Visual artists are not only dropping tattoo imagery and techniques into their art, but are also gaining mainstream exposure for it.
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"Art to humanity, like hope to life, is the purpose of being, the main cog of an apparatus; convincing eyes and souls that dreams exist to be shaped, desires to be fulfilled, taboos to be wrecked. In between political and commercial propaganda, some artists find their place amidst a realm of the non sequitur. Kim Joon is an artist of this kind. Ren Wan loses grip of herself amidst Kim Joon’s beguiling imagery. "
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"Korean artist Kim Joon has an enduring interest in hidden desires. Using animation photography Kim makes templates of three-dimensional human figures, which he then embellishes with bright tattoo designs. There is a striking visual quality to Kim's work that owes a great debt to his training as a painter."
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Tattoos are taboo in Korea - but it's a Korean artist named Kim Joon that's become well versed in the art of body painting.
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The powerful works by Kim Joon depicting intriguingly 'tattooed' bodies beg for context. However, to more deeply understand Joon's meditation on the meaning of tattoo as a social phenomenon and uniquely human act, a viewer must first appreciate the man and his personal experience.
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Korean artist Kim Joon explores the human skin as an extension of canvas and tattoos as a manifestation of human desire.
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"Having exhibited widely across the world, this is Kim Joon's first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. The Korean artist uses digital printing techniques to superimpose images upon nude bodies, creating colorful body tattoos. When you look closer at the artworks, you discover that various luxury brands including Westwood and Ferragamo are embedded on the bodies."
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There is perhaps no greater indicator of changing tastes in London's contemporary art scene and the West's hunger for fresh cultural and artistic influences than the masses of people who came to witness the 'Korean Eye: Moon Generation' Exhibition, which showcases the finest contemporary Korean art at the renowned Saatchi Gallery in London.
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