Once removed from the skin, what does the tattoo become?
Here I’ve created a tattoo removal machine – represents regret that can relate to both the tattooed and tattooer.
The sculpture of a tattoo machine is made from found materials – a reoccurring theme/interest that has run throughout my work. It could be received by the viewer as a historical artefact – decay – represents the past and brings up how the industry is changing – possibly moving on to high art.
Using words instead of images to avoid summing up the tattoos history in a particular style. From collecting tattoo business cards I came across a tattoo artist that uses humour on his cards to grab the customers attention. Ive taken one of the things he has written on his cards and used it here while taking inspiration from Richard Prince and David Shringley. Ive also touched on writing tattoo confessions on interesting facts about myself making my work personal.