Tattoos have never really been regarded as “high art,” but at this year’s NY Art Book Fair, art world mogul Larry Gagosian will focus on tattoo culture with a pop-up parlor for his latest exhibition, FLASH FLASH FLASH.
For the exhibit, Gagosian has commissioned Kim Gordon, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Devendra Banhart, Max Hooper Schneider, Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright to create limited edition flash tattoos that will be permanently inked on people during the fair. Each design follows traditional styles and sizes, with P-Orridge creating a Sailor Jerry-inspired wolf and Wright designing a modern take on classic floral imagery.
For this year’s fair, artists from Brooklyn’s Flyrite Tattoo will tattoo only six of the original designs, with each one numbered on the skin, before retiring the image permanently. That means, only 36 people can pay $250 to get one of the designs before the opportunity ends, but if you’re not one of the lucky 36, you can still get a temporary version at the booth. As of now, appointments and designs are still available on the Gagosian Gallery website.
Check out all available designs, above, and see FLASH FLASH FLASH at the NY Art Book Fair from September 15-18 at MoMA PS1.