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PVIM’s Stacey Mather says he thought of how tattoos will impact political career

-says he was good enough to take care of VI's children & is good enough to take care of VI
Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) Territorial At-Large Candidate in the 2023 Virgin Islands Elections, Mr Stacey Mather MBE says he has thought about how his tattoos would impact his political career as a first-time candidate in the political sphere. Photo: Facebook
Mr Mather was on March 6, 2023, talking about his political plans and platform under the PVIM, and why he decided to run in this year’s elections when he was asked about his tattoos and whether he has thought about how the tattoos may come across as a challenge for some people. Photo: Facebook/File
Mr Mather was on March 6, 2023, talking about his political plans and platform under the PVIM, and why he decided to run in this year’s elections when he was asked about his tattoos and whether he has thought about how the tattoos may come across as a challenge for some people. Photo: Facebook/File
FISH BAY, Tortola, VI –Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) Territorial At Large Candidate in the 2023 Virgin Islands Elections, Mr Stacey Mather MBE says he has thought about how his tattoos would impact his political career as a first-time candidate in the political arena.

Mr Mather was at the time speaking on a programme live-streamed on Facebook to launch eight (8) of PVIM's candidates on March 6, 2023.

Speaking on his political plans and platform under the PVIM, and why he decided to run in this year’s elections, Mather was questioned about his tattoos and whether he has thought about how the tattoos may come across as a challenge for some people.

Usual has not worked for VI - Mather 

According to Mr Mather, “I have, but at the same time, the usual hasn't worked for us. It just hasn't worked for us. We've elected people who will stick with us, they will talk with us, they will be courting us, and then eventually they abuse us.

“So maybe something unusual is what we need. I don't think there's anything about me that is strange right now... I was good enough to take care of the children of the territory, I’m good enough to take care of the territory,” he added.

Mr Mather, whose platform focuses on youth development, said it is something he has been doing for years and has seen how the VI youths see the territory. 

2020 MBE Recipient 

Mr Mather is the Director of YEP, a privately funded youth centre in the VI that opened in May 2007 as a safe haven that provides opportunities and activities for over 700 young people in the territory.

In 2020, he received the Member of the Order of the British Empire Honour, the third highest-ranking award, behind Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and the Order of the British Empire.

“And at this point in time, when I go around the territory and I listen to the young people and the families that I've worked with, they're not voting. They have no interest in leadership. They don't believe that we have integrity, [that] we have accountability.” 

He added, “If we cannot show and demonstrate the type of leadership that's necessary and possible in our country right now, then in 30 years we will have no leaders because we're turning people away from that.”

VI no longer know known for good governance - Mr Mather 

Mather says the VI he knows was a prosperous place filled with integrity, and accountability across the region; however, the VI is no longer known for that.

He also added that what the VI youths need now more than ever is an example so that later all in the VI can have a better life.

“But we do have the hope and the ability and our people to bring that back to our territory and for me, all young people must see that example now so that later when I’m old and I'm sitting down… I know those young people that I work with believe that they can do what's necessary in our territory,” he said. 

63 Responses to “PVIM’s Stacey Mather says he thought of how tattoos will impact political career”

  • Ye (15/03/2023, 07:08) Like (28) Dislike (82) Reply
    He received these awards because UK have him in mind as one of them and someone who can continue their agenda on L…bt. So they branded him Early. Let’s dig deep on this guy , maybe out youths just afraid to talk. I don’t trust a bone in this dude. He looks like a Saint to me , Catholic Priest. Hmmm.
    Ask the youth them. They might wanna vote for him
    • FEO GOMEZ (15/03/2023, 07:54) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply
      You probably don't know who your father is. Surgeon General stated that buck shots is a good way to rinse out your mouth.
    • Madussa (15/03/2023, 10:41) Like (28) Dislike (6) Reply
      @ Ye. Have you noticed all of the political Devils in prison or removed from their positions do not have tattoos? So how do tattoos make you an evil person? The evil ones are just where they should be, behind bars or fired! Mr. Mather has shown his hard work dealing with our youths when their own parents did not take the time to properly raise them. His program at YEP has saved many hungry and confused children this day to feel better about themselves and feel worthy when no one else has taken the time. I will vote for him because he has shown his good work in the BVI when others running have not and just running their mouths.
    • please (16/03/2023, 12:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please Mr. Matter has taught us is us part of our community.
  • K. Smith (15/03/2023, 07:09) Like (57) Dislike (12) Reply
    Honestly. I don't see nothing wrong with his tattoos being a issue my opinion only . We are in a society where them look bad to some but doesn't represent what he is about when it comes to the country. Look at who he is as a person and what he has done in his life not the colors on his skin. Again my opinion
  • Head Coach (15/03/2023, 07:25) Like (46) Dislike (36) Reply
    he is not going anywhere!!! he is not a nice person to damm arrogant just like Mitch
    • FEO GOMEZ (15/03/2023, 07:57) Like (31) Dislike (14) Reply
      You phkd up when you said not a nice person. You could've said anything other than that and you might have been believable. Damn liar.
  • Personally (15/03/2023, 07:26) Like (36) Dislike (81) Reply
    I personally feel that it is not a good look for someone seeking officer. I wouldn’t want my child looking up to you because of all those tattoos . Kids will automatically feels tattoos are cool . You should have thought about all this before getting tattoos. Then you have soo many!! It send the wrong message. It says I can have tattoos , looking like a thug and still hold a politician job. Next many kids will want tattoos when they are of age.
    • Laslow (15/03/2023, 08:37) Like (48) Dislike (4) Reply
      You can't wear sleeveless in the H.O.A. so he will be good.
      Having a tattoo does not mean "thug".
    • BV Islander (15/03/2023, 09:07) Like (39) Dislike (3) Reply
      This is utter nonsense. A person has a right to his choice of living stop looking at the outward appearance of person and look at the person heart and mind what he has done and what he will continue to do for the youths. I never see Mr. Matter looking or dress like a bum regardless of his tattoos. People stop been so small minded.
    • Migoman (15/03/2023, 11:27) Like (31) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yea, ure right, society prefers those that abuse their powers and steals the taxpayers money. As long as theyre tattoo free and well dressed up.
    • Consider (15/03/2023, 12:16) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      Reading your comment I see a lot of poor grammar Do you know when the kids go to YEP they get assistance with their homework from Mr. Mather and others there? The way you write and construct your sentences tell me that your kids definitely need an example like Mr. Mather. Stop with the foolish criticisms already.
    • Personal choices (16/03/2023, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He taught many that have no tattoos. Personal choices.
  • I have (15/03/2023, 07:29) Like (24) Dislike (58) Reply
    Never seen anyone in politics with tattoos. It is wrong and it send a dangerous message to the youth. Mark my work. Noting you say can or will justify this. Come on! To the kids .. this is a clear example when you parents tell you think about your future career before getting tattoos all over your body. It is not professional at all.
    • FEO GOMEZ (15/03/2023, 07:51) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
      Thankfully you already a loser in life.
    • FEO GOMEZ (15/03/2023, 07:53) Like (8) Dislike (18) Reply
      You ever seen your own dutty heart? It sends a wrong message to your brain. Many tall buildings on Tortola choose one.
    • Laslow (15/03/2023, 08:39) Like (61) Dislike (1) Reply
      I can name a BVI politician who does not have tattoos yet awaiting trial in a high profile drug case so what is your point?
    • Really??? (15/03/2023, 08:47) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    • lol (15/03/2023, 10:37) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply

      Just need to use your brain a little bit more. Politics is the most corrupt occupation in life.

      Now repeat that several times and read your message again. Tattoos don’t have sh** to do with the evil that is politics.

    • @ i have (15/03/2023, 19:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You know you aint say much but is people like you why this little rock going stay a little rock for a while…
  • WTF (15/03/2023, 07:34) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply

    Peoples, tatoos are just body art. Who is focusing on tatoos rather than the myriad of distressing issues we are experiencing? Some *&^@$ SIMPLETON. You **s hole get a grip and get serious. We have real problems and tatoos certainly is not one of them.

  • @wtf (15/03/2023, 07:57) Like (11) Dislike (32) Reply
    It send the wrong message ! I am not for it. This is not good at all. In office with a bunch of tattoos and I bet they don’t have decent meanings. Probably dark sh**.
    • Laslow (15/03/2023, 08:40) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
      What sends a wrong message is your local head of government ignoring protocol and passing out tax payers money like it's his personal piggy bank.
  • Smith (15/03/2023, 08:25) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    elections should be alright
  • Youth (15/03/2023, 08:36) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
    This man true colors has shown over the years. He is not as a nice person as he looks and portrays. He has already sold us out and will only forward the cause of his rich friends that do not have our best interest at heart.
    • Arrion (16/03/2023, 08:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Youth, you are confusing him with Piko, who has rich friends. LMAO!
  • Laslow (15/03/2023, 08:43) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tattoos do not make the person, neither does your hairstyle or skin color. We focus on the wrong things in the BVI. So many men and women walk around looking the part of political leaders yet they lie, steal and cheat, all those things look worse than tattoos.
  • asking for a friend (15/03/2023, 08:54) Like (6) Dislike (13) Reply
    Who the hell will vote for this guy anyway?
  • Hearing you. (15/03/2023, 09:02) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who decides whats right or wrong? Well to each his/her own.
    If you all have something about mr. Mathan's tattoes, understand it is jis perogative, but you are still allowing him to run a program in which you have enrolled your children for years. Look at that , is it hypocritical or the norm?. Just a bit for now., but also remember that Dreadlocks were not accepted in schools or government just the other day.. tlim changes and so do we.
    • @ hearing you (15/03/2023, 09:33) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
      Speak for yourself. Not my child. His tattoos aren’t even decent. Skulls and dark deep mess.
  • To Buddah (15/03/2023, 09:08) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Boss you're a good dude. No debate on that. But thr Bible does address tatoos and all them skulls, bones and snakes make me uncomfortable. Is your body and you do what you want with it but I must stand against anything that seems satanic. The spiritual world is nothing like watching a person in their face. I still have time to decide and I'll be listening to hear your view on how you plan to help the country out the mess we in.

    Bless up!
  • Verse (15/03/2023, 09:14) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.

    Leviticus 19:28

    • WHAT!!! (15/03/2023, 10:43) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      And women should not talk in church and you should not eat lobster or shrimp and you can sell your daughter as a slave to neighboring tribes, and let your bible teach you how to treat your slaves.
      Book written be men used to control men load of nonsense.
      • exactly so (15/03/2023, 11:21) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        I set out to stick to the question in the article and not deal with the entire bible. but you are correct, the Bible does say I suffer not a woman to teach and a woman should be silent in the church and should not be preaching. So all these deaconess and prophetess and woman bishops and evangelists etc is against God's word.
      • Sunday School (17/03/2023, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Leviticus 19:28 You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.
    • ok (16/03/2023, 12:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      While this is correct i don't think this disqualifies him from seeking office.
  • he (15/03/2023, 09:36) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    He ain’t going to win any way.
  • Tutoinfluen (15/03/2023, 09:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Personally, I think and believe that humans invent, my punishment for all the aspiring members of the government, boards, leader or artist is not to support them because of their double mentality
  • please (15/03/2023, 09:52) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    He has done well with the youths while being tattooed. It has absolutely nothing to do with his political aspirations.
    What is the wrong message it sends. Ayo to closed minded and judgmental man. Focus on what the man can bring to the table.
  • Land Shark (15/03/2023, 10:35) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lmfao…so ayo don’t have problems
    With thieves and criminals but because he has body art? Gtfoh- the embarrassment these Batty rangers have done (yeah you know who you are) is far worst than any of his tattoos! Small minds are entertained by small things -
    Push on! They can’t hold you down!
  • retired (15/03/2023, 12:25) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    I have seen Teachers with tattoos. I have seen Guidance counselors with tattoos. A LOT of parents have tattoos. But I personally don't have any. Don't really care for them but to each his own. I am quite certain there are other potential candidates with tattoos as well. I believe Mr Mather' s heart is in the right place and to me that is what matters. He has my vote.
    • Lord have mercy.. (15/03/2023, 14:12) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      You all saying he is another Picko favour the other colour..
  • Only Angels (15/03/2023, 12:27) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    At least his tattoos show he's capable of sitting still while in horrible pain for long periods of time....if that isn't good preparation for listening to the "debates" in the HOA, I don't know what is!! Good luck young man.
  • Really (15/03/2023, 12:41) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is so not newsworthy.
    • Oh Boy. I hate to see them (15/03/2023, 14:06) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      At this point and this mess the BVI is in have to look past the totoos. And figure what can he bring to the Table what difference can he make, and I see him as one of the better choices, he can make a difference.
  • x (15/03/2023, 12:49) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    He need to loose some weight
    • What the heck? (15/03/2023, 15:33) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      I think you should focus on yourself. He can lose his weight but you will always be foolish.
    • @ x (15/03/2023, 17:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You meant to say lose, right?
    • @x (15/03/2023, 19:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      …you need to go Premier Dental…halitosis is killing us????????
    • Big Deal (18/03/2023, 18:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I guess one would have to be Head Coach size for voters not to care about weight. Voters should be more concerned with his reason for entering this horse race being for the youth when we all know that ministers go where they are assigned by the premier. Why can’t private organizations work in partnership with each other and the government on projects that benefit the territory without posturing for power, playing the blame game and letting ego and hatefulness make everyone believe they will do a better job when no one really understands how government works?
  • rubbish (15/03/2023, 16:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The president of the college has more tattoos than Mather..
    Trix is the coolest person working at the college and he have tattoos. All the crooks who messed up the country have not a scratch and a bunch of education.
    Yall sound like idiots.
  • Majoring in the minors (15/03/2023, 16:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We keep going in circles because people have more time to complain. I applaud this man among others for stepping forward, bracing himself up for criticisms but with the bigger picture in focus. The loudest ones, with all opinions will never step forward but would complain about the ones that do..

    Some of you just got to nitpick on every single thing, you got nothing on the man so you go to his tatts, get over it be more concerned with what he can bring to the table to move the country forward, newsflash, the UK ain't paying the slightest attention to his tattoos. Stop majoring in the minors and get over it, you have options to NOT vote for him.

    Why don't the tattoo free models run for election, maybe the critics will have worse to say about you, proceed please.

    He is the only one on the blue team getting my vote, the dictator RS, can have several seats from looking like a tourist walking through his own capital. #shameful
  • Hmm (15/03/2023, 17:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Right wrong nice or mean at least I feel he represents the VI

    Others are more representative of foreign ideas in their suit and bald head attire.

    I doubt he would describe himself as nice. Which could be what we need in a politician.
  • Why should we care (15/03/2023, 18:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Budda your tatoo them on your body. You ain't do nobody nothing. I don't like them, but you put them on you and not on me. They don't take no wisdom off of you. It havr all the clean shave, no tatoo, church going representatives all these years and look where we is. If you study BVI people they going always find something to bitch over. Wicked set of people. Live for you.

    I didn't know Sowande ain't name Sowande Uhuru till when he got elected. He carry his ital name with pride and went to his birth paper name to be politically correct so he can gain points. Look how he bring down the place.

  • Just saying (15/03/2023, 18:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    His brother has waaaay more tats than him
  • Rower (15/03/2023, 18:38) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mather is a góod guy with interest of the BVI at heart.especialy the young people. Tatooes hsve nothing to do with it.He dresses appropriately, has respect for students and parents. If given á chance I think he would be an asset.If not,I would be disappointed
  • Welk sah (15/03/2023, 19:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Every Jack and jill want to go in and be minister the HOA all them talking is a set a folly to get there strooops
  • HMMM (16/03/2023, 00:19) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I’m not talking about tattoos! This man has a job to run YEP! He’s handed over $300,000 a year to do his job! That’s his job! What’s so special about him doing his job. The sanitation workers at DWM do a good job cleaning up this territory. Does that make them a good candidate? You all going on like this man come up with this grand idea and birthed YEP! It was put together by Sowande and Nomi and others and Pickering white, rich friends put up the funding and they paying Stacy to run it. Plain and simple! Stacy was appointed Chairman of the Education Advisory board and he did nada, absolutely NOTHING! Did he even held a meeting with the other members of the board?
  • Des (16/03/2023, 15:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The President of the college have tattoos. what is the point? This is the 21st century.
  • flock (17/03/2023, 16:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can’t people see that this story is to get sympathy votes, and for person with tattoos to emphasize with him. Can we be this gullible. We don’t care about your tattoos, we care about what can be done for the country. Just because you have thought students does mean that you will make a good politician. Outside of your JOB which you’re paid well to do, what have you contributed to the territory. Or will you another to push the rich white man’s agenda. We all know that you are owned by Jarecki.
  • Jof (21/03/2023, 10:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    these so called christian we got here need to tattoo fraud Pon them foreheads..envy is a b***h.
    You can't stop progressive ppl.

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