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Tattoo Parlors Are Illegal in Cuba. This Guy Started One Anyway

Cuban tattoo artist Che Alejandro is starting a revolution his own way. Instead of letting the government determine his destiny, Alejandro plays by his own rules. He operates an underground tattoo parlor in spite of the country’s laws against this type of private business.

In this short film by Bryan Chang and Alex Mallis, skateboard with Che Alejandro through the streets of Havana as he contemplates the future of Cuban business owners. Directed and edited by Bryan Chang and Alex Mallis, produced by Allison Pottasch, and cinematography by Bryan Chang.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.