The Human Canvas (PHOTO SPREAD)

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The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos.

~ Author Unknown

Whether or not we realize it, we are each given a canvas at birth. This canvas is one we wear, one we carry with us where ever we go. Some people choose to journey through life as a blank canvas. Others, however, choose to decorate their canvas with ink; to display their imaginations on the outside for the world to see.

Within each of us lies the potential to be living, breathing works of art. Art, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. To behold beauty – and art – is to embrace it. And few people embrace it as thoroughly and passionately as those who have it permanently etched into their skin.

I take pleasure in adorning my body with images I find beautiful and can constantly ogle and appreciate. Tattoos can hold very serious meaning for a person, help a person to heal or find closure after a difficult time in life, or can just be for fun.

~ Emily Mueller (top)

Featured model: Brittany Burggraaf (left)

Tattooing is often a magical rite in the more traditional cultures, and the tattooist is respected as a priest or shaman.”

~ Michelle Delio, Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration

Featured model: Susan Junis (left)

I think it can be intimidating to some people that I am so tattooed, because I am putting on display what most people choose to keep hidden about themselves.

~ JoAnn Larpenter-Sinclair (above)

Beauty is skin deep. A tattoo goes all the way to the bone.

~ Vince Hemingson

I work in childcare. Kids are amazing because they don’t usually have preconceived notions yet. So I would like to help them form a hopefully much more positive idea of a tattooed person.

~ Ashley Shields (left)

I think the skin as a canvas is a beautiful thing, especually due to the collaboration and relationship you build with your tattoo artist… I love my tattoos and the different reactions they create; art is supposed to illicit some sort of reaction and my tats definitely achieve that.

~ Heather Kramer (above)

My tattoo is a reminder to myself to live my life everyday, as a dearly departed friend reminded me. I survived cancer. She didn’t. But the entire time she was getting sicker and sicker, she lived her life to the fullest. I want to remember that.

~ Dani Lin (left)

The right moment wears a full head of hair: when it has been missed, you can’t get it back; it’s bald in the back of the head and never turns around.

~ Francois Rabelais

Featured model: Nick Doucette (left)

Your body is a temple, but how long can you live in the same house before you redecorate?

~ Author Unknown

Featured model: Whintney Tripp (above)

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Featured model: Neo McAdams (above)

A man without tattoos is invisible to the Gods.

~Iban Proverb

Featured model: Kevin Hansen (left)

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