While he’s not quite as covered in ink as some of his contemporaries, Freddie Gibbs has a few more tattoos than the average bro. And for his latest, and perhaps greatest, piece of body art, the Gary, Ind. native chose something especially meaningful to cover almost his entire back.
Now based out of Southern California, Gangsta Gibbs visited the tattoo studio of fellow up-and-coming artist Jun Cha. And when the rapper explained just what he wanted — the famous photo of Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton sitting in a wicker chair with a rifle and a spear — it all made sense to the 21-year-old visual artist.
“It’s a reflection of youth and independent thought,” Cha said. “It’s a symbol for the freedom of ideas and expression. The Panthers were a group that thought for themselves. It goes hand-in-hand with the young hustlers’ generation today.”
As you can see in the above video, the two clearly bonded over the course of the tattoo procedure. And why not? Something that large and detailed had to have taken a while. Also, from what I’ve seen, Gibbs seems like a friendly, kind of goofy dude, like when he smoked with Best Coast.