The ritual of getting a tattoo inhabits the realm of the unknown. For www.cuetoimages.com it is associated with the dark. It is a moment in time, human expression. It can be a mark, a meaning.
It is permanent.
Is it ugly. For special people it isn’t ugly at all.
I met some of these people and photographed them.
I met Amy Patterson and Shanon Restoule at an art display at the University. We had the opportunity to show each other our work, I was drawn to their art. I was drawn to its meaning, its method, but primarily I was drawn to the people behind it. The Canvas and the Painter.
Shanon pierces people, Amy paints people, they adorn humanity, I wanted to photograph it. They introduced me to Dan Bisaillon another artist, later when I dropped by the parlour for a visit.
For the photo shoot I showed up like a hunter, one has to recognize that light does not escape me. I set up my small portable studio, I brought some lights, background to control shadows and sometimes envelope my subject in the darkness...... show it........illuminate it......control it.
I set my trap...............take the bait.
I want to show that people make tattoos a way of life. A statement, a message to the world. A message to their spirit. It is permanent.....with them now, until the end.