art parody

The Creepy Tattoo Show

Inspired by various remakes of “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp” by Rembrandt, I wanted to make my own version. I borrowed a tattoo gun from the tattoo artist who did most of the works on me. I spent quite a long time to get the characters together. At the end I decided not to remake all the characters on the original painting. My aim is not to “copy” the original work but to inject something fun into a familiar situation.

We are all free to interpret it in a personal way. Let me express what I see in the characters with the homemade comic strip below - so mean, but so much fun.

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Mind your own business

In this picture I am referring to a painting by Jacques-Louis DAVID in 1793 about Jean-Paul MARAT's death, “Marat Assassiné” (see further down).

Seeing how David glorified this figure in the French Revolution, I had the idea of making fun of us - modern people - about how fragile our convenient online communication has rendered us. How easily we get crushed by a quick email at work or a “mean” message from someone. Compared to an era where people fought for their life and death, our struggles nowadays seem so small, although by no means I am denying them because I am also part of this population. When I feel defeated by receiving mean signals from people, I like to remind myself, "It's not about you. They are projecting their own world instead of telling you who you really are. GO MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS."

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About the piece of paper sticked to the tiny brown suitcase : It’s written “Ton mail m’a tuer” (“Your email has killed me”) with a deliberate grammatical mistake referring to another famous murder case in France in the 1990’s. But I’ll stop right there in my multiple references to murder. :)

Below is Jacques-Louis David’s painting in 1793 about Jean-Paul Marat's death. Marat was actively involved in the French Revolution despite a severe skin condition that forced him to work from a medicinal bath. A woman called Charlotte Corday from the opposing political party stabbed him in his chest. Jacques-Louis David painted Marat’s dead body in a glorified manner.

I’m definitely not a great art teacher so don’t hesitate to look for more information about this work.

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