Everlasting

 
 
 

Everlasting, 2016.

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.