Tat Tues is Dead Deco‘s weekly dip into the tattoo pool of art to see what we can find. Today’s piece comes from owner “Alex” as photographed by Catherine Duran. This is an impressive tattoo for both its detail and its size. While researching this photo, we noticed that the majority of comments posted to this picture mention an appreciation for the tattoo. This then brings up a few questions.
In regard to the photograph we have chosen to display, who is best credited for this work? The most striking thing about the photograph is the tattoo, yet nowhere in the photo’s description was the tattoo artist mentioned. The tattoo artist is ultimately the craftsman that made this photograph interesting, yet there is no credit given to them. What about the model and tattoo owner? In 1/60th of a second Catherine seems to have taken credit for another artist’s hours of work. Is this right?
This trend is much more noticeable in the digital era due to the fast cycle of capture-publish-sell that is permeating modern photography. Taking pictures of other people’s art is a great way to appreciate good work but it is a lazy way to make art. What do you think?