You guys probably are wondering where the “T” stands for.
Oke, the “T” stands for Tattoo. Since my youth I have a fascination for tattoos and their artists.
I really think you can compare them with artists like painters and sculptures. The only difference is their canvas.
Talking about artist and their work, not everybody likes Dali or Picasso or whoever, and that’s about the same with tattoos. But you can’t deny that the work of a tattoo artist is a piece of art, no matter what style.
But still……. among people around me I hear a lot of misplaced disapproval about the people who got inked.
Rod Stewart released an album in the early 70’s called Every Picture Tells a Story, and just that is what's happing in the world of tattooing. Every tattoo tells a story, mostly beautiful and touchy stories. They honor people, they remember the good and bad thinks in live.
So does music. That’s why I don’t understand what makes a tattoo different. Oké the object is a human body, so what?
In this project I want to express that the artists as well as their canvasses are real people with a good heart. You don’t have to fear them and if you talk to them you understand why.
It’s 2020 and the world is fighting against racism and discrimination. Let us, from now on respect tattoo artists and their beautiful work on the human body. As art, as covering up scarfs, as cosmetic purpose (eyebrows) and as medical purpose (radiation). I hope you enjoy the stories and the pictures and let’s get tolerant!
All the pictures have
All been washed in black
All the love gone bad
Turned my world to black
Tattooed all I see
All that I am
All that I'll be, yeah
Uh huh, uh huh, oh
Text by Pearl Jam from the song Black