CULTURE

Art on body’s canvas

What happens when tattoos take over the body? «Working Process,» an exhibition of photographs by Spyros Poros at the Selini Gallery, takes a look at the art of tattooing. The show is the photographer’s first and ends tonight. «I like tattoos. I, myself, have three,» said Poros to Kathimerini English Edition. «I like the idea of this painting on the body.» The photographer rejects the idea of marginalization which is often associated with tattoos, noting that they highlight our diversity. From ancient Egyptian priests to today’s Yakuza in Japan, tattoos often offer a sense of sharing and belonging. «Tattoos give you a sense of time and place, which makes you unique,» said Poros. The photographer, who worked on the project for four years, ultimately placed the photos on canvas, through a digital process. He also made the show more appealing by accompanying each photo with a short text, a little thought. «When you see two people hugging, the first thing that comes to mind is love or friendship, not their tattoos,» said Poros. What looks good today, however, might not be appropriate later on. Will any of these guys regret their body art? «Yes, you might regret it one day,» said Poros. «So it’s really important that you think about it carefully before you do it and make sure that it means something.» ‘Working Process’ is on show at the Selini Gallery, 331 Kifissias Ave., Kifissia, tel 010.620.9813.