Everlasting, Untitled 1, 2016
Signed and numbered 20 x 16in archive c-type print, limited edition, also available as a mini print.
I’ve been fascinated by tattoos ever since I was a kid. I’m interested in the language and symbolism of tattoos, and how a design becomes almost a cultural icon or symbol when it is repeated over time.
Everlasting is about taking inspiration from tattoo designs and recreating these ideas as photographs – to see whether the visual language specific to tattoo culture translates to photography.
For this series, I focused on traditional sailor tattoos that feature swallows, skulls, daggers, hearts, and roses, and worked with predominantly mass produced toy-like props to reference the often comic and cartoon-like nature of this genre of tattoos.