I have been inspired by Wylies painting style and the use of words with images. Her simplistic paintings have given me new ideas for my paintings. I have drifted from using words with images since the Morocco field trip but I think words can give my paintings more validity and relatability. I plan to use words to describe peoples tattoo choices as this eliminates the issue of copying tattoo styles. I plan to combine these words with images of isolated body parts.






After experimenting with words and images in the Morocco field trip and being inspired by Bastiat, I have been looking at how other artists use words to convey a message. I have been considering other ways of getting across the message of raising the status of tattoo art. This is something I haven’t looked into much yet and have found challenging as I haven’t used words in art in the past but I am inspired to use techniques such as humour and mystery and develop this side of my art in the future as I believe it could have a powerful effect with the particular topic I am interested at the moment.




Delvoye is a world renowned fine artist that has raised the tattoo to fine art from outside the tattoo industry.

Signature – claims personal authorship over the work – not something seen often in the tattoo industry.

Use of iconic tattoo styles.

“raising and tattooing pigs that move from commodity status to high art status in a very short time”

“I prefer things that are not status enhancing and pigs are certainly not status enhancing”






Tattooing can be used to express individuality and it is a new fixation in modern society but possibly just a superficial fad. This is in contrast to the idea of tribalism which has played a fundamental role in society for thousands of years. Today the tattoo is becoming disconnected with tribalism as new individualism has caused a disruption to the efficiency that tribalism once had. Tattoos in western culture was once a rebellious and uncommon art form. I question if the popularity of the tattoo could be a passing fad, making me want to capture this current trend in my art before it potentially fades from western culture.


This larger scale painting 120x120cm was inspired by a painting I saw on the London trip by William Scott and my photos of the city and influenced by the collaging lessons.


Following on from the field trip I have taken what I have learned about the natural landscape and applied it to my “immediate environment” of the city.

“De Kooning was, to an extent, rare among the Abstract Expressionist painters, largely inspired by the circumstances of his everyday life. Over the years, scholars have identified many possible sources for de Kooning’s imagery and style, from old-master paintings to Picasso to commercial images found in advertisements and fashion magazines. While these connections make sense visually and historically, non artistic influences on de Kooning’s aesthetics were equally profound. The artist often affirmed that his immediate environment was a major resource and that his surroundings permeated his work.”