Scott Campbell, a celebrity tattoo artist who has done works for celebrities like Marc Jacobs and Penelope Cruz gave people free tattoos in the Milk Gallery in New York. But there was a catch; people had no say in what the tattoo would be. People were selected randomly from a lottery in the gallery; they placed their arms through a hole in a white picked fence and hoped for the best.
Artist Scott Campbell wanted the same freedom he had when he was drawing or painting while he was tattooing. He said, “I think every tattooer has at some point wondered what it would be like to tattoo if you removed the other person from the experience. It’s not as easy as other mediums to be free and inspired in your work, because you are constantly aware of the fact that your canvas has an opinion.” His wish came true in his exhibition “Whole Glory” where the people he was tattooing had no way of expressing their opinions. So he put his headphones on, waited for his canvas to arrive through a hole and tattooed whatever he felt like doing.
Campbell said he had some drawings and ideas in mind but as soon as an arm was in front of him, changed his mind at the last second and did something completely different. Later at an event was organized to bring Scott Campbell and the people he tattooed together; everyone expressed how amazed they were with the tattoo they got. None of the lottery winners wanted what anyone else had got and were perfectly happy with the one they had. Even Scott himself admitted there was a psychic energy to the situation.
Scott Campbell later shared the finished works on his Instagram with a caption thanking the participants for their confidence in him. What is amazing by looking at the works is how diverse they were and how amazingly they made the people that got them so happy.