A man without tattoos is invisible to the Gods
Getting a tattoo means marking your body from here to eternity. It is an ancient rite, also present in various tribes of the edge of the world. With this photographic portfolio “INKED IDENTITIES” I wanted to create a path through images that would help me answer many questions I had. I wondered how many and what reasons lead a person to choose a specific symbol to be accompanied throughout his life. Then, how many and what reasons lead to choose to get a tattoo at that precise moment. These questions forced me to look for the psychological root of marking one’s skin, of getting a tattoo. The identity of each of us is not always easy to communicate or reveal. In an increasingly globalized and standardizing world, I believe that the desire that lies in many young people is precisely that of making their identity shine through and making it original. But it is certain that the tattoo is a brand that helps to transform the invisible into the visible. Here is a first reading key to take into consideration. With a tattoo, a piece of our identity is made clear and visible. A piece of invisible that becomes visible “black on white”. A piece of us that goes from inside to outside. From secret it becomes public. Or, at least, available to sight and not just to inner knowledge. Branding your skin is equivalent to highlighting a piece of yourself. A “declaration” that will challenge time: it will be “for life”.
Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm Aspherical