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.
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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.
London-based tattoo artist Mike Boyd is a dedicated traveler, viewing the act as a necessary component to developing his style of cubist-focused tattoos. His bright and angular work features Picasso-like faces and segmented bodies, impactful tattoos that make it difficult to discern skin from canvas. In case you aren’t interested in making a lifetime commitment to one of Boyd’s pieces, he has a series of limited edition prints available on his website. You can see more of his permanent work, as well as keep updated on his travels to various tattoo studios, on his Instagram.