Ph: Alex John Beck
Prayers up for the parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr.
me with two day old hair and henna
His tattoo translates to ‘faggot’. WHY
Because i am one.
…do you speak or have any connection to Arabic? Can I wonder that out loud?
No I don’t. What i do have though is a connection to every gay male all over the world who has had this word, or something very similar, yelled at them from a car, or outside a club on the street, or walking home holding their boyfriends hand, or while being physically assaulted, with an intention to hurt and insult. By having this word tattooed on me, it means i OWN the word, ALL the words homophobes wanna use. I no longer find them insulting, therefore i can’t be insulted by them. I chose arabic, not because I’m a ‘stupid white male’ or because ‘i think its pretty’ but because i wanted it on me with as much hate as possible, to really drive home the point of getting it in the first place. I’m pretty sure the homophobe who uses this word on someone in Kuwait is literally spitting angry, hateful venom of the worst possible kind. I’ve had many arabs email me telling me that this word means ‘gay, but in a very insulting way’, so i chose the perfect word. This tattoo is for me, for them, and for you too @clockenfrau if you happen to be a faggot that’s ever experienced homophobia.
I’m all for reclaiming a hateful word, especially if it’s toward a community you’re part of if that’s how you feel toward it but that rationalization for getting it in Arabic, just…… what
The most wonderful thing I hear is people coming up and saying ‘Thank you for my childhood’, which still blows my mind but is very sweet.
San child with her grandmother (14 & 75) | Namibia| Marvin Havery
this is so so so so beautiful!