This Woman Got 11 Tattoos To Document A Century Of Ink Trends

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It’s official – we love our ink! Pretty much everyone and their dog has a tattoo nowadays but, although body art is now pretty mainstream, most people are probably unaware of how they evolved into what they are today.

That’s why one brave woman allowed a tattoo artist to ink her with 11 different designs in a single week to demonstrate how tattoo styles have developed and changed over the last century.

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The video is the latest entry in the ‘100 Years of Beauty’ series but, this time, rather than focusing on hair and make-up styles, Cut Media went all in and put out an ad looking for anyone willing to be inked in every style from every decade since 1910.

Casey Lubin, a model from Ohio, stepped up to get the permanent artwork all over her body. And it was a pretty big leap, considering she only had two small tattoos before getting involved in the project!

She said:

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I saw an ad that said, ‘Would you be cool with getting 11 tattoos in one week?’ and I was like, ‘What, that sounds crazy!’ When I found out what it was, I thought it was a really amazing opportunity to be a part of this project, and have history be on my body.

I think it’s great that we can use our body as a canvas. It’s really cool that you can make art a part of your body. If your body is your temple, then you should be able to decorate it the way you want, right?

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Acclaimed artist Clae Welch drew and tattooed all 11 of the designs onto Lubin’s skin. Each was inspired by the trends of each particular decade and based on a particular famous U.S. artist’s work – from Charlie Wagner, to Sailor Jerry, to Nikko Hurtado – demonstrating how black and white evolved to colour, and how aesthetics changed drastically between 1910 and 2010.

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Casey even gets the same tattoo as Janis Joplin had on her wrist, for good measure.

The time lapse video is a fascinating feature and probably the coolest video in the ‘100 Years of Beauty’ series so far.

By the way, Cut are now looking for a man to replicate the experiment – so if you’re brave and you fancy looking like a historical work of art yourself, get in touch with [email protected]


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