Body modification -- be it tattoos, piercings or implants -- has become quite popular in recent years. Yet, decorating one's body is a tradition that actually dates back thousands of years, whether for ceremonial purposes, rites of initiation, group affiliations or for enhancing one's beauty. It can be a form of self-expression, worn conspicuously on the skin.
Aiming to tell imaginative stories about nature and her wild denizens, Portland-based artist Pony Reinhardt creates these incredible detailed inkings that incorporate an array of creatures and plants.
She says that her "art is a cosmic cataclysm of the Ghastly Phantastic" -- ranging from realistic portraits of wild creatures for children's books, to more mutant-like, digitally coloured creations. But Reinhardt's tattoos as seen here are quite lovely, depicting a dark-inked narrative about rebirth and the interconnected web of life, gently nudging us to rethink what the popular notion of a tattoo can be. If body art has long been a ceremonial vehicle of sorts, might we also re-imagine it as a vehicle to tell new stories about our vision of nature and our place in it? (We are a part of nature, and nature is a part of us.)
[Via: My Modern Met]