There aren’t many conspicuous symbols in Always Running, but one exception is the tattoo that Luis Rodriguez gets in junior high school. The tattoo, which says, “Mi Vida Loca” (literally, “my crazy life”), is meant to be a symbol of Luis’s loyalty to the gang world. La Vida Loca is Los Angeles slang for the life of a gang member, or cholo. By tattooing the words on his body permanently, Luis sends a clear message that he’s willing to live this kind of life indefinitely and without looking back.
The timeline below shows where the symbol Tattoos appears in Always Running. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.