Posts Tagged: Strasbourg

The Walls Are Screaming XV

FRANCE // OCTOBER 2012

Blame The Parents VI

‘When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.’ – George Romero

FRANCE // SEPTEMBER 2010

Entartete Kunst III

FRANCE // OCTOBER 2014

Humans Outside New York III

A European success story.

A ‘Légion étrangère’, a former soldier of the Foreign legion, who fought in the Balkans, is back home in Strasbourg and lives on the streets. Damaged and without government support, his life has been a classy affair since he risked his life for kin and country.

And his handmade tattoos tell his story – a simple biro served as machine, the ink was made from the burnt rubber from the sole of a shoe.Some time ago he used a bottle of sky (French slang for whisky) and a lit cigar to erase the tattoos which reminded him of a war that  turned out to be ugly and a woman no longer there. He has three dots inside a triangle inked between his eyes. It’s a mark of French street culture and means ‘Mort aux vaches’, which translates as ‘Kill the Pigs’.

In the daytime, the legionnaire drinks and begs in front of a church which does nothing for his welfare. At night he sleeps rough in the woods.

He wants to die in Strasbourg to be buried next to his family.

FRANCE // AUGUST 2016

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