Kate Moss's Million Dollar Tattoo
The story about Kate Moss's Million Dollar Tattoo is quite cool: back in 2002 she gave an interview for I-D magazine about it.
“It was like, Who haven’t you met that you’d really love to meet? And I said Lucian Freud. And within two days—I think Bella must have read it and told Lucian—she said, ‘My dad wants to meet you.’ And I was ‘Oh, my God!’ Bella said, ‘He just wants to go for dinner with you. Don’t be late.’ So I went to the house. She took me to the studio, and he started that night. Couldn’t say no to Lucian. Very persuasive. And I phoned Bella the next day and said, ‘How long is it going to take?’ She said, ‘How big is the canvas?’ I said, ‘It’s quite big.’ She said, ‘Oh dear, could take six months to a year.’ ”
For those of you that don't known Lucian Freud, he is just one of the most important British painter of all time, famous for his portraits that capture the absolute relation between the artist and his models, so look him up!
The hole process took 9 months, with sessions 7 times a week, taking place from 7pm to 2am. The painting was later sold in an auction for £3.9m.
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So the story kept on going, “He told me about when he was in the navy, when he was 19 or something, and he used to do all of the tattoos for the sailors. And I went, ‘Oh, my God, that’s amazing.’ And he went, ‘I can do you one. What would you like?’ I was like, ‘Really?’ He said, ‘Would you like creatures of the animal kingdom?’ I said, ‘I like birds.’ And he said, ‘I’ve done birds. I’ve got it in my book.’ And he pointed at a painting of a chicken upside down in a bucket. And I said, ‘No, I’m not having that.’ And then he said, ‘Maybe I should just do you.’ I thought, I’m not going to have a girl on my … So we decided to do a flock of birds. I mean, it’s an original Lucian Freud. I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million? I’d skin-graft it. I think we should talk to [the art dealer William] Acquavella.”