Thorsten Dennerline, “13 Tattoos”

Binding view: Wood block and photopolymer letterpress on Richard Da Bas handmade paper, Silkscreen folded wrapper

 

Binding view: Wood block and photopolymer letterpress on Richard Da Bas handmade paper, Silkscreen folded wrapper

 

Interior view: Wood block and photopolymer letterpress on Richard Da Bas handmade paper

 

Interior view: Wood block and photopolymer letterpress on Richard Da Bas handmade paper

 

Interior view: Wood block and photopolymer letterpress on Richard Da Bas handmade paper

 

Artist: Thorsten Dennerline (Bennington, VT)

Title: 13 Tattoos (2011)

Medium/technique(s): woodblock, photopolymer letterpress on handmade paper, silkscreened paper wrappers

Edition size: 25

Number of pages: 16

Dimensions, open: 5″ x 30″ x 0.25″ in

Dimensions, closed: 5″ x 15″ x 0.25″ in

 

Artist Statement:

Some time ago I suddenly got the urge to make a book about tattoos. I decided to think about tattoos not just as pictures or designs, but to consider them more broadly (scars, living drawing marks, body adornments, rites of passage, magic to improve the body’s function, ways to relieve or relive pain, signs of bravery, remembrances, cultural signifiers, or tribal/group markings). I also thought of the idea of drawing on skin and marking its surface as a way to be aware of it as a three-dimensional picture plane (with psychological implications). I have to admit that their association with crime and other “bad” things was enticing to me as well. This book of tattoo proposals is a simply a non-linear document of my own thinking about these ideas. This book of woodblock prints and photopolymer letterpress details is printed on handmade Richard de Bas paper and the folded paper wrappers are silkscreen prints. All printing and binding by the artist.