2/27/08

LA CRUZ DEL PACHUCO

LOS TRES RAYOS ARE SAID TO REPRESENT
THE 3 DOTS (TRES PUNTOS) OF "LA VIDA LOCA"

ELABORATE CROSSES HAVE ADORNED MANY ARMS AND CHESTS
BUT THE SIMPLER LINES CROSS WAS FOUND MOST COMMONLY
INKED ON THE HAND WEB BETWEEN THE THUMB & THE FOREFINGER

IN TIME THE CROSS STOPPED BEING USED
AND THE 3 DOTS BECAME THE NORM
THE 3 DOTS ARE SAID TO BE THE VERY FIRST TACA
THAT A YOUNG VATO WILL STAMP ON

IN THE OLD CRUZ DEL PACHUCO SOMETIMES
AS MANY AS SEVEN RAYS COULD BE COUNTED
EACH RAY REPRESENTED A STINT DONE IN LA PINTA
OR A YEAR TIME DONE TORCIDO
IT COULD BE NO MORE THAN 7 RAYOS INKED ON
BUT NO LESS THAN 3 EITHER

THE 3 RAYS CROWNING THE CRUZ
ARE ALSO SAID TO REPRESENT
EL PADRE, EL HIJO Y EL ESPIRITU SANTO
TO COMPLETE THE CRUCIFIX GUARDING
THE SOUL WHO WORE IT PROUDLY.



El Pachuco decorated his body con tacas, lucky charms of sorts that gave reverence to someone or something very dear to his corazon, symbols for life!

A Jefita’s name or a crucifix, a rose or a heart traversed by a dagger, the tale of love!

Maybe some teardrops to compliment the pain he carries inside or a spider web to remind him that his life is still trapped in this sinister and wicked world.

A Virgen Guadalupana to watch his back or a Sagrado Corazon to show him the way.

A cross on his hand to guard him from serving up injustice or a ring of thorns on his neck as a reminder to fulfill his life before he departs.

His body is the shrine for all these and more, a visual exposition of the soul inside.

The ink marks represent peace and love, as well as pain and suffering, lagrimas y sonrisas, the experience of life blending together to claim the body they adorn.

Those things dearer to him, a Pachuco stamped early on, but today they are combined with gang shapes and symbols, from simple set initials, to majestic emblems of membership and rank.

From head to toe tacas can be found, and they tell the story of what is most dearest to the modern Pachuco.

Prison towers, block walls, windows with iron bars, cobwebs, calacas y mascaras or some olde-english letras, down to “A Black Hand or a Bloody Machete” The marks of La Eme or La Nuestra.

And so the Pachuco carries on with the tradition, in the form of the Vato Loco!