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Lexington: Inked in the Name of Love

By Kentucky For Kentucky |

In case you didn't know, Kentuckians Kick Ass: they get inked in the name of Kentucky-love. You've heard of state pride, Kentucky, but here in Lexington we've taken community involvement to whole new level.

The Lexington Tattoo Project is the brainchild of Lexington-based artists Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde, who called Lexingtonians to have the sentiments of a love poem to their city tattooed on their bodies. Written by Bianca Spriggs, the poem contains images and phrases essential to the spirit of Lexington. It can be found in its entirety not only on 253 unique bodies but also here.  

The project has been covered extensively by local and national media, and has inspired other cities to create parallel artistic collaborations.

Lexington's tattoo experience unfolded in three phases, and participants celebrated through every part of the process. First, Robert Alleyne and Jay Armstrong of Charmed Life Tattoo inked each phrase. Second, each participant was photographed. Finally, video installations showcasing the finished product was unveiled at PRHBTN in November of 2013; the book documenting the project was launched at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in February of 2014.

Now, we're going to bring you another place to feast your eyes on the Lexington Tattoo Project in all its glory – you can buy the book for $49 here on Kentucky for Kentucky's website starting on Friday at 10am.

Photos via Rich Copley, here and here.

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