Carlos Dehaquiz is a professional tattoo artist and body modifier. He is also a candidate for the Duitama Council for the New Liberalism. Carlos has 85% of his body tattooed, including his eyes, and claims to be the first Colombian to have done so. Also, he has silicone implants in his face and expansions in his ears. He had trouble with his family when he started getting tattoos and body modifications, but today they support him. He is an apostolic Catholic and has been working for Duitama, his home, for ten years.
Dehaquiz’s appearance has caused rejection in very conservative sectors of Colombian society. He knows it, but he also knows that politics is not a beauty contest.
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“Physique shouldn’t matter much. There are people who don’t even have a tattoo or a piercing and they are really scary by their actions. So, you are in Colombia and there are many taboos about tattoos. But I understand them and I know that the first impression I make is shocking. The only thing I would say to these people is to try to investigate a little more and judge people by their deeds, by their actions, but not by their physical appearances. “We are all made of flesh and blood,” the candidate for the Duitama Council told Change
Dehaquiz is a believer, since his family’s education was always religious. In interview with Week, said: “We here on Earth are as if designated to religion, to the word.” He also thinks it is absurd that “the people who name God the most are the ones who judge me the most or the ones who throw tares the most.”
“All people have tastes. So, before judging me by my appearance, try to study and investigate me a little, look at my resume, see the work that I have accomplished without any help and give me the opportunity to get to the Council.”
In Snail Radio He said that he has as a reference the former candidate for the presidency of the Czech Republic Vladimir Franz, who has 90% of his body tattooed: “He is a person who is the same as me, tattooed on 90% of his body, and he does an incredible job as Vice Minister of Culture. He was running to be president and came third. So, those kinds of people are the ones who are inspiring me.”
In the interview with WeekDehaquiz said that he has been working for a decade so that Duitama “is in the global eye of tourism, so that talent can also transcend to other cities and countries.”
He also does social work. In December, she said, she collects toys for the poorest children in the municipality. Every day she helps and feeds the stray dogs of Duitama and these animals are one of the central axes of his proposals to reach the Council.
“If I can get to the Council, I can really execute a plan to be able to make, let’s say, an animal enclosure that makes a difference. I think it is very important to educate people about responsible pet ownership, because it is very difficult for me to rescue two puppies today and tomorrow they throw three away on a sidewalk.”
If he reaches the Council he will seek to consolidate a group to rescue animals in a condition of abuse, such as those tied up in garages, he told Week: “We have to end these tenure practices now.”
“Duitama needs an opportunity for people who really contribute to society, to animals, and what I want is to achieve strict political control, so that the money of artists and animals does not disappear during the four years of government”