Hang a Damien Hirst on your vagina

Garage magazine
Fashion meets art in new Garage magazine

Former POP editor Dasha Zhukova‘s new art and fashion bible, Garage magazine, is set to launch next week. It has already caused controversy over one of the cover images, in which a butterfly is placed provocatively over a lady’s, urm, parts. Zhukova approached several contemporary artists with the brief to design a tattoo, which would then be inked onto a ‘living canvas’.

23-year-old Shauna Taylor agreed to get a butterfly tattoo, from artist Damien Hirst, on her crotch for the feature. Tattoo artist Mo Coppoletta (The Family Business, London) was picked by Hirst himself to ink the green-and-black tattoo. The tattoo took two sessions to complete.

The black-and-white image which appears on the cover of the magazine has a butterfly sticker hiding the tattoo and reads ‘peel slowly and see.’ Inside the magazine is an innovative photo-feature titled: Inked. The subject matter has been making headlines and is considered to be somewhat controversial, it has even been banned from the shelves of UK newsagent WHSmith.

Famous artists including Jeff Koons, Jake and Dinos Chapman, John Baldessari and Paul McCarthy also feature in this project. The spread features a number of ‘willing canvases’, an assortment of men and women and raises questions about the permanency of contemporary art. ‘What are they worth? Something more than the skin on their backs?’ asks Garage’s Becky Poostchi.

The feature, despite causing some controversy, highlights the growing status of tattoos as art objects, finally people are beginning to see that tattoos themselves can be art. Some of the sketches for the tattoos are now the property of the Gagosian Gallery, only proving their status as  valuable works of art.

Richard Prince’s signature smiley face was tattooed on Conrad Lochner, a 31-year-old from New York

Keeping beautiful art alive – Cris Cleen.

Cris Cleen Works from Cris Cleen on Vimeo.

Documentary short – Cris Cleen.

Cris Cleen
Cris Cleen - painter and tattooist

Cris Cleen is a tattoo artist who has been tattooing for nine years. His tattoo style is “turn of the century” and “European influenced.” In this beautiful short documentary, filmed and edited by Andreas Tragger, Cleen talks passionately about creating a world of beautiful things and keeping beautiful art alive. Cleen explains the way he feels about the “tattoo experience”, as close-ups of his paintings and tattoos are filmed with a soundtrack that compliments the art perfectly by Dirty Peaches.

To explore his amazing portfolio of tattoos go to criscleen.com

Cris cleen tattoo
This tattoo encompasses everything Cleen loves in a tattoo.
Cris cleen painting
Beautiful art

Adventure bound

So, at the beginning of September I am venturing into the scary world of freelance.

I am excited, scared and also a little sad about leaving my job. I have been in my current job for almost four years and I have made some amazing friends and gained a huge amount of experience. However, times must change, I am ready for a new adventure…

Adventure bound tattoo
Adventure bound

Photo: octopirider.tumblr

Everything is ink

Everything is Illuminated – the tattoos.

Everything is illuminated tattoo
"the beginning of the world often comes"
Everything is illuminated tattoo
Inspired by the Jonathan Safran Foer novel.
Stencils for Foer tattoo
Beautiful artwork by Christel Perkins

Photos: beginningoftheworldhascomeoften (artwork by Christel Perkins)

Let love write on you tattoo
Let love write on you
Let love write on you tattoo2
Let love write on you for awhile

Photos: www.contrariwise.org

Get your tat out – Hackney WickED

Get your tat out

Location: Hackney WickED art festival, Hackney Wick.

This is the lovely Lucie with her beautiful tattoos – spotted enjoying a drink at the bar at Hackney WickED.

Bow tattoo
Beautiful bow
Pocketwatch tattoo
Stop the clocks for this pocket watch
Pocket watch tattoo
Beautiful pocket watch tattoo
Padlock and key feet tattoos
Under padlock and key
Padlock tattoo with flowers
Padlock and flowers
Fan tattoo
I am very jealous of this beautiful fan tattoo. I want it.
Bird and cage tattoo
Birds and cage

Lucie is definitely my new tattoo crush.