I wrote, designed, and fabricated this book outlining the history of tattooing from its Polynesian roots to present day styles and trends. There is a typography chapter that includes a plexi case with removable silicone swatches that I tattooed with American traditional, calligraphic, script, and new school lettering. Other chapters touch on the contested history of ‘freakshows’, the Japanese yakuza and irezumi, and tattooing’s crossover with the fine art world.
Four in All
The photo book shown below includes images of auto-rickshaw vinyl decals taken throughout the Andhra Pradesh region of South India. Interspersed with these images are photoshopped images of Bay Area vehicles emulating this style vernacular using “western” image motifs and clip-art. Seeing these images side-by-side highlights the glaring differences in the visual lived-experiences of these two cultures. The front and back covers are laser engraved acrylic with spraypaint accents.
These spirograph sets feature three “pages” of acrylic spirograph pieceswith clear plexi separating each compartment. The variation in shapes and sizes allows for a different drawing experience with every use. The shapes are based on a recursive process; I first used a classic spirograph set to create geometric circular drawings, then isolated organic images from these drawings and laser-cut them into their own set.