Aussie tattoo-artist Charley Gerardin has mastered the art of reproducing cult cinematographic cutscenes or, more simply, to retranscribe on the skin all the sensuality of the feminine curves. With a characteristic use of the black and white, he revisits in his way classics like Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill as well as portraits of iconic artists like Ian Curtis.
Until January 2016 he had no sign on the skin. Now Alfredo Meschi‘s 50-year-old body is covered by 40,000 X. An impressive but not casual number. “It’s the number of animal individuals every second who are killed in the world to satisfy our palate,” he explains. It took two months (January to March 2016), one hundred hours of sitting by the tattooer, to transform his body into the living testimony of a slaughter mostly ignored. “Every morning I was going to tattoo the X and I did not stop until I got to 40,000”
Artist Pony Reinhardt of Portland-based Tenderfoot Studio produces wildly creative tattoos which she describes as a “cosmic cataclysm of the Ghastly Phantastic.” Images of the natural world mingle with stars and elements of sacred geometry in a style reminiscent of old etchings and woodblock prints. Reinhardt has also exhibited fine art at the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art and is a US Presidential Scholar of the Arts.
A selection of the tattoos by Ahmet Cambaz, a Turkish artist based in Istanbul, who imagines tiny characters that he stages in simple but adorable compositions. You can follow his creations on his Instagram account.
John Yuyi, a taiwanese-born, new york-based artist, emphasizes our obsession with social media by affixing digital symbols to the human body as temporary tattoos. through a series of ongoing investigations that deal with the intersection between the physical and technological worlds, Yuyi probes our addiction to social networking and the traces it leaves on our lives. On the bodies of female models, yuyi prints custom temporary tattoos that spell out twitter handles, facebook pages, and instagram messages. symbols — like the familiar ‘likes’ thumbs up, retweet arrows and email alerts — canvas the model’s face, ears, back and neck. photos from their instagram feeds, digits describing their follower count and branded symbols of the social networks themselves are pasted onto the bodies, acting like an advertisement of their online personalities and presence. the photographic series studies our online infatuations and snapshots the ever-expanding propagation of digital media on human nature.
Have you ever thought about what some of the most glamorous stars from Old Hollywood would look like by today’s beauty, style, and fashion standards? Sure, it might mean some of the more bodacious women would be expected to have slimmer waistlines because women’s beauty standards seem to be on a never-ending crash course toward women becoming so slim they don’t exist. But, there are also some positive, beautiful, and transgressive possibilities that can come from casting backward aesthetically. Artist Cheyenne Randall, who is based in Seattle, Washington, is doing just that with his art that re-imagines some of the most glamorous figures from history with body art. According to his website, “Randall explores the identity of iconic individuals from yesterday and today,” and he “blends traditional American culture with some of history’s most celebrated Pop Icons” in his “‘Shopped Tattoo’ series.” This series “calls to question the modern obsession with fame and glamor as well as the stigmas surrounding body modifications in today’s societies.” And the images, in their blending of pop culture, iconicity, and social stigma, are truly beautiful. Thankfully, Randall sells his prints, and you can have a full-sleeve Frida Kahlo of your very own… unless you’re more of a Marilyn Monroe person, that is. She’s there too.