Cousins M·riÛ Kalocsai, left, and Robi Lakatos, right, live in Sátoraljaújhely in northern Hungary. They are dancers in the gypsy band Romano Suno, which started in the 1980s. When M·riÛ and Robi aren't dancing, they focus their time on school, love, and the family business, which must be operated without catching police attention.
Robi is confident. "Every gypsy says I'm the best dancer in Hungary," he says, holdinghis accordion. M·riÛ Kalocsai sits in the far right.
Teenagers: M·riÛ is in a relationship with Evelin Farkas, but it must be kept secret. Therefore they keep distance between them when they walk around the village. "I don't like to be in a secret relationship," M·riÛ says.
Tradition and family: In a couple of months, M·riÛ will have a baby with young woman who isn't his girlfriend, pictured here. Robi got both the young woman and her sister pregnant, but Robi is engaged to someone else. The young boys' story is not different from the elder male members of the family, who also have children with several women in the village. Many of them are cousins.
In school: M·riÛ studies engineering. He smokes weed during breaks to cope with the long school days. "The mathematics is tough, so I hope I can work with something else," he says.
Nervous. "When someone hits one of my family members, I get all angry inside," M·riÛ, right, says. He, his cousin Alex Kalocsai, left, and a couple of uncles are hunting a boy from another gypsy family. "My heart is beating fast, because he is bigger than us," M·riÛ says.
Cleaning lady and car washer: This is how M·riÛ's uncle and his wife and daughter, Livia Kalocsai, right, can afford living a luxurious life with art on the walls and a Mercedes and BMW in the garage. The Kalocsai family has found many methods of making money since M·riÛ's grandfather announced himself as the local godfather, with seven businessmen sons and three daughters the little village. Family business deals concern luxury cars, weed, and young women from Slovakia.
On tour with the gypsy band: Robi, left, and another boy find a hot tub at the hotel outside of Budapest. It is locked, but that doesn't stop the boys from enjoying the rare luxury. Robi has several Mexican mafia tattoos on his arm.
Necessary: Robi's grandfather, Tibor Lakatos, has cancer and receives chemotherapy. They live in the same house. To avoid infecting his grandfather's weakened immune systems, Robi wears a surgical mask when he has the flu. A few days before this photo was taken, he found himself an accordion. He is now trying to learn the traditional instrument's secrets so that he can perform at the big gypsy festival in Budapest.
Tibor Lakatos died in December 2014.