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Title Alvin Gonzalez: portrait with tattoos
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Amesse, Vinnie
Studio or Publisher Amesse Photography
Date 2002
Collection Indelible Memories
Print size 10" h. x 8.5" w.
Acquisition Courtesy of Vinnie Amesse
Ownership and History This photograph and the accompanying label text were created as part of the Indelible Memories documentation project. The Staten Island Historical Society partnered with photographer Vinnie Amesse to record images and statements from more than fifty individuals profoundly affected by the events of September 11 and their aftermath. The exhibition, "Indelible Memories: September 11 Memorial Tattoos Photographed by Vinnie Amesse," was displayed at Historic Richmond Town in 2003.

(Keywords: United States, New York City Transit, Commemorative, Memorial Tattoo, 9/11, World Trade Center, Badge, Religious, Patriotic)
Exhibit Label Heading Alvin Gonzalez
Subway Conductor, NYC Transit Authority
Tattoos by Carlos Alfonso at Rising Dragon Tattoos, Manhattan
Exhibit Label Text Although Alvin didn't personally lose family members on September 11, he knew many people who did, and his five tattoos are his way of honoring all of the victims "so that people will not forget!" Passengers on his train sometimes start conversations about his tattoos; he responds, "I wish I didn't have to get them in the first place."
Exhibit Label Text Alvin volunteered three days in the recovery effort at Ground Zero.
Earliest Date 2002
Latest Date 2002
Subjects Tattoos
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Gonzalez, Alvin
Catalog Number 03.006.0051
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
Legal Status Photographer Vinnie Amesse retains copyright to this image. Text in this database is copyrighted by the Staten Island Historical Society unless otherwise noted. Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.