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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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