Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Paper Aeroplanes

This is an animation I made for my Art studio project at Curtin. I was working with notions of impermenance and permenance, as well as the significance of placing text or images on the body.

This is my tattoo that i had done to contrast with the faded movement of the animation.

A lot of people don't like tattoos for their permenancy or their (dissappearing) social stigma. I can understand that to a degree. I don't really like tattoos that people don't think about in terms of aesthetics and concepts- you know, the kind that you get when you walk in to a parlour and choose a genetic design off the wall and decide to just put it on your back so you can hide it if you want to. Although sometimes these can be genius, all my friends or idols who have tattoos that i enjoy are the ones who seriously thought about the meaning behind them, or atleast the aesthetic.

My favourite tattoos are my grandads old sailor tattoos, which he ironically had done spur of the moment :P however they do make reference to his family back home, and generally encapsulate his time in the navy and his travels around the world, as a lot of old tattoos did.

I love tattoos and the stigma behind them. A lot of my favourite artists use tattoos in their work as symbols of different things- to give a marine feel, add a vintage aesthetic or in a more conceptual way- manipulating the stigma to create presumptions by the viewer.

I'm looking forward to getting my next tattoo!


  1. hello, i found your lovely blog and wanted to say hi! i am in love with this paper aeroplane tattoo! one of my blogs is called her paper aeroplane so you can see that i love the concept so much

    i might list you on my blog if that's ok?

    kerri xxx

  2. Aw thanks so much.
    Sure thing- i'm listing your blog on mine because i think 'her paper plane' is really beautiful.
    Thanks again

  3. I'm not sure how I ended up here, but i'm glad i've arrived- your plane animation and tattoo are great.

  4. thanks!
    i'll be putting some more animations up whn i get time

  5. Do you have a direct link to the animation anywhere- I wanted to post about it on my blog if that's ok?

  6. i'll upload it on to utube :) sorry about the delay, i haven't been online for a few days.
    I'll let you know when it's up :)