For $10, Ink Your Name on This Artist

Illma Gore calls the crowdsourced installation a 'piece of unsellable artwork'
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2015 8:23 AM CST
For $10, Ink Your Name on This Artist
Illma Gore's image on Kickstarter.   (Kickstarter)

A 22-year-old California artist whose love of tattoos is instantly obvious (she estimates she has 47) is just a few days into a brash GoFundMe campaign: to become her very own crowdsourced art installation. For $10, people can get their name or one to two words of their choosing tattooed on Illma Gore's flesh—the only requests she says she'll turn down are words of hate or discrimination, reports Dazed Digital. "Tattoo Me," as she calls it, is an experiment to be a "piece of unsellable artwork" that will culminate in an LA exhibition in late March, where some of the final tattoos will be inked on live, reports KABC-TV.

"There is something absurd and beautiful about having an accumulation of absolute strangers [sic] names draped over my pale goth skin, even if half of them are 'Penis Butt,'" she writes on her GoFundMe page, which will fund the exhibition itself. Gore estimates it will take more than 60 hours to complete the tattooing, hence the desired $6,000. She's currently surpassed that goal by a few hundred dollars. "Almost every mentally stable person has told me not to do this," she says. "I understand their views. But it's my vision—they don't have to like it." (A Dutch foundation will actually remove and save the tattoos of loved ones after they die.)

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