Topic number 2. Tattoos. A subject that is surprisingly still very controversial in some homes, both domestic and abroad (looking at you Japan.) But it's no wonder why though, when it has had intrinsic ties to both gang-affiliation and low-income status.
With the dawning of the 21st century, new sterilization methods, and artistic legitimacy it's a shame that this veil has not yet been lifted from so many people's eyes. However, it's monstrous scribbles like the ones below that the industry still has so many grungey pre-conceived notions attached to it. Some of these are so bad you have to wonder "who's idea was this, and did they deserve it??"
I think there would be a much wider respect for tattooing if they were at least able to nail down the typography. This idea has way too much of the same motivation behind it as the picket fence concept though. I would expect output to look something like a tattoo typography guidebook/internet resource, but that just seems so out of touch. Originally I planned to learn the tattoo process and try to incorporate some type of "performance" at the senior show (ie. getting tattooed/giving a tattoo at the actual show using the resources and research I developed over the course of my senior year).
It would be so awesome to see this idea come to fruition, but it needs a much better angle. Still so psyched about this medium that I bought a super cheap tattoo machine kit - NO, I will NOT be tattooing myself or any of my friends with it. However, I do have a ton of fake skin that I've been playing with... More on that eventually though (it's SUPER hard not to absolutely trench fake skin on a flat surface. The vast majority of tattoo artists are EXTREMELY talented at what they do, so don't try to do that to yourself if you buy one too.)
Oh Jessica Hische, you get me!!