Trayvon Martin's Father Honors Son With Touching Pharaoh-Inspired Tattoo
"The sphinx is one of the wonders of the world and Trayvon was my wonder of the world, " his father explains.
Trayvon Martin's legacy means the world to his father, so much so that he's honored him with one beautiful tattoo.
Seen on VH1's Black Ink Chicago Tuesday (Nov. 29), Martin spoke about his son's legacy with tattoo artist Van. The teen lost his life at the hands of George Zimmerman in 2012, but the story brought to light police brutality and the unjust actions against people of color.
"I just thought how my son galvanized the country and to me, he was a king before his situation happened," he said. "I thought it would be fitting to take it back to ancient Egypt. The sphinx is one of the wonders of the world and Trayvon was my wonder of the world. It resonates with me that it's forever, it's not going anywhere."
The activist also brought along a family friend who honored the teen with a symbolic "Tre" tattoo. In the end, Martin was happy with the results. "It looks just like him too," he said.
Van shared the final images on Instagram. "This piece tonight on Black Ink Chicago for Tracy Martin, FATHER OF TRAYVON MARTIN, thank you Brother for this amazing experience," he captioned the photo. The world loves you but Pop loves you more and I got him right for you young king."
See the finished products below.
This piece tonight on Black Ink Chicago for Tracy Martin, FATHER OF TRAYVON MARTIN, thank you Brother for this amazing experience... I’ve overcome so much adversity, so much hate, so many critics trying to bash me, but listen here... You muthafuckas think you can stop me when GOD got me out here making history lol I’m laughing to the bank baby BELIEVE DAT... #RIP #trayvonmartin THE WORLD LOVES YOU BUT POP LOVES YOU MORE AND I GOT HIM RIGHT FA YOU YOUNG KING 👑 I DONT FIGHT FOR OWNERSHIP I FIGHT FOR MY TEAM 💯
Tattoo done on last night’s episode of #blackinkcrewchicago! Thank you so much @ronaldahummons_official for giving me this honor! So sorry for your loss. A lot of serious issues addressed in last night’s episode, so grateful we are able to use our platform to bring awareness! #kattat #vh1 #blackinkchi