My love and passion for music are what started my ongoing Archival Ink project in 2005. At that time I was photographing a lot of hard rock bands and most of the members were covered with tattoos. One day I asked the singer of a band called A Farewell Fire if he would mine coming into the studio so I could photograph his tattoos. Knowing how much he admired art I knew he would say yes.
I have always had a fascination for all types of art, but the ancient art of embedding ink into human skin interested me more than any other. It was not so much that someone would alter there body to the point of no return, but more so the story behind the tattoo. A good portion of people getting tattooed wanted to tell a story of a part of there life. Whether it was to mourn the death of someone very close to them or to celebrate the life of their newly born child, whatever their reason was they wanted to permanently document a part of there life on their body.
Being as most tattoos are on the chest or arms I try to not have any clothing on my subjects, as to focus all the attention on the tattoo. It can be a very fine line between fine art and erotic photography so I make sure to never show any parts that should not be seen or have any type of facial expression that may imply a sexual demeanor. This is a project that will never come to an end
INK 180 was founded by Chris Baker in October of 2011 to offer the opportunity for a real second chance to the least of these, the invisible, the forgotten, the discarded. Chris provides his time, supplies and artwork, entirely free of charge to former gang members trying to get their lives back on track, self-harm survivors as well as the victims of Human Trafficking. INK 180 is entirely funded by donation no charge is ever asked of the people receiving Chris’s ministry.
The goal of the INK 180 Ministry is to join forces with other tattoo artists and dermatology groups from across the country to provide free tattoo cover-ups or removals. If you would like to be a part of the network, please contact Chris at 630.554.1404 or email at email@example.com.
Rates Archival Ink session includes up to a 3-hour shoot at my studio in Patchogue NY or a location of your choosing, and 3 hi-resolution retouched files: $300.
$100 of your session fee will go to the non-profit Ink180.