Tattoo Project to reveal its secret in November

rcopley@herald-leader.comSeptember 1, 2013 

We now know when the Lexington Tattoo Project will unveil its big secret: the image created when the more than 200 tattoos that Lexingtonians got last winter are all put together.

That and other things will be revealed, organizers say, the night of Nov. 15 during a party at Buster’s Billiards & Backroom to show the video that reveals the image.

A quick recap: Late in 2012, Transylvania University professors and artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova announced the Tattoo Project, in which words and phrases from a poem about Lexington by Bianca Spriggs would be tattooed on more than 200 area residents. The project attracted everyone from the heavily tattooed to first-timers who got their words of choice inked onto their bodies by Robert Alleyne and Jason Cameron Armstrong of Charmed Life Tattoo. Embedded in each tattoo is a set of blue dots that Gohde and Todorova say form a single image when brought together. Not even the project’s participants know what the image is.

The video includes Spriggs reading her poem, The ______ of the Universe, and Lexington native Ben Sollee performing original music for the video. According to the event’s Facebook page, we also will “meet the person who wears the entire image as a tattoo.”

Of course, one video does not a party make, so the event will include music by the March Madness Marching Band, which had many members participate in the project; the Lexingtones Ukulele Group; and other performers who were participants in the project.

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