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Catherine Quigley: Ink - Tony Ward Studio

Catherine Quigley: Ink

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Photography and Text by Catherine Quigley

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Decorating the body is a way of displaying something internal on the external. Tattoos are trending but they are not a modern concept. A tattoo is a decision. There is a meaning. There is a reason. However, these internal decisions are not apparent. There is an inherent enigma to a tattoo, it represents something but to an outsider this something remains unknown. The permanency of ink is astonishing. Tattoos are the only bodily decoration that last a lifetime. This series captures expression. It encompasses self-expression.  The contrast of black to white bolds the distinction between skin and ink. It embraces the reality of the inability to determine the reasoning behind the indefinite decision. Decorating one’s body is an ancient tradition, there is a timelessness of this trend in fashion.

Decorating the body is a way of displaying something internal on the external. Tattoos are trending but they are not a modern concept. A tattoo is a decision. There is a meaning. There is a reason. However, these internal decisions are not apparent. There is an inherent enigma to a tattoo, it represents something but to an outsider this something remains unknown. The permanency of ink is astonishing. Tattoos are the only bodily decoration that last a lifetime. This series captures expression. It encompasses self-expression.  The contrast of black to white bolds the distinction between skin and ink. It embraces the reality of the inability to determine the reasoning behind the indefinite decision. Decorating one’s body is an ancient tradition, there is a timelessness of this trend in fashion.

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Photography and Text by Catherine Quigley, Copyright 2015
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About The Author: Catherine Quigley is a senior enrolled in the College at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015.

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