Growing up in Southern California he has been exposed to a lotof the Chicano fine line, black and grey style of tattooing. "I found mymain tattoo artist and homeboy, G Creations, by way of Mr. Tanks Tattoo Shop,and it has been on and cracking ever since," the ink enthusiast expressed.
The majority of the ink that Big Cap wears represents greatleaders and powerful moments in Black history. Each and every one of theseicons and iconic moments played a vital role in American History and in theBlack community.
"I have several notable portraits, such as Malcolm X,Martin Luther King Jr., Huey P. Newton and the late, great Tupac Shakur,"he expressed, adding,"Out of all the tattoos that I have, if I hadto pick a favorite, it would be my depiction of the1965 Watts Riots,which is located on my left inner bicep."
The tattoo of the historical riot is an image from a Los Angeles Times news clipping, and thescene is that of a young Black male defending himself against a police officerand a police K-9. "Even though, it was considered to be a riot, to me itrepresented more of a stand off or a movement that we as African Americansshould fight against police brutality in our neighborhoods," he deeplyexpressed.
The reflection of Big Cap's ink shows the respect and the pridethat he has for Black culture, and also represents the strength of the community.Cap stated that when it comes to ink he is "physically and literally'urban inked.'"
Photography by Chauncy Miller (Xerxes Style Company)
Article by Jen Gomez