Photographer Isabel Muñoz studied members of the Mara Salvatrucha gangs from Los Angeles and Central American prisons; her work was put on display in downtown Mexico City in October of 2008. Muñoz spent time in prisons in El Salvador photographing the intricate facial, chest and extremity tattoos that feature variations of the gang’s name, which is often abbreviated to “MS” or “MS-13.” The number 13 represents the 13th letter of the alphabet, “M,” referring to “La Eme,” or the Mexican Mafia. The combination of El Salvadorian and Mexican gang affiliations represents solidarity and alliance among Southern California Hispanic gangs. MS-13’s affiliation with Southern California is also exemplified by the words “Sureño” or “Sur,” meaning “Southern” and “South,” respectively, which are also often seen tattooed on MS-13 gang members. [x]
Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most famous painters in the world and my favourite history crush. Plagued by mental illness and an unsupportive world, this beautiful man managed to create some of the most cherished paintings in the whole world. He committed suicide at the age of 37 with only one of his paintings sold. He had a beautiful vision of the world even if no one would agree with him. A terribly sad ending to such a magnificent and beautiful man.