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A Sign of The Times, Russian Prison Tattoos, and More Art Shows

Rirkrit Tiravanija
untitled 2017 (tomorrow is the question, january 21, 2017), 2017
Acrylic and newspaper on linen
89 1/4 x 73 1/4 inches
Courtesy Rirkrit Tiravanija and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome
(c) Rirkrit Tiravanija

The Times
Opening Thursday, June 1 at The Flag Art Foundation. On view through August 11.

Hate it or love it, one newspaper that has rocketed even more to the forefront of the public eye in the past year is the Times. From the president’s dismissal of it as failing to its recent scoop battle with The Washington Post and even today’s announcement that it has eliminated its public editor position in favor of opening more of their articles’ comment sections, there is much to talk about.

This art exhibition goes even further than the paper’s recent goings-on, asking over 80 artists to use current and archival issues of the physical newspaper as a jumping-off point to create works of their own. Some imagine what the headlines would be in 2020, some insert themselves into the news, and others take a second look at press coverage of major historical and sociopolitical events. If the news wasn’t already on your mind constantly, this show could do the trick. Keep Reading »

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Art Openings: Augmented Reality Voyeurism, Tattoo Art N’ Meatballs, + More

(flyer via Slide To Expose / Facebook)

Slide To Expose
Opening Thursday February 23 at Babycastles, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through March 9.

This “collaborative augmented reality installation” is created by Molly Soda, Nicole Ruggiero, and an augmented reality app called Refrakt. If you’re confused about what augmented reality is, recall Pokemon Go. Two creators known for their “net art” collaborating with a literal app sounds like a match made in heaven. And it seems to be: Slide To Expose plays on themes of digital intimacy and privacy, but does so by asking viewers to scan objects in the gallery to reveal hidden pieces of a life online, like emails or text messages.

On the one hand, art all about online expression and how technology affects our lives can seem like old hat. On the other hand, if you’re getting another chance to take a peek into how an individual person expresses themselves online specifically, you’re going to be getting a unique and different experience every time. Plus, you’re doing so through scanning stuff. When any object could contain a secret, why not give it a whirl? Keep Reading »

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Hardcore Tattooist Inks Deal For His Own Place in the East Village

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Tattoo artist Baz is bringing 16 years of experience to his new shop, Clash City Tattoo, opening today in the East Village. He had hoped to open last weekend, on the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death (“I was going to do Elvis tattoos for cheap,” he told us), but it took a little longer than expected to finish up the interior.

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Line Up to Get Your Slab Poked at Meattt, Bushwick’s Freshest Tattoo Shop

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Marina Heintze at her Bushwick tattoo shop, MEATTT, Inc. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Another tattoo shop. In Bushwick. Next to an esoteric record shop. OK… you might be thinking. But your attention please, because the mind of Marina Heintze, bled out of her ears and solidified in tattoo parlor form, is anything but the embodiment of that triangle tattoo you’ve seen on everyone and her sister since Miley Cyrus revealed that anyone, so long as they’ve got a sewing needle, some India ink, and a bottle of vodka, can permanently press ink into skin.

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Morbid Anatomy’s Day of the Dead Revelers Showed Us Their Tats

For this ghoulish installment of Why That Tat, we crashed an early Day of the Dead party at the Morbid Anatomy Museum.
laetitiaprofileLaetitia
This is a pair conjoined skeleton siamese twins, each holding snakes. They are battling each other. It’s my Day of the Dead 2009 souvenir! I have always been interested in medical history and anatomy. When I was attending university in Paris, I use to take my lunch breaks in this old anatomy museum that had medical specimens like two headed babies and fetuses. The specimens had this bizarre connection to the history of health and, I don’t know, there’s something really special about them. Some people collect them, and I can’t afford them. And since I have been traveling a lot, I can’t take a lot with me, but tattoos I can take with me everywhere I go.
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We Asked 15 Rockaway Sunbathers to Show Us Their Tats

(Photos: Amy Lombard)

(Photos: Amy Lombard)

ZIN QUINONES
Tell me a little bit about the tattoo on your back and on your leg. When did you get it and why did you get it?
I had went through a situation about two years ago, and so I actually had to restart P.A. school. I just really liked the phoenix because it’s the only creature who sort of self-destructs and is reborn again from its ashes. I felt like getting back into P.A. school and being able to complete my dream symbolizes the phoenix.
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Will Fussell Of Mood Rings Settled For This Tattoo Instead Of an Iggy Pop One

Welcome to Why That Tat?, in which we bring you the origin stories of the best/strangest/most hilarious/bizarre tattoos we encounter.

Will Fussell's mantra

Will Fussell’s mantra. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

When we last chatted with Will Fussell, the charming frontman of the band Mood Rings, we discovered he lives on a futon in his manager’s apartment and enjoys wearing turtlenecks. What we did not discover is that he has this totally awesome tattoo on his wrist. Yesterday evening, shortly before Will dug into a quinoa bowl at Dimes in LES, we asked our favorite eccentric weirdo, “Why that tat?”
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Michael Ian Cummings of SKATERS Loves Pizza, and Has the Tattoo to Prove It

Welcome to the first installment of Why That Tat?, in which we bring you the origin stories of the best/strangest/most hilarious/bizarre tattoos we encounter.

Michael Ian Cummings shows off his arm at a Whigs concert at Brooklyn Bowl. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Michael Ian Cummings shows off his arm at a Whigs concert at Brooklyn Bowl. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

This week’s tattoo lives on all three members of beloved New York-based band SKATERS. It depicts two things we are very fond of: laid-back vibes and pizza! We asked SKATERS’ frontman Michael Ian Cummings, an East Village fixture, for some background:

It’s always funny to me how much people respond to this tattoo. I only did it because the rest of the band was getting them. Not trying to prove I like pizza more than you or anything (but I probably do). Lele from 8BallZines gave them to us while we were trying to finish the last song on the record at Electric Lady Studios. It was more distracting than I thought, but no problemo man.

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On St. Marks, Piercings Trump Fro Yo — Again

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

If there was ever any concern that there weren’t enough places on St. Marks to get your belly button pierced at 2 a.m. on a Friday night, Elite Jewelry and Piercing Co. has just opened, replacing self-serve fro yo shop Yogurt Station.

It’s the second late night “body mod” outpost to claim the space of a frozen yogurt joint on this very block (NYC Kulture replaced a Red Mango just across the street), which would suggest that the drunken vagabonds of St. Marks would rather enhance (or disfigure) their physical appearance than enjoy a frozen treat. Except that vegan ice cream joint DF Mavens is coming to the block.
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Is This French Rapper With a Louis Vuitton Head Tattoo the World’s Most Ridiculous Man?

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

(Photo: Lauren Carol Smith)

Can we talk about Swagg Man for a momo?

Don’t worry, we didn’t know who Swagg Man was either until we saw a blinged-out mofo with a Louis Vuitton head tattoo dining with an entourage at Han Joo on St. Marks Place. After sneaking the photo you see here, we googled “Louis Vuitton head tattoo” and found out he’s a Paris-based Brazilian-Tunisian rapper who claims to be a millionaire, rides a Lambo and a Bentley, wears Versace but spells it Versacey, and has “Every Day Is My Birthday” etched across his forehead.
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Three Kings Tattoo Was This Detroit Native’s Gateway to Brooklyn

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

(Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Six years ago, Mike McNelis became a regular at Three Kings tattoo parlor by playing softball just as much as by getting inked. Originally from Detroit, McNelis works at Benjamin Moore Paints, helping contractors, architects, and designers find the best paint for their needs. The 37-year-old got into the paint game 15 years ago while putting himself through school at the University of Michigan and working for a painting contractor. After getting the itch to move, he bounced from Detroit to New Haven and then over to New York.
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