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