Niall Patterson has been photographing people with tattoos for some time now. I was part of his Beauty Is Not Only Ink Deep (BINOID) project back in 2015, and I recently caught up with Niall about his new ‘floating water’ shoot.
The BINOID series aims to tell personal tattoo stories through striking portraits of ink-collectors.
“I wanted to create a set of portraits that would show people with amazing art permanently etched on their skin. I want the photos to show their individual beauty as well as that of their artwork’s.”
I’ve interviewed this photographer a few times now, and one of the questions I kept coming back to was – how many people with tattoos has he photographed so far?
After weeks of working our way through an archive of beautiful photos, I’ve counted 25 different faces. I’m sure Niall would find more buried in the depths of his computer, as he counts the total at around 35. He aims to eventually reach 100 to then present the varied collection in a photography book. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for his passions and endeavours – it’s definitely a book I’d love to have in my own home as it makes an important statement about tattoos.
So, for now, ladies and gentlemen, here they are, accompanied by Niall’s thoughts on the series so far.
Meet the Beauty Is Not Only Ink Deep community…
“The series aims to send out a message to the non-tattooed community. I wanted to show them this is an art-form, not an act of rebellion. Let’s try to erase the stigmas that are based around tattooed individuals.”
“I have not only spent time photographing these people, but have become close friends with so many of them.”
“These people are not just beautiful because of their artwork. They are beautiful people on the inside and I wouldn’t change my experiences with them for anything. I can’t wait to share more with you soon.”
Words: Beccy Rimmer
Photos: As credited