Real Faces of Tattoo

Posted: May 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Inspirations, Portrait Photography, Projects, Sessions | No Comments »
Steve Vinall by Maciek KrulaMatty Darienzo by Maciek Krula Duncan X by Maciek Krula    WSara Night by Maciek Krula hen winter came and it was too cold to go out on the street to take pictures I came up with another idea for portraits.
I decided to portray tattoo artists. So far no one has come up with a similar project – always a good sign.
I’m not saying no-one has taken a picture of a tattoo artist, but I don’t know of another photographer who has focused on a whole series.
 My parent’s generation saw tattoos as reserved for some specific social groups such as criminals, sailors, or rock stars. With time this perception of this form of expression has changed.
But despite pseudo-acceptance of tattoos by most of society, this type of body decoration which has become common, many of us still feel uncomfortable during contact with people who have tattoos on their faces.
   Most people, who have never had contact with tattoos, when asked how they imagine a typical tattoo parlor or a tattooist, will describe a fat bloke with a cigarette sticking out of his mouth sticking a needle into a candle flame and dipping it into a pot of school ink.
That’s why I’ve started this project.
  I would like to portray artists as the people they really are; people like you and me.   If they have tattoos and they would like to show them, they are welcome; if they do not have any then I want to photograph them too.  If they look ordinary, I want to take their portrait.   Not as the stereotypes – shouting at the lens rockers, not as Lords of Darkness with a grimace that pushes us away, reinforcing the stereotype, but as real people, the people they really are.   This is not a freak show.   It is not to entertain the viewer.   It is for us to see human nature, real faces and should help us to see those whose works are appreciated and desired, whose skills convince others to let them cover their skins in ink with works they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.   Not many other artists can share that.   So I think they deserve a whole project dedicated just to them.
Here is mine: Real Faces of Tattoo.

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