Mo Coppoletta is set to be the first tattoo artist to ink visitors live at an art fair and give participants the opportunity to become a part of a human artwork. Already a world renowned tattoo artist, Coppoletta has tattooed the likes of Jake and Dinos Chapman and Paloma Faith, and collaborated with Damien Hirst and the Prodigy.
Sharing in Coppoletta’s belief that tattoos should be regarded as the new form of fine art, The Other Art Fair offers its visitors the option to get inked by this sought after artist amidst the bustle of the art fair. Coppoletta has created four new tattoo designs exclusively for The Other Art Fair, giving visitors the chance to get a permanent creation from the tattooist; the only thing that has come close to this type of event is David Shrigley’s fun, temporary tattoos he created for Frieze Art Fair visitors.
The artistry involved in Coppoletta’s craft is clear. The process the tattooist undertakes for creating each of his custom-made designs is a meticulous one. Each tattoo is a careful combination of both the preferences of his client matched with the forms and colours that are in line with Coppoletta’s artistic aesthetic. Far from mainstream, Coppoletta’s work champions the idea of the tattoo as a new form of fine art, not only based on artistic merit but due to their long and varied historical significance.
Tattoo art is the most intimate and lifelong form of art being created today, and highlighting its pioneering transition into the art world you can catch Mo Coppoletta at The Other Art Fair from 25th
Open Thursday 5pm-9pm (private showing), Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.
Tickets: £12 (Private view) | £6 (General), £3 (Concessions) http://www.theotherartfair.com/visiting/tickets/
Words: Kitty Lungley