Exploring the Tattoo: AP Drawing SI

Inquiry: What, if any, is the significance in the images people choose to permanently tattoo onto their bodies?


14.5 in x 12.25 in

Idea(s): Investigation of Whang Od Oggay, a 101-year-old traditional tattoo artist from the Philippines. 

Materials: Cardboard, rubber practice skin, tattoo ink, tattoo machine, varnish

Not the End

15 in x 12 in

Idea(s): Some survivors of suicide attempts get a semicolon tattoo to represent the continuation of an end.

Materials: Cardboard, construction paper, newspaper, rubber practice skin, tattoo ink, tattoo machine

The Seasoned Hitman

8.75 in x 11 in

Idea(s): Teardrop tattoos symbolize a life the person has taken. The subject is aiming through a rifle scope.

Materials: Pencil, ink, paper, acrylic paint

Maori Study

21 in x 18  in

Idea(s): Study of traditional Maori women’s tā moko

Materials: Cardboard, paper, acrylic paint, varnish, tattoo ink marker

The Lovers/The Fool

18 in x 24 in

Idea(s): Portrays impulsive matching couple’s tattoos, and how they are said to curse a new relationship.

Materials: Spray paint, watercolor paper, rubber practice skin, tattoo ink, tattoo machine, varnish


18.5 in x 15.5 in

Idea(s): A physical collage of what my materials look like, various items and tools attached with spray glue.

Materials: Spray adhesive, rubber gloves, tracing paper, permanent marker, tattoo ink, cardboard, needles

Why overcomplicate things?

10.5 in x 11 in

Idea(s): Minimalist print of shapes found in line tattoos, with more detailed continuous line drawings. 

Materials: woodcut, printing ink, permanent marker

My Tattoo

2  in x 4  in

Materials: Rubber practice skin, tattoo ink, tattoo gun

Full Presentation:

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