Monday, November 1, 2010

East River Tattoo

This tattoo shop from Brooklyn, New York was founded in 2000 by artist and self proclaimed patriot Duke Riley. The shop specializes in custom tattoos, influenced by maritime folk art and traditional tattooing from the 19th century. The nautical references can be seen clearly.

Next to being a tattoo artist, Riley's website shows us that he is the mastermind behind the creation of beautiful mosaic, scrimshaw and art installations. His artist statement reads like a poem:

"..Throughout my projects I profile the space where water meets the land, traditionally marking the periphery of urban society, what lies beyond rigid moral constructs, a sense of danger and possibility.."

(via WMCF)

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