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Trends in tattoos come and go. Ten years ago all the lesbians were getting Celtic knots on their arms. Now they're getting traditional sailor pieces to cover them up. All the punks used to have homemade Exploited tats. Now they're not happy until they've got an all-seeing-eye- within-a-tree- holding-a-dagger-that's- stabbing-a-scorpion-who's- reading-the-bible-upside -down-on-top-of-a -traditional-English-sixpence design. Whatever, dudes. One thing you can be sure of is that the true classics never die. Just look at the fine ink on these two brothers.

NEGRO SKINS Nice Fucking Tattoos, Dudes
from our partners at Vice
Photos, l-r, by Andy Capper and Peter Bienge.


Hi, what's your name?
Pete: Swastika Pete.

What inspired your design?
Earlier this year, I made a bet with a Nazi skinhead from Orange County. He said he'd come and spend a weekend with my family if I got a swazzie tattoo. We both fulfilled our side of the bargain and both our eyes have been opened as a result.

Do you share the same views as him?
I'm a bit more quiet and reserved about my racism.
I'm pissed with certain elements of Somalians, West Indians, and Nigerians. They called my mum a black bitch on the bus.

What happened?
I'm like, "You're from Africa, where do you get off calling my mum a black bitch? You were on ITV a couple of years ago asking for biscuits, and we were sending you clothes or whatever. Now you're over here pimping and being bad boys."

Who else do you hate?
I'm not racist toward all people, but I am racist towards certain Bengalis. You can see where I'm coming from: 1. My girlfriend was nearly raped by one of them on Brick Lane, and 2. Because of the stickers I'm seeing around. One of them is Bin Laden and George Bush. It says, "You're either with the Jihad and a Muslim or you're a non-Muslim." I'm not pro-America or pro-Bush, but 9-11 wasn't an attack on America, it was an attack on humanity.

In London there isn't much of a white/black divide anymore, but there is a divide against Muslims because of these stickers. The other day at the video store they said to me, "This is Bengali turf, get out of here, you white fucker." I'm still trying to figure that one out.

TOUSSAINT OKELE
Swastika Pete is the guy on the left. The guy on the right didn’t really want to talk to us about it, but Peter Bienge, who tattooed him, told us he got it to "piss off his neighbors because they told him he played his music too loud."

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Comment by Cindy on January 30, 2012 at 12:31am

wow...getting tattoed as a learning tool...Idk that's a bit much. And of all things a swatiska...I'm speechless

Comment by Dustin Thewynd on June 2, 2011 at 12:01am
Wooohhhhh!! ...and this dude actually has a girl? I'm willing to bet she roasted him. LOL!!!
Comment by HelixDown on January 24, 2011 at 7:49am
lawls...
Comment by BLACKAMERICA on January 24, 2011 at 12:29am
too much info in the world not to know this simple bit.. and a fool whos hangin with white nazis and deliberately does something like that to shit on people of so called color.. hey.. some niggas are really that fuckin stupid.. and i did show love and drop jewels in my comment to him..i even gave him directions to find info.. hollablack!
Comment by BLACKAMERICA on January 22, 2011 at 4:04am
fuckin idiot!.. you need to study young homie.. really ..study.. whew.. knowledge is power my dude.. that trendy shit is gonna pass one day.. and you will be an old "blackman" go to afrika as i have been and you will learn who you are!.. i wish you the best my man.. stay hardcore.. but study.. nazis didnt invent the swastika.. it comes from egypt(kemet) then thru india!.. nazis are idiots.. and they want you and your family to all be dead!.. study bro... google lynchings and you will see if they are your friends.. also see a film.. farewell uncle tom.. rock on.. my dude.. blackamerica.. liberation thru education.. study and really be HARDCORE..
Comment by Starky Gonzalez on January 16, 2011 at 5:26am
I really wanna believe that these niggas is on drugs because no sober niggas in their right mind would do some crazy-ass shit like this.
Comment by steveJames on November 22, 2010 at 3:20pm
*speechless*
Comment by Margo on November 19, 2010 at 7:15pm
wow!
Comment by Lord Q on November 19, 2010 at 4:06pm
wtf?!
Comment by oilkanlarry on November 11, 2010 at 10:18pm
@neophrates
old or or not still foul. This is either more a call for help or a call for attention. These cats could rock a dildo on they heads and I would have had more respect.
@Gramercy Riff
I dunno man the flesh bubbles and break down of color look pretty real to me. I ink and use photoshop. It be a good fake. I call bullshit on these cats brains. babysitter must of dropped em.


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