Tati Compton’s work has always been a bit, let’s say, controversial. But then again, would it really be a true Tati Compton piece if it weren’t? Creating absolutely beautiful hand-poked work out of East London’s famed Sang Bleu studio, Compton has made quite a name for herself. Sexually-charged undertones can be found throughout the entirety of her work, but instead of creating sexual scenarios or subject matter just for the sake of “controversy,” Compton instead ensures that each tattoo is firmly rooted in reason and feminism, a trait that seamlessly carries through to her flash art.
While a major portion of the time her work does involve sex, nudity, or domination (mainly of masculine characters), there is hardly ever an instance Compton illustrates these situations without purpose. This can be seen in her version of a woman crouched over, examining her genitalia with a mirror. While it might come as a bit of a shock to some people, Compton’s underlying message lies within that mirror. In essence, she is saying that it’s not shameful to be a woman, that women should not downplay or stunt their own sexuality merely for the sake of societal satisfaction. Her flash art deals with the same notes of women reclaiming their sexuality.
Illustrations of every type of woman dot her flash, from socialites to nuns to sex workers. The nun, while not overtly sexual, can be seen sitting in an upright position with full stockings and garter belt hanging out, and although these items in themselves aren’t sexually charged, the notion underneath a nun’s habit might lie such “promiscuities” is. It reclaims the Sister’s status as a woman without portraying her in a crude manner.
The sex worker, on the other hand, standing casually on a corner, wearing the tightest mini dress and heels while carrying a wad of cash, looks relatively unassuming. It is in this way that Compton reclaims the sex worker’s status as both a consenting participant of the adult industry (a respectable job in and of itself. Men demand sex and access to sex, but shame the people who supply it), as well as a person and not an object.
Compton’s work is bursting with socio-political implications, and we absolutely love it. So the next time you feel like the patriarchy is beating you down, take a look at Compton’s inspiring Instagram. Semi-nude, sexually liberated ladies are sure to brighten even the darkest of days.