During the Santa Fe Photography Workshop that I took we had a photo shoot with some young men with tattoos.
What was interesting was that these young men had never modeled before. This photo shoot thing was as new for them as shooting a model was for me. I was the first one to shoot the young men and so I was the one to ask them to take off their shirts. They were very uneasy with stripping down to the waist for some old gringa. There was a lot of hesitation and teasing each other as they did it. So I tried to focus on the tattoos. Su bebe? Esposa? Oh, El Virgen! Muy bonita! That helped a little. But they didn't know what to do and since this was my first time to give direction to a model, I wasn't too sure what they should do either. With my bad Spanish, I struck the pose first and then they tried to do the same thing. After about 10 minutes we were working and I was clicking the shutter.
Out of all the things we did in the workshop, I think that working with these young men may have been one of my favorites. I'm encouraged to ask someone to model for me. Even if it never becomes a project or goes anywhere, it is a learning experience.
Anybody know where I can find some young men with tattoos?