I’m quite fascinated by the experimental ultra-wide needles that experimental art tattooists Cy Wilson and Caro (see the blog skintraces.blogspot.ca for an engrossing view into their avant garde world of ink). Check out these monstrosities:
If you’re wondering what sort of strange art you might create with such a contraption, here are three guniea pigs they’ve experimented on with them, using them to do strange calligraphic brushstrokes that would be almost impossible with a traditional tattoo tool — the only other thing that could easily create such a pattern are some of the hammer-like hand-tattoo chisels that some polynesian tatu masters use. In the past people have experimented with similar needles to speed up black filling, but here they’re being used more creatively. Click to zoom in on these images:
Again, do check out skintraces.blogspot.ca — whether you love it or hate it, it’s a fascinating look at the borders of the tattoo artform, where it intersects with modern art.