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.


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."


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.