How Payasas Have Become a Cultural Symbol for LA's Chicano-Style Tattooing

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These Sexy Clowns are More Than Meet the Eye

One of the most prominent symbols in Chicano-style tattooing is known as the payasa. A payasa is a female clown and these seductive women are a hallmark of Los Angeles. But is there more behind these beautiful vixens than meets the eye? Is there a great meaning behind their coy smiles and penetrating stares? Well, the answer is, of course, yes and it's about time that this style of tattooing got a moment in the spotlight.

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