Truth is, Chato is a better crew manager. By all rights he should be Ray’s right-hand guy. But Chato’s Mexican and, despite the green tattoo, Ray doesn’t count on permanent residence from any ink” (Vourvoulias, 42).
In Del’s section of Ink, he shows sympathy towards the inks. He is not rude to them or treats them like they are less than him. He admits, “Truth is, Chato is a better crew manager. By all rights he should be Ray’s right-hand guy. But Chato’s Mexican and, despite the green tattoo, Ray doesn’t count on permanent residence from any ink” (Vourvoulias, 42). This shows the type of character Del is, he is a kind, genuinely caring man. Another example is when Del goes into the pizzeria and sees his ink crew there eating. When Chato tells Del about how the bartenders break the glasses after the inks drink from them, Del says, “I’ll have to ask my friend Kurt who bartends there if he does it too. And thump him if he does” (Vourvoulias, 45). He does not want people to mistreat the inks. The instance that stuck out to me the ost was when the inks get the check at the pizzeria, Salvador gestured he needed money from the inks, Del reached for his wallet and asked to pay for them, even though Oaxaca did not accept the offer. At the end of the chapter, when Del and Cassie lost their child and Del made a big mistake with Meche, he was not himself. He was going to work less and Chato is concerned for Del. Chato showed up to the Cabin and talked to Del. Another example of how Del has respect for the inks is when Chato calls him Boss, Del tells Chato to call him by his first name. I think this shows that he wants Chato to feel equal with him and does not want Chato to feel like Del has more power over him. It closes with Del saying “The inks bringing me back to life” (Vourvoulias, 67). This is important because out of all the people and friends Del has in his life that he can turn to, the inks are the ones that are able to get him back to normal and get out of the tough times he is going through.