Tattoo Plus You, A Photo Story of Body Ink

Tattoo Plus You, A Photo Story of Body Ink is a photographic project that explores tattoos and why people get them.

Luka, Tattoo + You, A Photo Story of Body Ink
Luka, Tattoo + You, A Photo Story of Body Ink

I am passionate about photographing people and art, so the chance to photograph two of my favourite inspirations was irresistible. But that’s only the half of it. The other half is that I found a lot of tattoo photography to be overly sensational and despite seeing some great art, I rarely got the story about the person. 

Tattoo Plus You began as a book project back in 2012 and continues to this day, online. 

This was the original text in the forward to the book: 

“Why do people get tattoos? That was the simple question behind this portrait project.

Not surprisingly, it turns out that the answers ranged from the simple to the highly complex and deeply personal. I am so grateful for the people who had the courage to stand in front of the seeming scrutiny of the lens.

As a portrait photographer, people have been my primary fascination, and I have had the good fortune to photograph literally thousands of people.

It was through my portrait work that I started to see more and more tattoos showing up on my subjects. Body ink has moved into mainstream culture, no longer sitting on the fringe of sailors, bikers and rock stars.

The idea was this: if a person had a tattoo and was willing to share up to 300 words about the inspiration behind their body ink, then a portrait session was arranged. The response was amazing.

Tattoo + You, A Photo Story of Body Ink

The Project Continues:

That was then. Today, the project continues. If you have a tattoo and want to tell your story, send me a message to arrange a time. 

Bye for now.

Gordon Ross

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