To see more of Stanislava’s work, follow @m_i_s_o_ on Instagram.
For Stanislava Pinchuk (@m_i_s_o_), an artist in Melbourne, the delicate tattoos she draws for friends are creative exchanges. Their stories inspire her work, and in place of payment, her friends give her things they’ve made, whether art, furniture, jewelry or even dinner.
“I see it as artwork my friends carry with them,” she says. “It’s very intimate, and charging for it seemed strange, so I’ve traded since day one.”
Stanislava tells the story of each tattoo and trade on Instagram: twin wildflowers traded for whiskey, a map of a family traded for a drawing, a galaxy traded for a photograph. Alongside these stories, she shares pictures of her work and studio with the creative community she’s built. “The collaborators and contacts I’ve made from Instagram are incredible,” she says. "I’ve been in touch with so many people I look up to because of it.”
This tattoo artist practices a unique system of economics. When you see
her tattoos and how much they’ll cost you…you might want one.
Stanislava Pinchuk (aka Miso) creates simple and elegant tattoos for
her friends and in return they pay her with what they feel the tattoo is
worth. She has had some people cook her dinner, teach her a new skill,
or give her a favorite book in return for the tattoo.
Her tattoos are hand-crafted and she feels that they are too important
and intimate to be paid for with money. She prefers the pay-it-forward
system of reimbursement instead.
Miso is really taken with the idea of art, and especially street art, as being something which binds us as a community. It functions in a very old fashioned way, in that it becomes a way of telling and sharing stories and images, embedding them within the city. Like folk art, it comes to have a very particular, practical function. It brings us together as makers, viewers and consumers, finding new pieces and exploring the possibilities of our cities.