SANFORD, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – One hip-hop artist recently got Trayvon Martin’s face tattooed on his leg.
Artistic Element’s Roman Abrego – the tattoo artist for rapper and reality TV show star The Game –shared through Instagram video The Game’s new tattoo. It shows Martin’s hooded photo in permanent ink on his leg. The hooded picture of Martin has been a sign of symbolism at different protests, where many wore one dedicated to the victim.
Other entertainers have also been paying their respects to Martin. During her show in Tennessee, Beyonce asked concertgoers for a moment of silence after the jury came back from deliberation. Rapper Young Jeezy released a song “It’s A Cold World” as a tribute to Martin.
The fatal shooting of the 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fla. became one of the most controversial trials of the year.
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who fatally shot Martin in the altercation, was acquitted by a jury of second degree murder and manslaughter charges last month. The reaction to the verdict led to protests and marches of people contesting the “stand-your-ground” law, which is a type of self-defense law that gives someone the right to use deadly force to defend themselves.
While the Martin family, famous politicians and protesters fight to have the “stand-your ground” law removed, others are using their entertainment status to make a difference.
Zimmerman has been staying at an undisclosed location since his acquittal.