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Scott Campbell’s Art: The Power and the Glory

SEEN is very excited with so many art events coming to London tin his first week of October. Frieze and Maverick Expo will fill the streets with artists and art lovers. At the same time, between 7th and 9th October, Lazarides will present a new exhibition and performance by acclaimed American art practitioner and tattoo artist Scott Campbell at Covent Garden.

SEEN is very excited with so many art events coming to London tin his first week of October. Frieze and Maverick Expo will fill the streets with artists and art lovers. At the same time, between 7th and 9th October, Lazarides will present a new exhibition and performance by acclaimed American art practitioner and tattoo artist Scott Campbell at Covent Garden.

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Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell is one of the most talented and steady hands in the world of tattooing. He’s tattooed the elite of the art, design, music, cinema and fashion worlds, such as Marc Jacobs, Orlando Bloom, Courtney Love and Penelope Cruz in his studio in Brooklyn. The waiting list is so long that it’s practically impossible to get an appointment, even if you are ready to pay the small fortune that one of his tattoos are worth.

However, now there’s a chance for a few lucky people: for two days, and coinciding with the Maverick Expo and Frieze London art fairs, Campbell will be at Covent Garden tattooing a total of 12 people for free. SEEN is not kidding. The reason is the continuation of “Whole Glory”, his art/tattoo/performance piece that was originally staged at New York’s Milk Studios in 2014. What’s the catch? At the centre of the installation is a hole; on the other side is Scott. You just have to put your arm through the hole and he’ll apply whatever design he feels that your arm needs. There’s no communication with Scott, who thinks that, “it’s a chance for people to not take their physical selves so seriously, and take part in an exchange of faith that will literally change who they are for the rest of their life.” SEEN would go for that in a New York minute!

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Even if you are not one of the privileged randomly selected candidates being tattooed by Campbell, you can still visit the exhibition that will feature a new series of nine artworks also related to Scott’s work: tattooed pig skin encased in stainless steel frames in liquid preservative. If you are not familiar with Scott’s art, SEEN strongly recommends you visit this eye-opening exhibition about new concepts in tattooing.

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Whole Glory
26 Henrietta Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 8NA