Trayvon Martin’s father decided to honor his son’s legacy by getting a tattoo in commemoration of him.
Seen on Tuesday’s episode of VH1’s Black Ink Chicago, Martin stopped by Chicago tattoo shop 9 Mag to talk to artist Van Johnson.
The 17-year-old was shot and killed in 2012 by former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was infamously acquitted of murder charges in 2013.
Tracy explains that before this tragedy occurred, Trayvon has always been a beacon of light and motivation to him and he wants a piece that embodies that. It would be fitting to have Travon portrayed through a Sphinx-like figure because he is still a wonder in this world. The legacy must live on. Once the piece is sketched, Van and Kat get to work. Having these men in the shop remind the artists why they started this shop in the first place. It’s important to exude goodwill but unfortunately the drama often distracts them from their purpose. Black men are losing their lives for the color of their skin daily and the shop is arguing over pettiness, for what? 9 Mag needs to remember why they started this and get back to serving their community.
The tattoos came out better than the men could have imagined and Van could not be happier.