The Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota live near the site of the massacre of over 250 Lakota Sioux, at Wounded Knee Creek (1890). They recount a long history of violated treaties and broken promises on the part of successive US governments. In 1980, after the longest-running court case in US history, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Black Hills territory, land sacred to the Sioux, had been seized illegally after gold was discovered there in 1874. The court awarded a compensation payment of US$ 106 million, but the Sioux refused the money and demanded return of the lands. Today, Pine ridge is one of the poorest parts of the US, with unemployment in places reaching 90 percent, and a male life expectancy of 48. Pine Ridge is seeing an upsurge in resistance movements, and a revival of traditional spiritual ways. The sun dance has returned, after nearly disappearing, and people are teaching language, horse skills, and ceremonies to the youth.
Photography by Aaron Huey.
SOMEONE FIXED IT.
From Scott Versago: “I got to tackle the official “#1 worst portrait tattoo in the world” today. I’m sure you’ve all seen it a million times online, as had I. I couldn’t believe my eyes when this guy walked in and showed me this project. I think my jaw literally hit the floor. He went on to tell me the story behind the portrait; He had just married his beautiful wife and not even three months afterwards she was killed in a horrible house fire accident leaving him to raise their three children alone. Shortly after he went to a local tattoo studio to memorialize his wife and was left with this abomination. He later returned to that studio for one more session, thinking that perhaps “he had done something wrong in the healing of the tattoo” and they butchered it even more the second time. Finally, he drove all the way to my studio, Empire Ink, just to meet me and to see what his options were. Touched by his story, I gifted the entire project to him for free. Now he has closure and I have an amazing story to add to my portfolio!”
STREET ART BY JULIEN MALLAND AKA ‘SETH’
The French artist Julien Malland aka “Seth” or Globepainter (facebook) as he calls himself, is on a mission to cover the world with his colourful street art. Originality in Globepainter’s street art is that his work incorporates local symbols and subjects from the surroundings.
- With Gone, Broken Fingaz (Paris-FR 08/06/2012)
- 209 st (Phnom Penh, Cambodia 01/04/2012)
- With Charquipunk (Paris-FR, 01/04/2012)
- With Lima and Jok, ONOFF (Paris-FR, 28/07/2010)
- Chongqing Boy (Chongqing, China, 28/07/2010)
- Glorious Fast Food Boy (Hong Kong, China, 28/07/2010)
- Mumbai, India 13/03/2010