As a recently turned tattoo aficionado, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon Scott Campbell’s ‘Whole Glory’ tattooing project last week in NYC. Basically, the artist gave tattoos for free without interacting whatsoever with the recipient. The people were chosen via lottery system over the course of 4 days. Winners placed their arm through a hole in a wall where Campbell sat on the other side with his equipment. No words were exchanged and Campbell knew nothing about the person receiving the tattoo on the other side.
Campbell told The New York Times, “I’ve had lots of people come to me and say, ‘Do what you want, I totally trust you,’ but as a tattoo artist, you never have absolute freedom in what you create.” The 23 individuals selected left with various permanent art including skull, rose and heart themed designs. “I’ll do it again, for sure,” Campbell told The New York Times, “I’m opening a studio in L.A. in the springtime, so maybe that will be the kickoff. Who knows, maybe it’ll just be a hole! Maybe my studio will just be a hole.”
Photos via The New York Times