Lazarides Gallery presents tattoo artist Scott Campbell’s notorious Whole Glory project in London for the
very first time this October. The project will see Campbell tattoo a mystery design onto the arms of randomly
selected participants during Frieze, from 7-9th October, in Covent Garden’s Henrietta Street.
“Anyone who wants can stick their arm through a hole and I will tattoo it. I apply whatever design I feel the
appendage needs, and the recipient has no insight as to what it is until it is completed and they pull their
arm out of the hole. There is no communication and no contact other than the tattoo.
“It’s a chance for people to not take their physical selves too seriously, and take part in an exchange of faith
that will literally change who they are for the rest of their life.” – Scott Campbell
Campbell, who has tattooed Heath Ledger, Marc Jacobs, Orlando Bloom and Courtney Love, will permanently
ink the arms of those selected through a daily in-person lottery. The project involves participants placing
their arm through a hole in a wall and being inked by the legendary tattoo artist for free, on the condition
they have no involvement with what the tattoo will be.
Campbell will also debut a new body of work that has taken two years to create: a collection of fifteen
tattooed pig skin ‘quilts’ encased in stainless steel frames in liquid preservative. Each composition is
stitched together, specimens of poetry in flesh, Frankenstein-like assemblages of skin that the artist
has engraved with inscrutable precision. The tattoos themselves provide a feast of emotions, with carnal
themes of love, contest, loss and death, spiced with prayers and hope.
Scott Campbell’s first leg of his Whole Glory project took place in November 2015 over a four day session
at New York’s Milk Studios. Campbell then restaged the project in LA in June 2016 and, most recently, in
Moscow at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in September 2016.
First lottery drawing at 11am.
Entries for the lotteries will start at 10am.
There will be 6 lottery drawings per day.