The Hispanic community is continuously growing in the United States. In fact, they have created a strong presence in the country and influenced a lot of practices such as music and food. Fiesta time has always been the most popular Latino occasion to get a tattoo. Since Mexican celebrations are widely observed over the northern border, many Hispanic men and women also liked getting inked.
Cinco de Mayo is one of the most awaited Hispanic celebrations every year. They make it a point to celebrate and party during this time of the year because it represents their liberty. It’s the Mexicans version of the Fourth of July to relinquish the time when they gained their freedom from foreigners. Since they have been around the country for quite some time, the Cinco de Mayo is not only celebrated by the Americans, but also acknowledged the pride that comes with the event.
Since the Latinos are here to stay, the tattoos that they wore to represent what they are celebrating have also been adopted by many. Their strong pride in their heritage has paved the way for the rise of tattoos. One of the most popular designs is the geographic shape of their home state with their family crest or names.
Immigrants like having the ever popular flag motif, Mexican eagle or Star Spangled banner tattooed on them. These design choices are an attempt to cool down the flare up that often happens among the Americans who doesn’t approve of the Hispanic presence in their country. Some of the Mexican-Americans though choose more defiant designs such as the ‘anti-INS’ tattoo.
Tattoos and Religion
On a lighter note, political tattoos are still subordinate to religious tattoos. Since most Latinos are Catholics, they are fond of decorating their bodies with religious imagery too – sacred heart, crucifix, saints, etc. The most popular religious tattoo is that of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In Mexico, she is popularly known as La Virgen de Guadalupe or the Virgin of Guadalupe. She holds a very special place in the heart of the Hispanics.
The icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary is brown-skinned, her hands are clasped in prayer and has a somber look on her face. Usually, she’s standing on a crescent moon that is held up by an angel. The Hispanics say that a long time ago the Blessed Virgin revealed herself to a man and instructed him to build a church. Included in her instructions was to pick out some roses which make rose tattoo designs a very popular choice among the community too.