Photographer Portraits Journey Beneath The Tattoo

Gino Dartnall - Gino Dartnall - 24 years old. Gino started tattooing his own face at 18 to cover up facial work someone else had previously had done Photographer Mark Leaver captures tattooed people with a deeper perspective. . . . His new collection of images, entitled 'Tattoo', is intent on redressing assumed public prejudices surrounding tattoos. The study seeks to showcase, as a passion and individual self-expression, the practise for visual body modification through inserting indelible ink into the skin's dermis layer. All the while, examining preconceived misconceptions and misunderstanding of the facial and bodyart community - as a subculture. Actor Johnny Depp once said: "My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story." Leaver allows the viewer a unique opportunity to learn about the tales behind the tattoos. The photojournalist took time to discover the fascinating background stories of each of its subjects - revealing the colourful creative characters behind the tattoos. His ensuing project presents portraits of its subjects in their home and work environment, with pets and loved ones. Recent surveys have stated a fifth of all British adults and thirty five per cent of people aged between 30-39 sport tattoos. Whilst In the USA 40 per cent of those aged 26-40 and 10 per cent between 41-64 have tattoos. Mark Leaver says: "Tattooing is more popular at the moment than it has ever been in history. This is down to many things, one of the main being that tattooing is endorsed through celebrity culture as result making them fashionable. However I wasn't interested in the thousands of people with a sleeve or back piece which they cover up when they go to work. Its facial tattoos which grabbed me and the direct confrontational nature of them. "Historically facial tattoos have had a huge amount of taboos around them. People associate facial tattoos with a number of negative things including suicide rates, criminality and depression. This couldn't be further from th - Friday 6th June 2014 (27 Pictures)

Journey, Gino Dartnall and Tattoo 1

Journey, Gino Dartnall and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Iestyn, Melodie and Tattoo 2

Journey, Iestyn, Melodie and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey and Tattoo 3

Journey and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Cammy Stewart and Tattoo 4

Journey, Cammy Stewart and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Jack Denny and Tattoo 5

Journey, Jack Denny and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Gino Dartnall and Tattoo 6

Journey, Gino Dartnall and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Yan, Delphine and Tattoo 7

Journey, Yan, Delphine and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Cammy Stewart and Tattoo 8

Journey, Cammy Stewart and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Kirsty Wood and Tattoo 9

Journey, Kirsty Wood and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Rusty Walters and Tattoo 10

Journey, Rusty Walters and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Xed Lehead and Tattoo 11

Journey, Xed Lehead and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Keif Price and Tattoo 12

Journey, Keif Price and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Paul Harper and Tattoo 13

Journey, Paul Harper and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Calum Stewart and Tattoo 14

Journey, Calum Stewart and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Iestyn and Tattoo 15

Journey, Iestyn and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Paul Harper and Tattoo 16

Journey, Paul Harper and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Dom Short and Tattoo 17

Journey, Dom Short and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Jay Read and Tattoo 18

Journey, Jay Read and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Calum Stewart and Tattoo 19

Journey, Calum Stewart and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Touka Voodoo and Tattoo 20

Journey, Touka Voodoo and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Dom Short and Tattoo 21

Journey, Dom Short and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Joe Munroe and Tattoo 22

Journey, Joe Munroe and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Xed Lehead and Tattoo 23

Journey, Xed Lehead and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Matt Black and Tattoo 24

Journey, Matt Black and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Joe Munroe and Tattoo 25

Journey, Joe Munroe and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Himemiya Neko and Tattoo 26

Journey, Himemiya Neko and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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Journey, Iestyn Flye Seven and Tattoo 27

Journey, Iestyn Flye Seven and Tattoo
Photo credit: Mark Leaver/mdleaver.com


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