Would it change your opinion of tattoos if you found out that your favorite movie star or actor was covered in them? We can also invert that question: would you start looking at your favorite movie star or actor differently if you discovered their bodies were inked with tattoos?
Seattle-based artist Cheyenne Randall explores these questions with his digitally-altered photos, which portray actors, musicians, and other famous figures past and present covered nearly head to toe in tattoos.
Continue scrolling to check out the pics and let us know who you think looks better before and who looks better after in the comment section!
The artist started this project quite naturally. It was an organic process that has evolved over time. But if he was to pinpoint the beginning, Randall would choose the '90s, the times he was sitting at the dentist's office waiting for his appointment, grabbing a magazine and drawing a mustache on some guy or a teardrop on Cindy Crawford.
There's no one way how he chooses the celebrities he's 'inking.'
"Sometimes, it's from old Life Magazines, sometimes from a movie I'm watching or a song I'm listening to," he told Bored Panda.
The artist half-jokingly said the mechanical part of creating an image for the series is usually "a terribly boring process" that involves a lot of "select tool, a new layer, technical pen brush, a new layer, a new layer, flatten, save as." These days, however, he draws everything by hand in Procreate.
"I make each piece with reverence to the subject," Randall added. "I thoughtfully plan out the layout of the imagery, doing my best to include aspects of the subject's life into the work. There's either a love or hate reaction that people have to my work... My hope is just that it ignites the imagination."
In my opinion, it certainly does! In fact, I would even argue that seeing these familiar faces in a totally new skin provokes thoughts on societal standards such as beauty and image.
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