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Jonathan's Art Dilemma No. 17: What are exhibitions for?

Thursday, 30 September 2010

ExtInked in Salford (2009)

Solitary Bee (2009) extInked. The Ultimate Holding Company
My friend Chris had decided to have a tattoo. His first. On that same day I heard about a gallery in Salford that was looking for volunteers to be tattooed. They had commissioned designs of the different British flora and fauna that have become endangered species. Chris drove over to meet the people responsible, check the tattooist and choose an animal, bird insect, plant etc. One hundred people, one hundred species, one hundred designs. Everyone who was tattooed became an ‘ambassador’ for that particular rare breed as well as going home with a simple and unique design on their body. A fantastically succinct and pertinent idea, just wish I wasn’t so squeamish about needles.
One year later, whilst washing up, I had a sudden flash of memory and got Chris to show the result. A beautiful Solitary Bee.
Details, follow the extInked link (!) at the Ultimate Holding Company

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