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  1. Simbarashe

    July 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Well, you’ve managed to leave me speechless..
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  2. Tina @ Tinacious Me

    July 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    wow powerful!
    http://www.tinacious.me/

  3. Martha

    July 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Wow this is a scary picture, are these tattoos or did someone write this on her face with some color? It would be interesting to get to know the story behind that face. http://madrilicious.com

    • ICameForTheShrimp

      August 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

      That’s a man.

  4. Peter

    July 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    The close-up portraits of men you’ve been doing are so major – this captures so much. Is the writing permanent tattoo? I hope so; it’s exquisite.

    x Peter @ http://low–couture.blogspot.com

    • Poppy

      July 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

      They look like fake tattoo’s..you can see the flaking glue if you look close on each one. Espicially the right cheek (our left). Very nice photo though – love the earing!

      • rae

        July 28, 2012 at 12:06 am

        Agree

  5. Peace

    July 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Wow! I would love to know what those tattoos mean.

  6. cassaundra

    July 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    i wish so bad i knew what they say.

  7. bee5

    July 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    This is, quite simply, the most beautiful picture I’ve seen here yet. This is living proof of lifestyle and self worn on the skin. ‘Tattoo’ is a pale word for what he wears on his face!

  8. Andrew89

    July 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Could he have gotten those words tattooed onto his face? If so, that’s pretty out there.

    Translation?

  9. Michelle Kaufman

    July 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    what does his face say?

  10. Hannah

    July 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    This is a really interesting shot. It renders me speechless.
    -Hannah
    http://www.hannahsfashionblog.com/

  11. serdane

    July 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Very nice face. I’m so proud to say that I’m parisian cause of the obvious diversity of culture which finds its voice in fashion too. Woupwoup !!

    http://www.younglington.wordpress.com

  12. lintmag

    July 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Very cool photo – would love more info on him and the words.

  13. The Curious Historian

    July 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Hmm… I wonder where he is from? That has a lot to do with what is written on his face I am sure. If it were zoomed in a little I could make out some of the words. The cross on his right ear signifies something too. Interesting picture in that it is both beautiful yet mysterious for any viewer.

  14. Madara

    July 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Wow… impressive and strong look!

    http://www.madarafreimane.blogspot.com

  15. Erik

    July 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Amazing one!

  16. lucloset

    July 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Amazing pic!!!!!
    http://www.lucloset.com

  17. Ivona

    July 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Not a fan of tattoos on the face but this is just beautiful! There’s some sense of pride and pain in his eyes…

    http://www.fashionsteps.wordpress.com
    Iwarra

  18. Jordan Holloway

    July 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    cool as fck scott.

  19. Monsieur Marcel

    July 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I may not know
    the meaning of the ink on his face,
    but I can feel them
    by the look in his eyes.

  20. Eric

    July 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Wow, very powerful image.

    http://clearimagery.com

  21. antique engagement rings

    July 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    crazy shot… really interesting!

  22. Natasha

    July 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Are those tattoos? Pulling my screen right up to my face – they look like stickers.
    I wonder what they say?

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  23. Dio

    July 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Facial tattoos with curative purpose is quite common in Iraq, it is however more frequently used by women.

    Great emotions in the picture!

  24. Simona

    July 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I love his style – the eastern tattoos, the cap, earring, his expression…

  25. Laura

    July 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Fake tatoos on the face? Don’t really like it!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  26. Eva

    July 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Impressive and somehow touching photo! Beautiful!

    http://Www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  27. Kate

    July 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

  28. Jazz Seijii

    July 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Wow, what a powerful image!

  29. Tonia

    July 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    This is such a beautiful and powerful image. He has a such a soulful face – and those penetrating eyes ! What is his story? What does the script on his face say? Can anyone offer a translation?

  30. berkshire mems

    July 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Oh dear.

  31. ttea

    July 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I like how the photo is completely centered on him. He is the only thing in focus and the background is just that, a background. There are so many people with tattoos, a lot of them of have poems are inspirational messages on them, but there is something a lot stronger about these tattoos, despite the fact they’re unreadable to me.

    http://fashionananthropologicalpointofview.blogspot.ca/

  32. Miss K

    July 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Please elaborate on the tattoo mystery…

  33. *sP

    July 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    heard of face tats referred to as, “job-stoppers”…
    nonetheless, they are arresting.

  34. Martha

    July 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Fierce….but kind of scary ;)

  35. Bohemian Style

    July 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    The seemingly contrast of the tats and bling are so very intriguing.

    theBohmerian.com

  36. YQS

    July 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Wow. Behind those eyes is an old soul…you can tell that he has so much life experience for such a young age. Unfortunately, it looks like much of it has been filled with sadness. Great photo.

  37. bilbo

    July 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    You don’t want to know what they mean…it’s more powerful without.

    One of them is his astrological sign; another is a common Arabic expression similar to YOLO.

  38. Martine

    July 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Incredibly interesting photo. Very powerful. This goes so far beyond fashion photography that its crazy, but still somehow, thats exactly what it is. Scott’s work just gets more amazing all the time. The face is so beautiful, and the tattoos are so beautiful. its so personal, i almost feel like i am intruding by looking at this. I am actually glad I don’t know what they say, its even better that way.

  39. Doni Brown

    July 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I love everything about this photo!

    http://thatstyleriot.blogspot.com/

  40. THE STEL STYLE

    July 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Amazing picture

    http://thestelstyle.com/

  41. martine

    July 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Deuteronomy 11:18 Therefore shall ye lay up these words on your heart and your soul. Wear them as symbols on your hands and wear them also on your forehead as reminders.

    Anyone else thinking of that particular passage, or just me?

  42. Highland Fashionista

    July 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Wow. Just….wow One of the best photos I’ve seen on a blog in a long time. Much appreciated, sir. Well done.

  43. MaricruzLA

    July 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    The photo it’s speechless and his expression it’s more, love so much, and I want so badly know something about him, !!

    http://www.lam-style.blogspot.com

  44. Robert

    July 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I LOOOOVE this portrait. It’s amazing. I can feel the emotion in his gaze. The colors are great. Everything about it catches the eye. Excelent. kudos! :) Cheers from Milan.

    http://www.OldScratchedVinyl.com :: Photography+Fashion+Rants

  45. MrEssentialist

    July 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Those are some intense tattoos!
    http://www.MrEssentialist.com

  46. Adri

    July 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Awesome portrait! Congrats!

  47. Cassiopea

    July 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    It’s simply perfect! Speechless.

  48. Grysh Co

    July 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Great photo :)

  49. SebastianMx

    July 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Wow!!! It looks amazing!!!

    http://mytigermx.blogspot.mx

  50. The slow pace

    July 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    There must be incredible stories and feelings behind those tattoos…

  51. Alessandra Frega

    July 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

  52. Votre Amie

    July 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  53. I must confess that I’m a bit afraid of this man… but the photo is really cool, you are an artist!
    xoxo
    M.

    http://www.mesvoyagesaparis.com/

  54. CBC

    July 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    what sticks out to me is his earring….for all we know it could say ….peace to all…..or writings from the koran…..or fashion bullshit…at least he wrote small…and hopefully in ink(pen)..his face is broken out tooo

  55. Sevan

    July 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Very powerful close-up. His eyes are so sad or full of wisdom, maybe both after experiencing life at such a young age.

  56. Gina

    July 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    im a muslim..but i thnk its scaryy ! when i saw on thumbnail its pretty cool but when i view it large.. o shaits! i hope someone paint on him

    but then again, cool finding scott !

  57. monalisa2

    July 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    A close look reveals the “tats” to be stuck on with clear tape. The eyes are much more interesting.

  58. M.Z

    July 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Jo m’apunto a aquest estil, però sense tatoo. Portar escrit paraules, poemes, qualsevol idea, etc al teu cos. Em falta saber amb què escriure. Quan ho trobe-ho serĂ  perfecte.
    UN Tatoo amb idees i que desapareix amb el temps, com tot!
    AIXÒ ÉS EL QUÈ M’AGRADARIA. (en catalĂ )

  59. Gon

    July 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

  60. Ahmad

    July 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    One of the most amazing pictures here! Love the tattoo’s, I wonder what they say/mean.
    http://anarkalilovesme.blogspot.ca/

  61. Zeynep

    July 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    This totally reminds me of Shirin Neshat’s Women of Allah series. A must to check out.
    Here’s just one of those incredibly powerful images.
    http://www.artitude.eu/immagini/pillole-di-arte/neshat1-2502112108172.jpg

  62. Name*

    July 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    You have out done yourself. Incredible.

  63. Stephanie

    July 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    This is striking, but also feels profoundly unsettling given the ethnic tensions in France.

  64. Davis

    July 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I can’t breath looking at this boy’s face.

  65. Fashionablyflippant

    July 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I found this picture really interesting. When I first saw it, the symbols (which I thought resembled arabic signs) co-existed with the cross. But then I notice the ratio of the symbols to the cross and that leads my thinking in another direction. And then I realise that the picture has achieved its purpose through individual perception. It then takes shape into being a work of art, a portraiture of individuality being spoken through fashion. Very cool!

  66. Tre Fambro

    July 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    The lioness-like growl in her eyes is powerful and chill-giving. There is no other like Schumann!

  67. S.Singh

    July 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Words can’t even describe what a beautiful pic it is. Simple yet so powerful!

  68. Julia

    July 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    He looks so sad…

  69. Hugo

    July 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Disturbing.

  70. lyyff

    July 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    So powerful and captivating. Love it!

  71. javiera

    July 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Beatiful!!!

  72. Celes

    July 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I´m in love. I see it as a Peace statement, the absurdity of war, we are diferent, we are equal…
    Although I don´t think he got tattoed, I can see kind of blur from common ink… maybe I´m wrong. Best picture in a long time, thank you!

  73. Lauren (BestTrendz)

    July 10, 2012 at 12:18 am

    What a powerful photo. I wish I knew what his tattoos mean.

  74. Kef

    July 10, 2012 at 12:46 am

    1) Friends don’t let friends mistake their faces for thought bubbles in cartoons.

    2) This man is now stuck with a lifetime of trying to live up to the words he’s had incribed. How else to validate his once decision?

  75. MaoMao

    July 10, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Doesnt look like permanent tattoos. Can see shading around the words which is typical of stick on tattoos..
    Strong face that seems to be able to convey whatever message he wants to relay.

  76. Philippe Philippe

    July 10, 2012 at 1:33 am

  77. Alison

    July 10, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Such an amazing photo. He really has me captivated!

    http://www.stylingmylife.com

  78. Michelle Lee

    July 10, 2012 at 2:12 am

    powerful photo

  79. edwin

    July 10, 2012 at 2:16 am

    they are stickers you can see the edges on his face, especially on the right cheek and throat

  80. WhiteCloset

    July 10, 2012 at 2:20 am

    those tattoos are incred

  81. Irene's closet

    July 10, 2012 at 2:23 am

  82. almudena

    July 10, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Incredibe pict!
    Almu
    http://www.mavieenroseblog.com/

  83. linda wright

    July 10, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Arresting picture. I questioned in the beginning if it was a man or a woman. I suppose the answer is the obvious stubble of a beard. However, this young person is a Preacher of co-habitation in our society. I am grateful.

  84. adrianna

    July 10, 2012 at 2:45 am

    grand portrait really… I’m sssso much impressed! I couldn’t stop look at the face and read…
    is he said? oh, yes, for certain!
    despaired? … may be… mad?..
    a great mystery is written (and – literally: written!..) on his face…..

  85. une chatte grise

    July 10, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I too see the edges of the transfer material… but I think that any imagery worn on the face, temporary or permanent, is very striking & not done lightly. He looks beautiful. And I want to know what the words say and if & how they connect to the look in his eyes.

  86. dalit

    July 10, 2012 at 3:18 am

    strong photo that one can’t be indifferent to
    either you’re in love or you’re terrified

    I haven’t decided yet…

  87. Anji

    July 10, 2012 at 3:23 am

    What entrances me about this photo is not just his tats (ok they are very striking)

    but that he is so young and yet he looks so steely…like he has been through a lot.

  88. Johnny

    July 10, 2012 at 3:43 am

    His look is intense!

  89. Mira

    July 10, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Are that tattoos? I like tattoos but not on the face. I wonder what they mean
    xo

    glamDevils

  90. Pauline

    July 10, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I love a powerful picture! There’s so many things just in his look!

  91. http://wildand3.blogspot.com/

    July 10, 2012 at 4:25 am

    this man is genius!

  92. ArcticSummer

    July 10, 2012 at 4:34 am

    This photo leaves me curious to know more about the subject.. I’m convinced he has an interesting story to tell. Very powerful shot.

  93. STYLE ALPHABET

    July 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

    The tats are stickers but the focus should be on the intensity of the eyes.
    Powerful photos and great find scott.

    http://www.stylealphabet.com/lookbook

  94. Name*

    July 10, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Very impressive face whether his tattoos are real or not.

  95. Iliyana

    July 10, 2012 at 5:26 am

    so memorable and impressive!

    check out my giveaway on:
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  96. mattiabdk

    July 10, 2012 at 5:33 am

  97. Dominika of FASHION PHILOSOPHY

    July 10, 2012 at 5:44 am

    what a beautiful, beautiful picture!
    <3

    FASHION PHILOSOPHY
    http://www.fashionphilosophy.net

  98. mMore

    July 10, 2012 at 5:50 am

    10 letters:
    too I-N-t-e-n-s-e!

  99. Kali

    July 10, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I wonder what those words mean…

  100. Carmen

    July 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Amazing! those words written in his face seems to be his thoughts, shouting them quietly to the world….

    http://nyfacades.blogspot.com/

  101. erda

    July 10, 2012 at 6:43 am

    this picture is amazing! I would like so much to know what those words mean.

  102. Wallace

    July 10, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Wow. What a beautiful portrait. Another amazing photo. Wallace
    http://www.curbstr.com

  103. MAIALA

    July 10, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Entrancingly powerful. One of your best shots, Scott. xx
    MAIALA

    Twitter:@maiala

    http://www.maialathel.com

  104. Sarka

    July 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

    This is in the realm of photojournalism. This is a fantastic shot and you have captured a part of his spirit!

  105. Simone

    July 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I’d like to know what those tattoos mean

  106. Benjjio

    July 10, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I need to see the shoes before I pass judgement.

  107. Roger

    July 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Great idea to use the face as a billboard, assuming they’re just non-permanent…but if they’re tattoos? Well, that’s just stupid.

  108. CBC

    July 10, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Yes…….who ever posted that he wrote on clear tape…..eagle eyes

  109. Lindy702

    July 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

    A different perspective for you. Fierce and somewhat disturbing… great capture!

  110. CAMILLA ALIBANDI

    July 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

    ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING PHOTO THAT YOU HAVE EVER POSTED.
    I LOVE THIS
    THANK YOU SCHOT
    TOTALLY IN LOVE
    XXX
    C

  111. CAMILLA ALIBANDI

    July 10, 2012 at 8:56 am

    SCOTT *

  112. LIZPR

    July 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Whoa … compelling photo. The calm, cold stare down …. he looks like he’s been through a thing or two … and yet, is so young. The backwards baseball cap, the crucifix earring, the tattoos on his face all tell a story. I am soooo curious to learn his.

    Scott – when you post such compelling images, you MUST tell us a bit about the person!!!!

    http://www.lizpr.com

  113. tessa

    July 10, 2012 at 10:13 am

    love that words, love that eyes

  114. mridula

    July 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    this picture will stay with me.

  115. Miami

    July 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    This photo speaks a thousand words. Thank you for sharing.

  116. Fashion Treatment

    July 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  117. Janet

    July 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    And this is where we see that what we wear is not simply what we wear. There is so much history in that face. Wishing for the millionth time that I could read Arabic.

  118. Josephine

    July 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Everyone says it’s tattoos, but to me they look like stitches. Nevertheless, this man has a beautiful face, and this is an exquisite portrait. Thanks!

  119. THE VIKTIMS

    July 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Oh dear. Perhaps a Post-It would have worked better. Or a moleskine.

    http://viktima.blogspot.com/

  120. MyRoperia

    July 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Interesting and overwhelming…But I like it

  121. Jill

    July 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    stickers )-:

  122. dorylyn

    July 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    hmmmm

  123. Ashley G

    July 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Has anyone identified the language this is in? It looks arabic if I am correct, someone let me know….

  124. Nyerie

    July 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Such a powerful image. Thank you.

  125. urja dave

    July 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    absolutely amazing! one of my fav photos ever!

  126. Rizalenio

    July 11, 2012 at 1:05 am

    This photo tells a thousand words. Fantastic.

    http://rizalenio.blogspot.com

  127. Lilee

    July 11, 2012 at 3:21 am

    One can read his face. Literally!
    Greetings from Greece!

  128. Bo S

    July 11, 2012 at 4:44 am

  129. Chahrazad

    July 11, 2012 at 5:16 am

    Wauw. All the tattoos that he has on his face.
    What a amazing picture.

    x
    http://www.cherryfactor.blogspot.com

  130. Steffi

    July 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

    stunning. mytherious. perfect

  131. M.

    July 11, 2012 at 8:51 am

    He looks like a fanatic, which I don’t find appealing. The muslim women (above) found it frightening so heaven knows what the tatoos suggest.

    War is not absurd if you fight for liberty and to survive a terrible foe.

  132. emma

    July 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

    great photo ..

    i think its written in urdu but the letters not clear, i need more clear photo to read and translate

  133. Theo

    July 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

    You have blown me away with this one. Absolutely incredible.

  134. endESQ

    July 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    W O W

  135. Sharon

    July 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I have been looking at this photo for three days now. It is amazing. For me, this image is so contemporary, but also holds an ancient Al-Andalus vibe. (In)tense, Squared! Your photography is Fashion based and Fine Art, at the same time. Tremendous work.

  136. Sharon

    July 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    This photo is so overwhelming that I posted my comment without mentioning that this young man’s face is hauntingly soulful, beautiful. He’s left many of us wondering what his story is.

  137. debi c

    July 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    everyone wants to know what the tattoos mean..they seem permanent to me..and he’s a great subject for this great photo!

  138. kj2008

    July 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I hope those words are stickers or written on with a sharpie or something.

  139. JP

    July 12, 2012 at 3:31 am

    i consulted my friend about this photo. she confirmed that they are arabic characters. but since she could not understand the words, they could be parsi/persian (probably iranian or afghan). HTH.

  140. kob

    July 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

    excellence !

  141. Bill

    July 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I think it is odd (and a bit telling) that people are drawing conclusions about the young man’s intentions and significance without knowing what his facial markings are saying.

  142. toolateblues

    July 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Tattoos? Are you sure? Looks more like he has written on Scotch tape and stuck it on his face.

    It is quite telling all these assumptions about the text’s meaning or his intentions. He could have been after a couple of spare tickets for the men’s final at the French Open for all we know.

  143. Rudy

    July 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I hope this leads more young people to consider adhesively attached or otherwise removable “tattoos”! Powerful image- it obviously works for this guy-

  144. lera

    July 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Very sensual. I woould look at this photo for hours

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/70362801@N03/

  145. buka

    July 13, 2012 at 7:23 am

    those are stickers, and that ruins it for me.

  146. B

    July 13, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Love it! One of the best photos I’ve seen you capture yet. Lastly, how sad that some have commented that they’re fearful. What a shame. Cowering in fear makes us miss out on some of the most interesting things in life. I wish more people were less fearful.

  147. B

    July 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Love it! Sensual. One of the best photos I’ve seen you capture yet. Lastly, how sad for those who have commented that they’re fearful. What a shame. Cowering in fear makes us miss out on some of the most interesting things in life. I wish more people were less fearful and more appreciative.

  148. stylewise

    July 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Kurihara Tao did something very similar in 2008 on the models for her runway show. It does have an interesting, vaguely menacing effect–which she used very well to produce a kind of witchy-lolita look.

    But I do think that you want to make sure your skin is in good shape before you start writing on it, or taping fake tats onto it. Otherwise you just draw attention to your complexion problems, and that’s not so cool.

  149. Ratzkiwatzki

    July 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I assumed it was a removable ink, rather than a tattoo, which makes it more interesting to me. One of the more arresting photos.

  150. jenny

    July 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    beautiful.

  151. Ross

    July 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Looking for attention are we?

  152. chloe

    July 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    what an amazing character! and so wonderfully captured.

  153. Matthew Henshaw

    July 16, 2012 at 6:56 am

    If you look closely at his face you can see that they’re not actually tattoos, but transfers. As an example you can clearly see the mark over his right cheek created by cutting the words out from a sheet of paper.

    Not taking anything away from him however, quite a striking image.

  154. Bruna

    July 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve been told that there are severe issues in Paris revolving around racial stigmas – particularly against French Muslims. This statement whether permanent or temporary is stronger than some may realize. The writing may be Arabic but the cross is not. The next contradiction is the business attire and the face tattoos. Tattoos are considered unprofessional in the business world and are usually concealed for that reason. Lastly, there’s the question of man or woman. There’s an overwhelming appearance of masculinity with something just the slight bit feminine in the eyes. The ever contradicting messages of this photo make it interesting and timeless.

  155. dita

    July 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Amazingly strong photo. He looks sad.

  156. gaggan

    July 19, 2012 at 5:18 am

    this picture is powerful. the intensity, amazing. the tattoos to me seem to be done in henna.

  157. larry

    July 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

    uh…………………….made ya look!
    That’s a good thing.

  158. Tim

    July 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Why any young man would deliberately ruin his appearance by writing on his face is beyond my understanding. I hope they are not tattoos or he has blighted his life forever. Great photo for the voyeur.

  159. Wibi Udayana

    July 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Can’t believe he tattooed his face…. Dedication to culture

  160. Maar

    July 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Brilliant. love!

  161. Kelly

    July 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Have you found someone to translate?

  162. Anna

    August 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    As they say, it’s a strong picture. Et je lui adore. Looks like he’s doomed or something.

  163. Salvatore

    August 23, 2012 at 12:38 am

    How powerful of an image. I think this begs the eternal question – is the life we live or the life we love? what if, perhaps, in its equinimity, it is BOTH. the life we….li(o)ve?

    truly strong and magnificent in gusto AND rejoice!

    mr. x

  164. Steve M

    October 17, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Has no one here ever come across henna tattoos? They wash off after a time and are prevalent in a number of cultures – North African, Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Indian and have been for thousands of years. I am startled and saddened by the, to put it politely, naivete of many comments here.

    • Dina Jereidini

      November 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Nope, sorry not henna. They’re stick-on. I can’t really read what they say, mostly because of the photo quality. Sorry. (there’s a word, ‘tahyeeha’ which means to give it life/make it live. Could be from a holy book, or just poetry.)
      Steve M. Your own medicine -henna tattoos turn out brown, leave REALLY thick lines and would be impossible to write that tiny with.
      Sorry.

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