i was introduced to a frenchy by the name of ‘freeka tet’ recently.  one night i met with an australian friend, ‘reecard farché’ who was in paris just for one more evening to play a gig.  reecard wears an amazing penis on his face when performing his electronic musical somethings.  freeka makes similar performances himself, though i have only seen him on stage once.  on this occasion he wore some big pink ears, and brushed his teeth…

BUT i am getting off topic little.  the thing i am personally more interested in for this post is that freeka also likes to make tattoos on people.  for a lot of reasons i have always been fascinated by tattoos – aesthetically and conceptually i believe it to be a really exciting practice.  and these tattoos i particularly adore.

the idea of permanence involved with tattoo art (for me) also conversely refers to the notion of personal changes with the passage of time.  besides how beautiful tattoos can be i think for some of us the act of placing something visual and permanent on our skin can be an attempt to imprint and show off an important piece of our individual story.  as with the pieces above, tattoos are a personal business and for the outsider it’s impossible to understand completely what or why.  i think this makes the whole idea a little bit special.

freeka was trained in visual arts and advertising, later working in graphic design for several years.  but as he said to me,

the tattoos i am doing are the opposite of everything i learnt in school, its more linked with my music

you might have understood already from my brief description of his music that this is far from any kind of formal or institutionalised form of art.  it seems to me to be a more spontaneous, child-like, happy and sometimes violent expression of energy.

in this sense i am reminded of my last post on basquiat and both artists’ connections to the art brut style.  freeka also sites the cobra movement of 1948-51 including a collection of mostly dutch and danish painters committed to spontaneity and freedom of colour and form.

the way freeka himself began the tattooing was to make a dot with the basic needle and ink on his friends and eventually progressed to a ‘real’ tattoo gun machine.  in fact, he practiced on himself in the beginning – apparently the top of ones’ legs is a nice and easy place to start – and tells me it doesn’t really hurt because of how focussed one must be to make the tattoo.  i can almost believe him but when he offers me, if i’m interested, to try it on myself  i don’t hesitate (too much) to reply in the negative.

shortly after this kind suggestion, i discussed with freeka the addictive quality of tattoos and truly, i can’t say i’m not tempted to have a go…

to see more of freeka’s tattoos
click here
to see all of freeka’s links including
sites for his music, art, performance
and video please click here


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