Love for the Love Bug

Brenda’s Love Bug tattoo was done in honor of her daughter (it’s based on a drawing she did when she was a little girl). Brenda couldn’t recall the tattoo artist, and sometimes that happens. Tiny tattoos can have a lot of impact. Brenda is now a grandmother, but these days, you shouldn’t be surprised to […]

Rosario: Fact

Rosario’s tattoo was done by Jon Gorman of Providence Tattoo. Rosario is a gondolier with La Gondola Providence. He provides the story behind his tattoo: I have been working as a gondolier on the Providence River for seven seasons, as of 2016.  The gondola has taught me about tradition, balance, and service.  Meeting gondoliers from […]

Rosario: Fiction

Rosario’s tattoo was done by Jon Gorman of Providence Tattoo. Rosario is a gondolier with La Gondola Providence. Perhaps, at a Water Fire he may have ferried you along the Providence River. Rosario told me the story of his tattoo, an incredible story, which I relate below as best I can. The gondoliers of Venice […]

Brianna: Fierce and Mythical

Brianna Tran’s Dragon tattoo was done by Mike Lussier of Art Freek Tattoo, Providence, RI. We did our shoot during the Field of Artisans’ Night Market on July 21st, where I had the opportunity to set up a space to show work and photograph tattoos. Brianna and I discussed the features of her tattoo during […]

Juliet: More So, I Know My Mother

Juliet Loranger’s Kali tattoo was done by Dave Peavy of Federal Hill Tattoo, Providence RI. Both Juliet and Dave have turned out to be “frequent flyers” on this website, which is one year old now. When this project was just an idea I was trying to bring into reality, I know the earliest models and their […]

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Announcing… Origin [Deleted] Designs Beautiful Destroyed Things and Post-Apocalyptic Ritual Objects Available to purchase at my Tattoo Macro space at the Field of Artisans x Providence Share Space; Night Market Series: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Thursday July 21th Thursday August 18th Providence Share Space 140 Broadway Providence, RI 02903

Infrared Tattoo Photography by Eric

Eric Steinhart has been exploring infrared photography for well over a decade, and I have had the honor of being an Infrared model for him all the while. When I started getting my tattoos, we had no idea how they would appear in these kinds of photographs. Typically, black and very dark colors (except for […]

Christian: Transitions

Christian Kline’s bird tattoo was done by Tina Bafaro of Seattle. He is a newcomer to New Bedford and the Providence-MA South Coast area. Christian used to hop trains, planes and automobiles, traveling from Scandinavia to New Zealand, working as a peanut butter smuggler in the underground peanut butter trade. He specialized in leading high-temperature […]

Sarah: Jump In

Sarah Mulvey rocks a traditional style ship tattoo of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrisey. Her tattoo was done by Chris Cautillo of The Torchbearer tattoo and piercing, Pawtucket, RI. You can find out more about the Ernestina-Morrisey on this website, and below Sarah explains how sailing on it shaped the person she’s become. She begins: A little […]

Molly: About the Moon…

Molly McCarthy is Development Coordinator at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford, MA. We did our shoot on site at my recent opening for my exhibition in the members’ lounge at the theater, which runs through June. Photos above by Penny Pimentel Molly was also a Philosophy major at UMASS Dartmouth where I teach. […]