Illustrated Bengal

Gallup high school senior Rudy Lopez applies black paint to the mouth of the Bengal tiger as he paints a mural onto the gymnasium wall at Gallup high school. Lopez says he is trying to learn to be a tattoo artist and plans to become an art teacher after graduating from high school.

This pair of images were taken in the midst of the basketball tournament. The day time games draw relatively small crowds, and as the teams battled on the floor I looked to the top of the bleachers and saw Rudy hard at work, pretty oblivious to all the excitement of the games going on below.
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