True Colors (Society’s Misconception About Tattoos)

By: Yeramar Casiano

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Angel Torres,18, a professional dancer dressed as a soldier for a presentation. Torres got his first tattoo at the age of 17. “I grew up on my own so each one of my tattoos has a different story to tell. They’re a reminder of my past.”

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Raul Seda,20, studying at University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez’ library on a recent Monday afternoon. Seda got his tattoo three years go. “The taino sun and the Puerto Rican flag represent my roots and love for my country.”

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Jose Segui, 23, is a Sociology student at the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez. “Why I got a tattoo? It does not has to have a meaning. I just like art and I think every person has their own way to express themselves.” He also has a Green Lantern tattoo on his wrist.

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Jennifer Rubio, 29, enjoying a family day on Mothers Day. “I am a mother of two, planning on finish my degree and hopefully get a full sleeve on my arm. Rubio has been a victim of society’s judgment because of her tattoos.

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Anthony Rivera, 32, having lunch on Sunday afternoon. “One day I felt like getting another tattoo and ended up with angels, demons and nuns on my arms.” He has been working in a factory for the past five years.

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Ivelisse Nicola, 35, is a sales representative at medical insurance company, First Plus. She has been working there for the past 6 years. “ As longs as I cover it with my watch or a bracelet nobody complains.”

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Luis Muñiz,38,working on a normal day at his auto part shop in Mayagüez. He opened this business a year ago and got a tattoo as a celebration. “ All I remember is that it hurt like hell.”

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Roberto Casiano, 40, working on his mini market on a recent Friday. “As long as you treat people nicely, nobody is going to care about your appearance.” He has been working 12 hours a day for the past four years and has witnessed the ups and downs of economy.

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Vanessa Camacho,43, is currently working at an office for the past 10 years. She recently got her ear pierced. ”My kids love the fact that I have tattoos and piercings.”

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Jose Fred, 58, playing piano at the plaza in Mayagüez on early March. A retired teacher that came to visit from Boston. “If you think this one on my leg is ugly, you do not want to see the one on my chest.”

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