Culture Clash Tattoos

Instructions

INTRODUCTION:

By using images that we don’t really associate with each other, you will interpret culture and meaning. You will add tattoos to an image of a statue, while making sure that the style of tattoos relate to, and are relevant for the statue you have chosen
 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

1. Find an image of a statue you want to work with
2. Research the history or significance of the featured individual
3. List image ideas and keywords that are representative of the statue
4. Find tattoos that match in meaning, making sure to explain what the images in the tattoo represent
5. Combine in Photoshop to make it look realistic, using blending modes and distortion tools.

TIPS:
– Try to match shape of tattoo to statue at point of selection, the closer the fit, the easier the integration
– Tattoos on neutral backgrounds are easier to integrate, or you will need to edit out the ‘original’ skin where possible
– Use ‘multiply’ as the blending mode when layering tattoos, as this will use the shading in your statue to blend
– Use Distortion to fix perspective of the tattoos, you can use pins to get more complex results, then mask and crop

 

 

KEY CRITERIA: Realistic final image, completion of cultural research

BACKGROUND WORK:

STATUE and SOURCE / LOCATION:

WHO IS IT / WHAT DO THEY REPRESENT:

TATTOO IMAGES USED / CULTURAL SOURCE:

WHY (Explain your choices)
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CHALLENGE:

Create a second version of your statue, using images from a different culture or point of view

How to Videos and Guides
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Gallery of Samples
SAMPLE WRITE-UPS FOR SAMPLE IMAGES

Statue: David by Michelangelo
Who is it?: Biblical David was a shepherd boy who defeated Goliath with a slingshot and later became king of the Israelites
Images used: Tribal tattoos (pacific islander) Sheep head Tattoo and Biblical quote from David
Why: David always seen as the statue of a beautiful young boy. He was actually a Bada** who cut off the head of his opponent!

Statue; Venus (Plaster reproduction after Milo)
Who is it?: Aphrodite / Venus is the goddess of physical love
Images used: Tattoos of roses and hearts (North American), placed as a ‘Tramp stamp’ which has an erotic connotation, alternate image uses Japanese Yakuza design, which also is considered erotic.
Why: Aphrodite represents the physical side of love, so contrast of classical statue and ‘cheap’ tattoos seems to work