Influenced by the mainstreaming of tattooing in today’s world, and being a heavily tattooed woman, I have begun to explore the genre of tattooed society. Tattoos are a personal choice to illustrate some part of oneself in indelible ink. The idea of heavily tattooed people is unsettling to most; the prejudice being that tattooed individuals are low-class or tasteless. This series is an exploration of the falsehood behind that prejudice. I am seeking to communicate that judgment should not be cast upon a persons adornments, as it is merely a form of self expression. In addition I am exploring the idea that tattoos help define the subject’s self image.
Andrea M. Ouellette has been doing freelance work for over 20 years. She specializes in photographs of people, whether documentary style, or model portfolios. Andrea's work has been presented in gallery exhibits from 2000-2014. She has also been featured in publications such as; Electric Start Magazine, Nine Magazine, Xtreme Magazine, The SCAD Connector & The Viking Newspaper. Andrea's style of photography is very humanistic and emotional in nature. She strives to achieve a connection with each of her subjects in order to display their inner-persona. Andrea has an easy to work with demeanor and is always open to client suggestion.