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tattoos: an element of visual culture, or fine art?
Visual culture is the aspect of culture expressed in visual images. Visual culture includes but is not limited to advertising, buildings, photographs, movies, and apparel. Today tattoos are no longer considered a symbol of rebellion or subculture, but a form of self expression. We proudly adorn them on our skin for others to see. In recent years there have been fine art exhibitions that feature photographs of tattoos by famous tattoo artists. For example in 2015 the auction house Guernsey offered a collection of 1,500 images by some of the worlds foremost tattoo artists. But does the fine art community actually see tattoos as fine art, or decorations to permanently wear?
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Wonderful article. I have a four year fine art degree with a concentration in oil painting. With jobs being few and far in between for my particular skill set I have begun to tattoo. There is no doubt in my mind that to execute a well done tattoo the artist must possess the same amount of skill as any painter would to produce a beautiful painting.