He shared two of these cards with me and explained that, as a first generation Mexican-American, these Lotería cards remind him of growing up.
The first one he explained is number 21, La Mano:
Luis explained that he relates to this card because "la mano" is Spanish for hand, and he is a builder/electrician/carpenter by trade. He considers himself a "designer of ideas," and because he works with his hands, this is an appropriate card to have as a tattoo.
The second one he let me photograph is number 27, El corazón:
This card is appropriate, according to Luis, because "El corazón" means the heart and, Luis said, smiling, "I've got a big one".
There are a lot of different artistic representations of these cards out on the web, which tells me that they serve as inspiration for a lot of people.
|Image courtesy of "The Lucky W" Amulet Archive by Cat Yronwode|
Thanks to Luis for sharing these two Lotería cards with us here on Tattoosday!