Paper Tattoo

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Using a tattoo machine like a pen, Jacob Dahlstrup outlines a skull and flowers on heavy watercolor paper.

Notes from the artist’s statement:

Key to my practice is a process of calculated spontaneity and pre planned coincidence through which I work primarily with a combination of drawing and installation. Through merging of material and context I explore the visual language of nautical folklore, which tells the story of faith, hope, love, and the struggle to get to the non-existing point in the horizon.

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Below: “100 hour drawing,” it took 38 days for Dalhstrup to draw this skull.
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Photos © Jacob  Dahlstrup

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Adriana is the Webby Award–winning designer, editor of Scene360 magazine and author of "Tat'oo" book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated her time to documenting the lives and work of tattooists. Published also on Inked, Skin Deep, Tattoo Life and more. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.

December 20, 2010 Art Illustration Paper Art Tattoos