Cheyenne Randall, mostly-known as indiangiver, is a digital artist on Instagram famous for his impressive photoshopped tattooed celebrities. From beauty icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe to political figures like Bernie Sanders and JFK and first lady Jackie O, Randall lets his imagination run wild and his creativity to take over.
The product of boredom, his “Shopped Tattoos” series has since then acquired over 100k followers on Instagram including the likes of actor James Franco, whom he ‘tattooed’ on a particular piece that the actor personally reached out to Randall to work on another. Martha Stewart also gave her thumbs up to the finished piece of her tattooed portrait by Randall.
We also found out that Randall originally wanted to become a tattoo artist but became caught up with too many things to pursue it. “I wanted to be a tattoo artist for a long time,” Randall shared. “I missed the bus on that, so I figured out another way I can work with tattoo”
It all started a few years ago when the artist was recovering from a dislocated knee, stranded at home. “I was just trying to find some creative outlet from being stuck in bed, so I just grabbed my laptop,” he said. “The very first one I did was Jack Nicholson from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest... as soon as I was done with that, I was like, ‘let's do another one!’”
His incidental backup plan of ‘tattooing’—celebrity skin, at that—worked out after all as Randall recently opened his first exhibit for the three-year project, Shopped Photos. Named HOLLYWOODNT, the glorious images of tattooed Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and more were displayed in what was the biggest exhibit featuring his famous canvases.
HOLLYWOODNT is displayed inside Pioneer Square’s Treason Gallery in
Celebrity friend, James Franco even helped out in Randall’s exhibit and collaborated with the artist on a mural also displayed on Treason Gallery.
Randall also found something left unsaid within his works that says a lot about how we treat celebrities.
“There's these images that are ingrained, almost tattooed into our minds, of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe,” Randall said. “Everyone has their favorite iconic person and they've loved them so long it's like they know them, but really in the end we really don't know anything about them.”