Fine Artists Take On Tattoos: Ellen Greene

katievidan in Stories

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.

"Ballad of the Tattooed Lady"
"Ballad of the Tattooed Lady"

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.

"Invisible Mother's Milk"
"Invisible Mother's Milk"

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.

"Murder Ballads"
"Murder Ballads"

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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.

Hand-painted wearable gloves by Ellen Greene
Hand-painted wearable gloves by Ellen Greene
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Beautiful hand-painted wearable gloves
Beautiful hand-painted wearable gloves
Hand-painted wearable gloves by Ellen Greene
Hand-painted wearable gloves by Ellen Greene
Hand-painted wearable gloves by Ellen Greene
Hand-painted wearable gloves by Ellen Greene
Pink hand-painted wearable gloves
Pink hand-painted wearable gloves
Awesome hand-painted wearable gloves
Awesome hand-painted wearable gloves
Hand-painted wearable gloves by Ellen Greene
Hand-painted wearable gloves by Ellen Greene
Hand-painted wearable gloves by Ellen Greene
Hand-painted wearable gloves by Ellen Greene

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.

katievidan

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