Meeting and tattooing with MC LUKA-MEXICO rap and tattoo always went well together. the proof? this interview with the mexican rapper MC LUCA at KUSTOM TATTOO with NIKO. Rap and tattoo always went well together. the proof? this interview with the mexican rapper MC LUCA at KUSTOM TATTOO with NIKO. A hard stare behind his shaded glasses, his hat on his head, MC LUKA is tough guy. At twelve he and his friends got bored in the suburb of mexico: ” we’ve created a machine to tatto ourselves. it was archaic but it worked!”.
Finally at foreteen MC LUCA get a real tattoo: a cross on the hand. “I’ve tried to hide it from my mother but when she discovered it she realy kicked my ass!” It’s a guy from the corner tattoo shop who made this first contribution to the rapper’s skin. ” I don’t even know what he has become. i made it without thinking. it’s cultural here”. In fact the mexican tattoo had been growing since a dozen of years. “Before tattooed men were considered as former prisoners but states of minds are changing. you can see more and more people in the tattoo studios”
And so tattoos spread on skins with the will to say where you come from. Aztecs figures, hispanic drawings adorn those brown skins.
To MC LUKA his tattoos tell a story:” my tattoos are at my image they are eternal scars.
They say who i am, where i come from and contantly remind me my origins”. The rapper also tells his story through his sharp lyrics. Creator of several small rap bands on the planet, MC LUKA spread his word from Milwaukee(usa) to Paris and his home town: Mexico. Thanks to his musical travels MC LUKA get tattooed by numerous tattoo artists from abroad. for exemple Mr Bratto from spain, Luison from mexico, Brujo from spain and it’s not finished. ” first there were my harms done by a friend from san diego in 1994. it represents two women wearing sombreros and latinos jewellery”.
In paris NIKO from KUSTOM TATTOO tattooed his left calf. In belgium Vani worked on his left elbow. “all my tattoos have a precise meaning. thats the particularity of mexican tattoo. here we don’t get tattooed only because it’s beatyfull. the works have a real meaning”. For his last work MC LUKA prefered lettering his “DF” on each arms made by an aboriginal tattooer, is his birth place. “Chicalango” proudly wore on his neck is a spanish pun well known there. Finally the last is a tribute to his mother. Attracted by tattoo since his young age MC LUKA refuse to use color ” i prefer it on very white skins. it’s realy good in the oldschool pieces but on me it’s not possible.” Definitely black and white, MC LUKA’s travels enable him to fullfill his two passions: ink and street music, definitely nothing is randome!