While not having any tattoos myself I am in awe of people who endure the pain of it in order to adorn their bodies.
People have tattoos for a myriad of reasons; sometimes they are purely decorative, sometimes as a tribute to a person, place or thing, sometimes tribal or religious. This piece is in part inspired by the Maori tradition of facial tattoos and is complex and detailed. It features paisley designs which originated in Persia and are possibly an adaptation of the yin and yang symbol and a lotus flower, the Buddhist symbol of the path the enlightenment.
This work is currently featured in the 'Dia de los Muertos' exhibition running at Brush, Brighton from 31st October to 26th November. (see exhibitions and event for more info.)
Indonesian Cotton, Procion Dyes, Embroidery Thread, glass beads