Skin and Storytelling

Tattoos are an artform which have not been acknowledged in the mainstream art world. This exhibition explores the body as an art gallery and a canvas from which stories can be told.

Inspired by the tattoo featured above, created by Rachel Baldacchino and permanently worn by Joel Gerada, the Art & Industry Festival put out a call on social media to see if there were other stories connected to the West Gate Bridge that people wanted made into permanent artworks on their skin. There was much interest.

This led to a collaboration between tattooist Rachel Baldacchino at Body Image Tattooing, graphic designer Megan Slattery, photographer Lindy Allen and the commissioner of the artwork Daniel Williams.

View the exhibition at Favor & Grace café in Laverton where the process of creating the tattoo design from a very important story and the application of the tattoo is documented in photographs. See how skin can be a personal canvas where important stories are told.


Tattooist: Rachel Baldacchino
Graphic Designer: Megan Slattery
Photographer: Lindy Allen
Artwork Commissioned by: Daniel Williams

Event Details

Favor & Grace Café, 87 Railway Avenue, Laverton

Fri 16-Sun 25 Nov,

Tue-Fri: 7:00am-3:00pm
Sat-Sun: 8:00am-3:00pm