In part two we probed the erotic symbolism of several intriguing self-portraits of skateboard artist Victor Moragriega, who is currently leaving his mark on Valencia, Spain. Victor gave us permission to reproduce our favorite of his portraits and see what we could decode from them.
Today, we continue our exploration with this shot of Victor posing with a favorite tie:
In this portrait, Victor's nakedness communicates that he's a creature of nature. If he were to dress formally and wear a tie, the tie would be an extension of his penis. We're also seeing some ancient symbolism here -- the tie reaching from between Victor's legs to his mouth recalls the cosmic serpent that eats its own tail, known as the uroboros. It's an emblem of wholeness, of self-sufficiency. Victor is therefore communicating his independent nature.
Now let's consider this portrait, in which Victor holds a tool:
Here Victor shows that he's something of a warrior, but the weapons he chooses might surprise you. The juxtaposition of a manmade gadget with a hairy torso communicates a dual nature: part civilized, part wild.
This next portrait is deeper than it might seem at first glance:
A flower arrangement is a still-life, and Victor seems to be suggesting, "By all means, allow yourself to bloom and to be colorful, but don't get stuck in one disposition because then you'll never fully emerge from behind a self-made prison."
We'll explore some more of Victor's self-portraits in the coming days.