When Suzie Barry came into Jason Ward’s tattoo shop the first time, she knew exactly what she wanted and he knew better than to turn her away. He gave her the tattoos she requested and she was on her way…without even paying.
Now she comes in for the same treatment every single Friday. And Ward still doesn’t charge her.
Barry has down syndrome and before she goes to her vocational day facility Ward says she likes to get tatted up so she can show off her new art. She prefers Maori design, because she has a friend at the facility with that style of tattoo up his arm and she likes to compare her weekly work with his.
The first time she came in, she just walked in, slapped a couple of stick-on tattoo packets on the desk and asked me to put them on her arm. I said, “What?” And she said it again so I sat her down and put them on….
It started out as something quite funny, though. I mean, who does that? Who walks into a tattoo shop to get stick on tattoos? But if she was a member of my family and she had have walked into another tattoo shop and they had told her to bugger off, I’d be angry. Why would you say no?
Why, indeed. She has been visiting Ward for 4 months now and neither of them plan on ending their weekly ritual anytime soon.
If you have a kid who loves to draw, you know that most of their many, many pictures turn into litter around the house. A few gain the notoriety of becoming fridge art. And a very rare few are filed away to be used as nostalgia inducement in years to come.
One of my earliest recollections, on a car trip, was my perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage. The revelation that I was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with me. This visual deception is now the basis for my creative direction.
When this idea is applied to my compositions (floating book, floating cards, floating rock) a sense of the impossible happens — for me, magic.
And as he crafted these, he didn’t simply just stand them there, but put them into action, just like we saw them on Saturday mornings. It is both fun and fascinating to see how much energy and personality are still there even though all we can see are their imaginary bones…
Ernst Berlin wanted to make his wife’s first birthday with their new baby really special; so he turned to Reddit Gets Drawn, where artists of a variety of styles will interpret your photographs for you. He commissioned 24 artists to draw portraits of their adorable 8-month-old son Jacob.
For her series Museum of Selfies, Danish designer Olivia Muus imagines what it would look like if the subjects of classic portraits were really posing for selfies. Suddenly their expressions make so much more sense…
These awesome reboots of iconic Disney stills were done by Tyson Murphy, a video game character artist. He uses Photoshop and a keen artistic eye to bring more realistic movement, color, and depth to the often flat appearance of classic Disney movie characters.
The results show how these older movies may have looked if they were made in a more modern era…