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New Limited Originals by HA-HA Regan Tamanui , by blu on May 18, 2020 13:52:52 GMT 1, Art Exhibition: ‘A Retrospective of Tattooing: King Frederick IX and icons of the times’
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This exhibition is to explore the story of tattooing and its spiritual and life memories. From tribal beginnings, the tattoo has been at the forefront of the media. The significance and societal attitudes toward tattooing and tattoos have changed from ancient to modern times. The tattoo has identified the role and the importance of the tattooed individuals, weather their role was a shaman, a warrior, or a chief.
Nowadays, the shamans are musicians, actors, royalty, or various celebrities. They get glorified like gods by the crowd and mesmerize the crowd with their hypnotic actions, such as music, acting, and business professions. The fascination can transform any ordinary suburban kid into a cool fashion-conscious individual.
Tattoos have been considered for long as a bad stigma and frowned upon by many societies. In light of this, the royal King Frederik of Denmark was a huge sensation to local and international people. Even though tattooing is becoming more commonplace today, the current Crown Prince of Denmark Frederik has also been in international news, when he was showing off his tattoos to the public like his grandfather King Frederik IX. The big question, which is stimulating everyone’s curiosity, is weather Princess Mary of Denmark has tattoos, as described in Haha’s painting titled ‘Princess Mary’.
The main showcase of tattooing is to reveal where one comes from, what has happened in one’s life or which tribe one belongs to. The exhibition ‘A Retrospective of Tattooing: King Frederick IX and icons of the time’ contains limited editions, multilayered stencils figures with tattoos, such as Tattoo King Frederick, Captain Cook, Singer Rihanna, Māori activist Tame Iti, etc. They deliver the story of tattooing beyond the visible and the tangible, from the traditional meaning to today’s contemporary manifestation
Presenting artworks of Haha (Regan Tamanui, Australia), this exhibition ‘A Retrospective of Tattooing: King Frederick IX and icons of the time’ considers the meaning of tattoo and the visual in exploring different people with tattoos, like King Frederick IX of Denmark who is famous for having acquired tattoos and showing them off. The artist Haha offers a fresh perspective on cultural icons with tattoos of different times by seeking the story of tattoo, which is spiritual and life memories.