Dominic from Luton
Happiness is Easy
Denis Cockle to Duncan X to my left arm.
Repurposed in biro by Damien Good to a billboard on the outskirts of Leeds. Monochromatic souvenirs nestle with the freckles.
Fab lollies to HERO.
A bucket and spade and forever.
Motifs of a time coming round again.
Not my hands or yours.
Tomorrow is our permanent address.
Dominic from Luton, 2019.
Denis Cockle is a legendary tattooist who went on to teach Duncan X. Both now legendary in the tattooing world. Denis is now reclusive. Duncan X is much imitated, never rivalled.
Duncan X tattooed that image onto my arm because I liked it as an image. It’s from ‘flash’ which means a quick, straightforward, usually monochromatic tattoo. Most tattooists have them, usually sheets of them. A ready to go approach.
They form part of my collection. It sits within a monochromatic rendering of iconic British seaside souvenirs. Motifs where every day is Summer. A one season arm. I had all of my tattoos professionally photographed a year ago with the intention of reworking them somehow, could they travel? If the hands were tattooed on anyone’s arms what happens when they leave mine and are put back out into the public sphere?