Body modifications like tattoos, piercings and make-up can be seen every day on the street. The body, and in particular the skin, serves as a canvas to give form to yourself, to transform and show who you are. It is an important means of expressing identity. Mankind can be roughly divided into two groups: those who have tattoos and those who don’t. The latter group considers getting a tattoo an act of stupidity – done on impulse, during inebriation, out of lust, rebelliousness or simply intended to dare or impress others. The first group (which is on the rise) consist of those who’ve had one, or several, placed. Often with pride and often with a reason.
Our dear friend and famous Amsterdam-based photographer Krijn van Noordwijk has been fascinated by the latter group for years. TATTOO is a photographic homage to tattooed man. In an idiosyncratic, daring and sometimes hilarious way – but always respectful. As an extra, most of the portrayed people tell their own personal stories behind their tattoos because every tat has a story!