I’m conceptualizing a new personal photography project inspired by two brief experiences photographing tattoo artists (read about them here and here). I accompanied a friend to finish a tattoo in progress at East River Tattoo in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. My plan was to make some photos, but primarily to observe and ask a few questions to see if my idea had legs. During a chat with the tattoo artist, my thinking took a sharp turn, and I was inspired by something she said that was so much more coherent than the fuzzy concept I started with. Now I have a lot more thinking, researching, and planning to do, but I think the new direction will make a terrific project.
An Afternoon at East River Tattoo