Fine Artists Take On Tattoos: Ellen Greene
The fine artist whose work I'm featuring this week is Ellen Greene & her hand-painted, traditional tattoo-inspired gloves.
Ellen Greene, based in Chicago, is hugely inspired by traditional American tattoo design. Being an extremely talented, tattooed lady herself- it only makes sense that her passion for tattoo art seems to jump right off her skin and into her own artwork, with her own ultra-feminine twist along with an insightful commentary on men and women's roles in society.
Greene's reasons for creating these delicate-but-super-badass works of art are anything but arbitrary. She says of the simply titled collection "Gloves:"
… traditional American tattoo is a symbol of masculine adventure, rebellion and sexual exploits. At the same time gloves were a staple of “good” American women, tattoos were only for sailors bikers and criminals. No proper woman also had tattoos – especially not on her hands.
Aka, fuck tha system. I like that.
The contrast between the beautiful, delicate vintage gloves and Greene's bold imagery and language is striking, and incredibly impactful- and even more so after hearing the artist speak of her reasoning behind these decisions.
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Greene hand-paints these original tattoo-inspired works onto vintage leather gloves- some of which are for display only (the first three pairs were on display at Firecat Gallery in Chicago in 2011) while others are made to be worn.
So, whether you're already tattooed & simply appreciate Greene's homage to traditional tattooing, or you're too scared to actually get a tattoo but wouldn't mind faking it every once in a while... Ellen Greene is your girl. Pick up a pair of her wearable gloves here- and definitely keep an eye out for more of her projects- I have a feeling they might have something to do with tattoos.