this was my 400th post btw

I did some tracing exercises in photoshop like suggested by Proko. I learned that what you see in reality varies a lot by the model – Is it a muscular person? I can see the muscles quite good but I have to estimate the underlying bones. Is it a skinny person? I see the bones a lot better but have to guesstimate the muscles. Btw, this is my 400th post. Time flies!


Intaglio | Tattoo
Kickstarted this year by tattooing one of my etchings onto friend CBH. Stick and poke with a 3RL needle, been doing more of them recently.
I don’t copy the etching line by line, I basically re-do the entire work.
When writing on my plates it of course happens backwards, and I very much value that small translation that happens in the etching and printing process, the result is very close to my handwriting but not exactly, a mirrored copy of my backwards handwriting really, which looks a lot like my own handwriting, but with a certain distance to it. 
When tattooing the change to the handwriting is different, but still enough to satisfy me. And like in intaglio, the ink sits in the deeper parts, the “grooves” poked into the skin by the needle. Probably overreading the significance of that, but still - into it.

Since I’ve been thinking so much about tattooing in relation to etching, I’ve decided to only do them in an edition of 3. I’ll post some of them infrequently, from the 33 series and the HOW TO LIVE work I’ve been doing on my leg in the last months.

*apologies for terrible cell phone pics, btw. 

** also: 400th post, what what what what.

*** so far I’ve only worked on people I know and really like. I’m considering to expanding that to people I like, but not neccessarily know yet. Get in touch when interested and in a city I either live in or visit. Stockholm Helsinki Berlin Vienna and so on.

Further reading:

I only fucked you as a joke

“oooh baby, I can’t make good decisions everyday”