Whole Glory: Where You Get A Free Tattoo Which You Don’t Get To See Till It’s Done

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Scott Campbell, a Brooklyn-based New York tattoo artist, is putting his work and his customers’ trust up to the ultimate test: he offers free tattoos to people as long as he gets to choose the design and not show it to them until it’s done. The project, named “Whole Glory”, includes people putting their hands through the whole in the wall for Campbell to work, while they wait for a tattoo with a theme unbeknownst to them.

Such trust isn’t unfounded: Louisiana-born Campbell is a renowned artist who has tattooed celebrities such as Marc Jacobs, Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Penelope Cruz and Robert Downey Jr. At the end of each session, it is his tradition to always thank the customer for their trust in him and his art.

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Campbell abandoned a career as a biochemist at the University of Texas in order to move to San Francisco and learn the craft of tattooing

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In the City by the Bay, he learned the business at the Picture Machine, one of the oldest tattoo shops in California

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He now owns and operates the famous Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City

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According to Campbell’s website, his list of clients includes “New York’s art and design elite”

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Campbell often works through media other than the human skin

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He is renowned for his intricately carved sculptures made out of US currency…

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…a series of watercolor paintings based on his experiences during a 6-week stay in a maximum security prison in Mexico City…

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…and graphite drawings done on the insides of eggshells.

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He often takes the “Whole Glory” project on the road, including trips abroad

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“Anyone who wants can stick their arm through a hole and I will tattoo it. I apply whatever design I feel the appendage needs, and the recipient has no insight as to what it is until it is completed and they pull their arm out of the hole,” he said while visiting London in 2016

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“There is no communication and no contact other than the tattoo. It’s a chance for people to not take their physical selves so seriously, and take part in an exchange of faith that will literally change who they are for the rest of their life.”

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Speaking to the New York Times, Campbell once said there was a “palm-reading aspect” to his work. “I don’t really know the person, but I’m physically touching them, reacting to them subliminally,” the artist said.

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