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"Ballad of the Tattooed Lady" Firecat Gallery Chicago IL 2011

This series of work is titled “Ballad of the Tattooed Lady” and was originally shown as a solo show in Chicago 2011 at Firecat Gallery. This is literally a body of work, where each pair of gloves becomes a metaphor for a feminine body and each is decorated with unique tattoo narrative. I enjoy how the gloves and tattoos contrast each other in their cultural connotations. Ladies gloves being a high form of privilege fashion while tattoos historically has been a rough, low class and masculine form of bodily expression. This tension calls into question the cultural constructs of masculine and feminine bodies and how images in the tattoo vocabulary enforce those forms.

These gloves are all vintage, each unique and often showing signs of wear. I do not sell them as wearable fashion items but paintings that are on gloves. They hang on the wall via magnets and steel inserts or custom made shadow box frames. For prices and availability please contact Packer Schopf Gallery: Packergallery.com

Traditional tattoo designs on vintage leather gloves with dragon and showgirl
ink and acrylic on vintage gloves, steel and wood frame
12.5"x17"
2011
Traditional tattoo design on vintage gloves
acrylic and ink on vintage gloves, wood and steel frame wood and steel frame
13"x18"
2010
Kewpie doll tattoo theme painted on vintage women's gloves with flowers crosses and garlands
acrylic on vintage gloves, wax and custom steel table
10.5"x13"
2012
satanic goat head in pentagram, tattoo flash,satan head,daggers,garlands and banners
acrylic on vintage gloves
12"x10"
2012
mom tattoo with leopard pin-up girl words on knuckles, tears,boobs, and scallop detail on leather gloves
acrylic on vintage gloves
2012
vintage leather gloves with  pin up traditional tattoo images
acrylic and ink on vintage gloves, wood and steel frame
10.5"x13"
2010
tattoo on vintage gloves with anchor, clippership, and sailor motif
acrylic and ink on vintage gloves, includes custom frame
12.5"x17"
2011
traditional tattoo designs of mermaids on vintage gloves
ink and acrylic on vintage gloves, wood and steel frames
13"x23"
2011
vintage leather gloves with traditional  pinup tattoos
acrylic and ink on vintage gloves, wood and steel frame
13"x18"
2010
Traditional biker style tattoos on vintage gloves
acrylic and ink on vintage gloves, wood and steel frame
13"x25"
2010
traditional tattoo designs on vintage leather gloves with a dancing girls
acrylic and ink on vintage gloves, steel and wood frame
13"x23"
2011
tattoo on vintage gloves with cowgirl, american eagle and indian skull girl
acrylic and ink on vintage gloves, wood and steel frame
13"x18"
2011
traditional tattoo designs on vintage leather gloves with sailor motifs
ink on vintage gloves, wood and steel frames
13"x18"
2011
Traditional tattoo design of pinups on vintage gloves
Ink and acrylic on vintage gloves, wood and steel frame
13"x25"
2010
tattoo inspired flash sheet of sailor boy images
Acrylic on paper
approx: 11"x17"
2011
tattoo inspired flash sheet of snake girl images
Acrylic on paper
approx 11"x14"
2011
tatto inspired flash sheet
acrylic on paper
approx 11"x14"
2011