Oh, the joys of being inked. If you have tattoos, you’ll be familiar with the sharp stabbing pain that goes on and on and on — for hours sometimes, if you’re getting an intricate design etched into your body. Photographer Anne Burlock Lawver decided to document the pain and joy (it’s possible) of tattooing in her photo series Indelible.
The photos are all from a single tattoo parlour, the now-closed Gunmental Tattoos in New York City’s Washington Heights neighbourhood.
‘The beauty I saw and tried to convey through my work was both the physical beauty and emotional beauty of the individuals during their private experience’, Lawver said via email to Slate.
‘No other situation that I’ve photographed has given me such an experience, such a thrill. I returned to the shop again and again anticipating my work taking me into ‘the groove,’ that deep level of concentration and involvement in the moment when nothing outside one’s attention exists. Circling around arms, legs, heads I was a dance partner with the same exhilaration of joy one can find when seamlessly pairing with another dancer’.
Beautiful pictures, but boy, those people look like they’re in pain. My advice? Never get a tattoo on your ankle, hand, ribs, lower back, groin area — oh hell, it hurt wherever you get one, nevermind.