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An Artist Borrows from Obscure Books for a Pop-Up Tattoo Shop

For her tattoo designs, Doreen Garner mined the Reanimation Library, a collection of obscure books, finding hand signals and “the occasional escalator going up into a vagina.”

Doreen Garner tattooing at Recess’s Invisible Man Tattoo (all images courtesy Pioneer Works)

Last time artist Doreen Garner was at Pioneer Works, she performed an astonishing surgery on a silicon replica of Dr. J Marion Sims, who carried out cruel gynecological experiments on enslaved women in the 19th century. This week, Garner returns to the Red Hook space for a different kind of operation: tattooing.

Reanimation Library presents Make it Last Forever… flash sheet created by Doreen Garner

Garner, who has been giving tattoos for two years now, mined Pioneer Works’s Reanimation Library — a collection of “near-obsolete publications” — and found “some really random imagery” as inspiration for her designs. The library keeps a wide array of books; recently acquired titles include Blasters’ Handbook: A Manual Describing Explosives and Practical Methods of Use and The Freeway in the City. Garner told Hyperallergic that she tried to “form some common themes” for her flash sheet, including “hand signals, parts of the body, body systems, and the occasional escalator going up into a vagina.”

“I was always interested in alternative methods of mark making, physical trial, and the body,” Garner said. “Working with the body, blood, ink, and plasma as a new medium has been very exciting and challenging.”

You can still reserve a spot to get a tattoo from Garner at the pop-up shop, Make It Last Forever … , this Friday and Saturday. (Price points vary, see registration form for details.) The mostly black-and-white designs include teeth, an embryo, brains, and a middle finger.

When: Friday, April 13, 12pm–6pm; Saturday, April 14, 12pm–8pm
Where: Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn)

More info at Pioneer Works

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