Contemporary Adoration

Liam’s love and adoration for his father takes the form of a tattoo, a permanent tribute on his chest depicting his father’s iconic moustache. The idolisation of the father figure is heartwarming, a symbol that represents pain, both in the getting of the tattoo and in the hardships potentially faced by Liam’s father in the upbringing of children.

The tattoo alludes to horror: most parents would gasp at the thought of their child getting a tattoo. I remember a former flatmate who was covered in tattoos, and yet when it came time to go to work or visit his parents he would cover them completely. Most people were oblivious to the fact that he even had one tattoo, let alone an almost head to toe mural adorning his entire body.

Liam, 2012
Pigment print
25 x 25 cm