Many of the inmates wanted to show me their tattoos, ‘shoot my tats, man!’
When being photographed in a crowded cellblock of the MCSO, many of the inmates, especially male inmates, put on a pose for the camera that I call “The Stance”.
Among the many inmates who lined up to have their portraits taken by me, for the Jail Project, were many who wanted me to show them with their tattoos.
Sometimes an inmates’ motivation for participating in my Jail Project is obvious and understandable. Often, it’s an expression of
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the MCSO, Maricopa County Sheriff’s office in Phoenix Arizona has made black and white striped uniforms an iconic image in protest marches surrounding the 287G immigration sweep debate.
A pile of handcuffs in the intake area of the Madison Jail of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office jail system.
When inmates are processed into Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County jail system they are given a single