Tattoo

Tattoos are probably some of the greatest and oldest forms of artistic expression. A tattoo in and of itself is a piece of creative work, making tattooing an art form. As a work of art, tattoos allow people or artists to express their creativity, inner selves, and ethos.

Tattoos are considered art because they serve to make a statement and challenge the viewer’s perception. As an art form, they can say tons about the wearer’s beliefs, interests, and life without knowing them in person.

Santiago Sierra’s Tattoo Lines – Paying prostitutes with drugs (SFW)

In a video recording of the process of drawing a tattoo on the back of four women, the documentation by an artist, Santiago Sierra, has a far deeper meaning. The event took place in Salamanca, Spain, in 2000. From the artist’s explanation, the four women are prostitutes and addicted to her*in. Their pay for agreeing …

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Qiu Zhijie – Luckily these are not real tattoos

Qiu Zhijie is well known for his capacity to add provoking new meanings to traditional Chinese calligraphy. In many of his works, Qiu incorporates calligraphy into modern media to fuse important elements from his culture into his art. His Tattoo series, released in 1994, explores the state of one’s independence and invisibility. To highlight these …

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