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9 Feb

This New York Tattoo Artist Is Inking a Love Poem Onto 30 Strangers For Valentine’s Day

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Some scribble love poems into notebooks or cards; Amanda Wachob's are designed to be worn on your sleeve. Or rather, just underneath. Today the Brooklyn-based tattoo artist is in the midst of a second afternoon of sold-out appointments inside the Whitney Museum Shop, where she is installed at a sunlit table overlooking the Hudson River. Her weeklong residency, which culminates on February 15, pays tribute to St. Valentine and the holiday's communion of sorts: the classic conversation edible hearts made by the century-old confectioner, NECCO. After poring over the company's archival images and continually evolving phrasebook (passing over the beeper-code-era "143" and the now-presidential "Tweet"), Wachob singled out her favorite sayings (and a couple emojis), reimagining each as delicate line art inspired...
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31 Mar

Tattoo Artist Tati Compton on Instagram and the Occult

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There are a few things Instagram loves, but essentially it mostly comes down to cool people, clever imagery and human flesh. It’s rare to see someone manage to propagate this holy trinity as brilliantly, succinctly and cliché-avoidantly as stick ‘n’ poke tattoo artist Tati Compton. Her beautifully expressive linework and distinctive illustration style have placed her firmly in the vanguard of artists leading a recent revival of the somewhat primitive stick ‘n’ poke technique. For the uninitiated, in contrast to the buzzing needle gun used in most tattoo application, stick ‘n’ poke uses a needle dipped into ink, which then punctures the skin to create a permanent mark. Historically, the practice was mostly favoured by folk drawing onto friends, or...
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