Potraits of New Zealand’s Mighty Mongrel Mob

Gangs are the tribes of 21st centurty nation states. A bureaucratic tribal government is no more a tribe than a county or state government.


Vice
Photos by JONO ROTMAN

Bung-Eye Notorious, 2008. C-Type Photograph, 1.9M x 1.5M
JONO ROTMAN

I explained that I wasn’t trying to “tell their story,” expose them, or some shit like that. Instead I told them I wanted to take martial portraits. And you know, regardless of where the Mob are viewed in the social hierarchy, these men have committed to a creed and fought battles, sometimes to the death. Basically the more they thought it was honest, the more they understood I wanted to produce something more complex than a cultural postcard. Then once there was go-ahead from the top, the guys down the bottom were happy to cooperate. These guys are hierarchical.

If that’s not a description of a warrior than I don’t know what is.

See the rest of the potraits.

Advertisements

About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s