This is an unused commission for a full arm piece, I don’t really do tattoo design, I turn it down a fair bit and I‘ve never consciously allowed my existing work to be used, (although I know there are few unofficial ones floating around). I’m not anti tattoo, far from it, I just think the possibility of something being lost in-translation is very high, and what I have drawn for one thing, being re-appropriated for another is a bit weird for me.
Why was it unused in the end? Well that‘s another story.
The client wanted a ‘Day of the Dead’ inspired piece, not content in just churning out some half assed cultural appropriation I did a some digging into the background of the holiday and learnt that it has it roots in an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess of death Mictecacihuatl, so its her I chose to represent. Dolores del Río inspired her face, and the rest of the composition is comprised of various other folkloric death related imagery.
This is a fashion illustration for one of the garments I designed for Oscar Wilde’s 1894 play ‘Salome’.
This piece was designed for the moment Salome receives the baptists head, I conceived it as a symbolic joining of the two characters; (much of the play concerns Salome trying to seduce the baptist, and threatening him that she will eventuality have him despite his rejection of her). So here the baptists head has actually become part of Salome’s garment, and ultimately part of her.
Although I never got to make the final garment, (I actually made another look for the play) I toiled it extensively and it would have been a digital print on a lycra or power mesh then hand embellished.
Amusingly despite this being a illustration of a design for a garment, (it shows no nudity and the violence content is questionable) it got me temporary ban and a warning off facebook. I personally think somebody had a problem with the suggestion of menstrual blood.
“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all” Oscar Wilde
I just finished a very short edition of screen prints of my Volcano Goddesses; they are hand pulled by me on beautiful deckle edged Somerset paper. The paper size is 76cmx57cm with the image approximately 51cmx39cm.
Two goddesses play sentinel for the erupting volcano, with themes of death, destruction, renewal, and the 2012 end of the world theory.
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