Chicano is not just a tattoo style, but also form of art, a way of life and a powerful form of non-verbal language.

Born overseas, in the Latin districts of the United States, it acts as a bridge between different cultures and brings together American and Latin cultures through famous iconographies.

Posco Losco, Remember Me Tattoo, Bollate, Italy
Posco Losco, Remember Me Tattoo, Bollate, Italy

The Chicano drawings have very specific meanings, and on the skin they tell the story of a whole life. They often represent life experiences and philosophical concepts: power, success, seduction, wealth, but also suffering, pain and the danger represented by living on the streets.

Maarten Emily, Inkredible Ink Tattoo, Katwijk, The Netherlands
Maarten Emily, Inkredible Ink Tattoo, Katwijk, The Netherlands

Some recurring subjects are the masks that laugh and cry, cars, money, lettering of all kinds, guns, symbols of gambling, but also references to the Christian religion.

This week we have chosen to celebrate Chicano style with a selection of the best tattoos, recently made by the greatest interpreters of this style in the world.