Photo via Widow Tattoo
This weekend, a handful of brave souls went down to Milk Gallery, stuck their arm through a hole for a while and pulled it out decorated with a lifelong decision they had no input on or approval of. Luckily, these trusting folks were in good hands, for on the other side of the tattoo glory hole was none other than Scott Campbell, celebrated tattoo artist to the trendy and famous (and successful visual artist to boot).
The goal was to experience the same sense of artistic freedom with tattooing as he does while working in the studio. “With tattooing, I have go get permission to be exploratory,” Campbell told The New York Times. “So it’s always been this romantic idea: if I could ever tattoo with the same freedom that I draw or paint.”
Comprised of skulls, roses, geometric patterns and his signature lettering, Campbell’s “Whole Glory” tattoos are, across the board, covetable ink. Here are a few of our favorites via Campbell’s Instagram. Each post was accompanied with the simple phrase, “Thank you for your confidence.”