Shanna – A Tattoo Portrait

Back to shooting my favorite subject the other day – tattoos. Why do I keep coming back to this? Why do I love shooting tattoos so much? I can only guess, really. Sometimes artists are drawn to their subjects for completely unknown reasons. Sometimes we just like a certain aesthetic. I enjoy the idea of the body as a canvas for artwork. I’m not drawn to just anyone with a tattoo – there’s a certain something about some people with tattoos – something more than just “Look at my bad-ass tattoo!” The people I enjoy photographing – and I know this sounds cheesy, but it’s true – emanate an aura that says, “I believe in something, something that impacted my life in such a way that I had to permanently etch it into my skin.” That’s a person with a story and someone who really interests me.

Such was the case with Shanna here. I met her while I was shooting Nikki Feroni and the Feroni Project. We scheduled and shoot, and after some harrowing driving through an unexpected snow storm, finally met up at a friends studio and below you can see the results:

If you like what you see here and want to setup your own shoot to showcase your skin art, head on over to the contact page to schedule your session.