Metamorphosis is a collaboration between the photographer and the tattoo artist to highlight the extraordinary talent that these artists possess. It is also about changing perceptions of stereotypes; changing ideas. For too long now the tattoo artist has been ignored by the mainstream art world. The world that tattoo artists inhabit is seen by many as a twilight world of criminality and an underclass. These artists are true masters of their craft; they are talented artists in their own right.
The working method of the project is to take a photograph, give it to the tattoo artist and allow him or her to draw over the image in their own particular style. This should represent the style of tattooing that they would normally create, allowing the relationship between sitter and style to express itself through the portrait.http://www.metamorphosisbook.co.uk