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This Man Sold His Tattooed Back to an Art Collector! See How Much He Got Paid!

6 February 2017

This Man Sold His Tattooed Back to an Art Collector! See How Much He Got Paid!

Did you know that this man sold his tattooed back to an art collector? See how much he got paid!

Tim Steiner’s tattoo was made in 2006, by now retired Belgian artist Wim Delvoye who was famous for tattooing great works of art on his pigs.

He created the work of art called “Tim, 2006”, in which Delvoye tattooed the back of Tim Steiner.

Now, after the artist is no longer sharing his talent, Tim Steiner skin featuring the Delvoye piece, it was purchased by a German art collector named Rik Reinking.

It might seem weird to you, but the skin preservation is a reality. The Wellcome Collection in London and the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum both feature preserved tattooed skins.

It might become a thing by the time the young people start to enter old age, according to Riley, particularly considering the monetary investment involved with collecting high-end tattoos.

Now Mr. Steiner, who lets people see his tattooed back several times a year, has given consent for his skin to be framed after his death.

This Man Sold His Tattooed Back to an Art Collector! See How Much He Got Paid!
This Man Sold His Tattooed Back to an Art Collector! See How Much He Got Paid!

“The work of art is on my back, I’m just the guy carrying it around,” 40-year-old Steiner, from Zurich, told the BBC.

“My skin belongs to Rik Reinking now,” he says. “My back is the canvas, I am the temporary frame.” “Gruesome is relative,” he countered.

“It’s an old concept – in Japanese tattoo history it’s been done many, many times. If it’s framed nicely and looks good, I think it’s not such a bad idea.

This Man Sold His Tattooed Back to an Art Collector! See How Much He Got Paid!
This Man Sold His Tattooed Back to an Art Collector! See How Much He Got Paid!

“Tattooers are incredible artists who’ve never really been accepted in the contemporary art world. Painting on canvas is one thing, painting on skin with needles is a whole other story.”

The art collector who bought the skin paid almost $139,000 for it, which split between Zurich gallery which has sold it, the artist and the human canvas.

This Man Sold His Tattooed Back to an Art Collector! See How Much He Got Paid!
This Man Sold His Tattooed Back to an Art Collector! See How Much He Got Paid!

As part of the sale, Steiner must display the tattoo by sitting topless in a gallery at least three times a year.

“Sit on your desk, with your legs dangling off, straight backed and holding on to your knees for 15 minutes – it’s tough,” he says.

“I did this for 1500 hours. It was by far the most outrageously intense experience of my life.

This Man Sold His Tattooed Back to an Art Collector! See How Much He Got Paid!
This Man Sold His Tattooed Back to an Art Collector! See How Much He Got Paid! |source: nyt.com|

“All that changed throughout the days was my state of mind – sometimes heaven, sometimes hell, always totally alert.”

I want to also mention the Irish performer Sandra Ann Vita Minchin, who hired a tattoo artist to recreate a 17th-century painting by Jan Davidsz de Heem on her back. She plans to have her skin preserved after her death and auctioned to the highest bidder.

What do you think of this method? Would you want to sell your tattooed skin?