I feel that intense is a word that can define many of us. 1
Plus the art is gorgeous. It seems feminine and powerful at the same time.
Resilience is such a powerful word. 2
It's something that our ancestors had and passed on to us. You have to be resilient to leave your home and make a life somewhere else.
Those colors and her fierce face shows who we are. 3
This tattoo shows the richness of our culture.
"(S)he smiles at me from heaven," says this tattoo. 5
It's a beautiful message written in Spanish to send a loved one who has passed.
It's such an small word, in Spanish even more, but conveys so much. 6
We all need to have faith in ourselves and in others. And if you're religious, in your God.
"There are no more princesses from fairy tales," it says. 7
Finally! Those poor girls went through so much just to get the prince. We aim for so much more.
"Letting go is not about saying goodbye, but thank you." 8
Like Dr. Seuss says: "Don't cry because it ended. Smile because it happened."
"Only what you forget dies," reads this tattoo. 9
Who do you keep in your memories?
"Family. Perhaps we don't have all the riches in the world but together we have everything." 11
So true and so beautiful.
"Kisses that dance." 12
This is what life is all about.
What about a calendar? 13
An Aztec calendar to be precise. This one is clearly on a man's shoulder, but there is no reason why it can't be on a woman.
Say hello to Tlaloc! 14
Tlaloc is the Aztec god of rain/water. He's kind of cute in a ferocious way.
Un corazón sagrado. 15
A sacred heart isn't symbolic just for Latinas, but it is very much a part of the culture of Latinas who grew up Catholic and it feels very relevant.
"Don't be self-conchas!" 16
OMAIGA, so funny or should we say "pun-ny!"
Pan dulce and a shout out! 18
A sweet shout out to nana. It's like a tattoo ofrenda.
For real conchudas! 19
Love how this tattoo is right on her spine. That takes backbone!
Imagery that recalls the past. 20
Images and symbolism form the past help us feel connected with those who came before us.
Our history starts before the Spanish came. 21
In the Americas, the imagery and art that was created before the arrival of the Spanish is amazing.
Where you from? 22
This tattoo makes it clear that Guanajuato is in da house!
She's Latina! 23
Everyone knows that La Virgen de Guadalupe is a proud Latina. And if they don't know, then they must not know who she is.
Is it coming or going? 25
¿Quién sabe? The original Aztec double-headed serpent that this tattoo is based on is made out of wood and decorated with turquoise and shells.
A Mayan bird. 26
The rendering that this bird is based on is over 2,000 years old.
Mayan design with lotus. 27
A love of Mexico led to the Mayan design being added under the lotus tattoo. They look pretty great together.
From Peru with love. 28
Isn't she lovely?
Pachamama in all her glory. 29
Pachamama is an Andean mother goddess associated with earth and time.
Let's not forget about Yemaya. 30
Yemaya is the Yorùbá Orisha goddess, the source of all waters and the mother of all orishas.
Looks good enough to eat. 32
If this makes your mouth water, chances are you grew up eating it.
Pollito asado, anyone? 33
😂 There is actually a lollipop shaped like a roasted chicken. You can't find it at your average American supermarket, but it's totally real.
How about a bony mermaid? 34
This mermaid is clearly Latina because she's all about Day of the Dead.
Let's not leave out La Sirena, though. 35
Then there's the lotería sirena, who is also Latina.
Dang, bird tattoos are popular. 36
This bird is part of the lotería family too.
Shot to the corazón. 37
This is a hearty way to represent cultura.
Trifecta tattoo option. 39
This combines food, religion and a luchador.
Say it with a flag. 40
You can always show your pride with a flag.