As long as I could remember I have always enjoyed looking at tattoos with admiration. And since the mid-70s I’ve seen the rise of tattoo art and designs becoming acceptable and commercially stylish, in the Western world. I became more familiar with tattoos when I was growing up in Bristol, surrounded by diversity and subculture styles of people within the urban city community. But it wasn’t until the mid-90’s I came to understand and appreciate people having tattoos, tribal scarification and unusual body piercings especially among my old student friends.
Showing off their tastefully done art work of berries and barred wires by reputable tattooists. While studying at art colleges back in the day. This included being exposed to seeing body piercing in Madonna’s Sex Book. Whenever I visit a bookshop or the library I can’t resist a good tattoo book soaking in some great photos. Or briefly reading Skin Deep magazines including the defunct Bizarre magazine in friendly newsagents and watching the reality shows e.g. Miami Ink, LA Ink and London Ink. This review was offered out of the blue to me. So with some gung ho I visited this new art gallery Deasil in Leamington Spa.
My 'Inked Palette' exhibition review is here http://www.femalearts.com/node/2091
(c) Gina Smith 2015