Video of the Week: Skin

Posted filed under Contemporary Art, Documentaries, Featured, Videos.


Featuring contributions from Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Raymond Pettibon, the film is a beautiful visual essay from the frontiers of contemporary British art. Directed by Ryan Hope, Skin is a dark, stylish examination of tattoo culture as high art, and a film that tests the boundaries of art and the human body.

From a review at ID: “In March 2011, five people volunteered to be part of an art project involving some of the biggest, most revered names in the contemporary art scene. Its stated aim was to ask serious questions about what, exactly, constitutes art.

The five volunteers – Jack, AJ, Leaf, Shauna and Conrad – gave their skin as a canvas for the likes of Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Raymond Pettibon. They were to become a walking original; a permanent, mobile gallery piece from the hands of artists who routinely charge hundreds of thousands for their creations to hang in a frame or sit in the corner of a room.” More at ID.

Skin was made in association with Garage Magazine to mark the launch issue, and was made possible by the generosity of Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, and W Hotels.

Skin from Stamp on Vimeo.

More at stamplondon.com and garagemag.com.

View more of Ryan Hope’s work: ryan-hope.com / stamplondon.com/music-videos/ryanhope

Director Ryan Hope
Executive Producers Dasha Zhukova, Phil McCluney, Danny Germaine, Neil Cray
Line Producer Laura Jones
Concept & Art Curator Becky Pootschi
Stylist Chloe Kerman
Financial Director Marina Barber
Director of Photography Tony Miller
Editor Ryan Boucher
Sound Designer Brendan Woithe
Post Production Prime Focus, The Mill
Artists Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Raymond Pettibon, Jake & Dinos Chapman and Richard Prince
Volunteers Jack, AJ, Leaf, Shauna and Conrad
Tattoo Parlours The Family Business, Kings Avenue, Gold Rush
Tattoo Artists Mo Coppoletta, Mike Rubendal, Lindsey Carmichael
Music Actress, Alpines, Alex Jones, Creep, Glimpse, Amon Tobin