Enquiry into the mind of an Artist

After having a few philosophical conversations with my own artists, I decided to prepare a questionnaire to probe further into the mind of a tattoo artist. I will post the questions here, and if any artist out there wants to send me their answers, I will gladly post them here (with a name and a picture).

Tattoo Artist Q & A

(1)Tattoo Ethics: Is there something you absolutely would not tattoo on someone? Explain. Do you think every tattoo artist holds an ethics? How does one come to hold an ethics about tattoos?

(2)Tattoo Aesthetics: Are tattoos beautiful in the sense of a great piece of art (i.e. a Rembrandt painting)? Are tattoos ‘art’ in the commonly used sense or do they stretch the boundaries of what art is/should be? Explain. What makes a good tattoo ‘good’ or a bad tattoo ‘bad’, in your opinion? Is there an objective ranking for tattoos or is it all in the eye of the beholder?

(3)Tattoo Hermeneutics: Because tattoos are applied to skin/to the body, does that affect how they communicate meaning to ourselves and to others? Explain.

(4)Tattoo Individuality: What one tattoo have you done during your career that has left the biggest impression on your life and/or work? Explain. What is a tattoo you would love to do in the future? Explain why. What is your favorite tattoo on your own body, and why is it your favorite?

(5)Tattoo Identity: What does it mean to have a tattoo style? Is it a self-label or is it one assigned to you? Does such a label benefit or hurt you as an artist?

Answer, include your details (most importantly your name, maybe your shop and city/country), & email to: tattooed.philosopher@gmail.com. They will be posted shortly after.
Thanks!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liz K
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 01:41:19

    hi i would like to know if you designed the “guns kill, machines create” picture. if not, do you know who did? pls email me.

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  2. leanne
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 12:52:19

    Where can i buy the tattoo gun in this picture??

    Reply

  3. Monex
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 15:15:27

    Her big break in the film industry came with roles in movies such as Independence Day and Set It Off 1996 ..She is not known for flaunting her tattoos as much as some of the other actresses and musicians nevertheless she has quite a collection. I could only but guess .She also has a tattoo of a tiny fox on her right arm. Given Vivica s part Native American descent it is possible that the fox tattoo represents all those things..Vivica also has a small tattoo ring around one of her toes purely esthetic I suppose a large cross on her back right shoulder blade and a vertical line of three Chinese language characters…..

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