(Daily Mail) – Mpumelelo Masinga takes a deep drag from his cigarette, his hand trembling with apprehension.
Masinga is preparing to spend three hours at Black and White Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg getting Nelson Mandela’s face tattooed on the centre of his back.
“I’m very, very nervous,” he explains with a sheepish smile. “It’s a big piece and I’m starting on a new canvas, my back.”
A year ago when Mandela died, Masinga decided he would pay tribute by getting a tattoo of the anti-apartheid hero.
“It’s art and a memory that stays with me forever,” said the sinewy 27-year-old, who wore Nike trainers and a black beanie embroidered with the word “DOPE” in capital letters. “One day I’ll explain it to my kids.”