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Celtic Chinese American

"L'habit ne fait pas le moine" (thanks Eglantine)


Frank Allen was having coffee with a friend at a table next to ours- I had noticed his rather obvious tatoos and figured it might make a good photo. So I asked permission to shoot and went back to my table, and later took this shot. I had assumed he was a biker or some other artsy character, since we were in the Lower East Side. Turns out he is a master Ba Gua Kung Fu and Northern Wu Tai Chi master, and had trained with the top Chinese grandmasters for over 35 years. His tatoos are Celtic and Chinese. A very nice guy who of course had not heard of my own grand master. Maybe I'll go practice with him for a while. His center's Wu Tang website.


This picture is #15 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers home page. - Explored

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Taken on May 8, 2009