Hmm… I wonder where he is from? That has a lot to do with what is written on his face I am sure. If it were zoomed in a little I could make out some of the words. The cross on his right ear signifies something too. Interesting picture in that it is both beautiful yet mysterious for any viewer.
I like how the photo is completely centered on him. He is the only thing in focus and the background is just that, a background. There are so many people with tattoos, a lot of them of have poems are inspirational messages on them, but there is something a lot stronger about these tattoos, despite the fact they’re unreadable to me.
Incredibly interesting photo. Very powerful. This goes so far beyond fashion photography that its crazy, but still somehow, thats exactly what it is. Scott’s work just gets more amazing all the time. The face is so beautiful, and the tattoos are so beautiful. its so personal, i almost feel like i am intruding by looking at this. I am actually glad I don’t know what they say, its even better that way.
what sticks out to me is his earring….for all we know it could say ….peace to all…..or writings from the koran…..or fashion bullshit…at least he wrote small…and hopefully in ink(pen)..his face is broken out tooo
Jo m’apunto a aquest estil, perĂČ sense tatoo. Portar escrit paraules, poemes, qualsevol idea, etc al teu cos. Em falta saber amb quĂš escriure. Quan ho trobe-ho serĂ perfecte.
UN Tatoo amb idees i que desapareix amb el temps, com tot!
AIXĂ ĂS EL QUĂ M’AGRADARIA. (en catalĂ )
I found this picture really interesting. When I first saw it, the symbols (which I thought resembled arabic signs) co-existed with the cross. But then I notice the ratio of the symbols to the cross and that leads my thinking in another direction. And then I realise that the picture has achieved its purpose through individual perception. It then takes shape into being a work of art, a portraiture of individuality being spoken through fashion. Very cool!
IÂŽm in love. I see it as a Peace statement, the absurdity of war, we are diferent, we are equal…
Although I donÂŽt think he got tattoed, I can see kind of blur from common ink… maybe IÂŽm wrong. Best picture in a long time, thank you!
Arresting picture. I questioned in the beginning if it was a man or a woman. I suppose the answer is the obvious stubble of a beard. However, this young person is a Preacher of co-habitation in our society. I am grateful.
grand portrait really… I’m sssso much impressed! I couldn’t stop look at the face and read…
is he said? oh, yes, for certain!
despaired? … may be… mad?..
a great mystery is written (and – literally: written!..) on his face…..
I too see the edges of the transfer material… but I think that any imagery worn on the face, temporary or permanent, is very striking & not done lightly. He looks beautiful. And I want to know what the words say and if & how they connect to the look in his eyes.
Whoa … compelling photo. The calm, cold stare down …. he looks like he’s been through a thing or two … and yet, is so young. The backwards baseball cap, the crucifix earring, the tattoos on his face all tell a story. I am soooo curious to learn his.
Scott – when you post such compelling images, you MUST tell us a bit about the person!!!!
I have been looking at this photo for three days now. It is amazing. For me, this image is so contemporary, but also holds an ancient Al-Andalus vibe. (In)tense, Squared! Your photography is Fashion based and Fine Art, at the same time. Tremendous work.
Love it! One of the best photos I’ve seen you capture yet. Lastly, how sad that some have commented that they’re fearful. What a shame. Cowering in fear makes us miss out on some of the most interesting things in life. I wish more people were less fearful.
Love it! Sensual. One of the best photos I’ve seen you capture yet. Lastly, how sad for those who have commented that they’re fearful. What a shame. Cowering in fear makes us miss out on some of the most interesting things in life. I wish more people were less fearful and more appreciative.
Kurihara Tao did something very similar in 2008 on the models for her runway show. It does have an interesting, vaguely menacing effect–which she used very well to produce a kind of witchy-lolita look.
But I do think that you want to make sure your skin is in good shape before you start writing on it, or taping fake tats onto it. Otherwise you just draw attention to your complexion problems, and that’s not so cool.
If you look closely at his face you can see that they’re not actually tattoos, but transfers. As an example you can clearly see the mark over his right cheek created by cutting the words out from a sheet of paper.
Not taking anything away from him however, quite a striking image.
I’ve been told that there are severe issues in Paris revolving around racial stigmas – particularly against French Muslims. This statement whether permanent or temporary is stronger than some may realize. The writing may be Arabic but the cross is not. The next contradiction is the business attire and the face tattoos. Tattoos are considered unprofessional in the business world and are usually concealed for that reason. Lastly, there’s the question of man or woman. There’s an overwhelming appearance of masculinity with something just the slight bit feminine in the eyes. The ever contradicting messages of this photo make it interesting and timeless.
Has no one here ever come across henna tattoos? They wash off after a time and are prevalent in a number of cultures – North African, Egyptian, Middle Eastern, Indian and have been for thousands of years. I am startled and saddened by the, to put it politely, naivete of many comments here.
Nope, sorry not henna. They’re stick-on. I can’t really read what they say, mostly because of the photo quality. Sorry. (there’s a word, ‘tahyeeha’ which means to give it life/make it live. Could be from a holy book, or just poetry.)
Steve M. Your own medicine -henna tattoos turn out brown, leave REALLY thick lines and would be impossible to write that tiny with.