.”
Besides tattooing, Mauricio sells typical Mexican piercings, made of stone. In his shop one can also buy nice t-shirts, cool shoes and accessories. When he stumbles onto something he likes, he offers it to his customers.
He has a lot of tattoos, old ones, newer ones. One is of a molcajete, that’s a masher for herbs. Underneath is written: as long as it’s spicy. He really likes his spicy food, like most Mexicans. In the Mexican tattoo art there are a lot of skulls. However, this is not something morbid or scary. Mexicans are not afraid of death, they accept it. They like to laugh and celebrate life.
Did you know Mexicans have a holiday that lasts a couple of days called: Día de los Muertos? Family and friends gather and pray to remember family or friends that have past away. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Mexicans make a real party these three days, making music, dancing and telling jokes and funny stories about the deceased.
So, if are ever in Mexico, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, don’t forget to fiësta like there is no mañana!
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