While some Canadians have been marvelling at the size of Justin Trudeau’s election victory – helping the Liberal Party turn a wipeout in 2011 into an overall majority – others have been focusing on the 43-year-old’s athletic body and a large tattoo on his left arm. Could he, they ask, be the only major world leader with a tattoo?
History tells us that the concept of self-branding was embraced fully in England in the 1860s after the Prince of Wales marked himself with a cross, partaking in a Medieval ritual. Meanwhile, the art of ink was in its fledging stages in America. Martin Hildebrandt, considered one of the country’s first tattoo artists, opened a shop in New York City in 1870, making tattoos accessible for citizens who weren’t able to travel overseas.
I love that tattoos are beginning to get more respect in the fine art world. This is an awesome ad campaign to promote a new tattoo exhibit about to open at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This will be the museum’s first foray into the art of tattooing.
Well said, although I am a little bit uneasy about throwing around the word deviance so freely.
Tattoos separate us from each other while simultaneously giving us an emotional connection to the millions of fellow tattoo veterans. Modern, westernized tattoos are used to help people heal wounds, express ones’ artful imagination to the world, and they allow people to find an inward appreciation for their strength and resilience as individuals. We are expressing our deviance while healing our souls and creating a beautiful network of art.
It has been difficult to avoid this story and while I usually stay away from celebrity tattoo news, I thought this was worthy of sharing after taking a closer look. Bringing tattoos, even if they are fake, into the spotlight of a major fashion event is a great thing in my eyes. The work was beautifully done and whether done with markers or a tattoo machine, sitting for 11 hours takes dedication.