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Cade Martin: Tattoo

On a break during a project, a client and I got to talking about tattoos, and a potential portrait project involving tattoos. She mentioned a tattoo festival being held the following week in the Washington DC area. I didn’t have any tattoos myself, but was totally intrigued. The thought of all those people with their stories essentially written on their bodies was something I immediately wanted to photograph, these were characters I wanted to capture. From there I rented a space and set up a photo booth. Similar to how I worked at Comic Con, we asked people walking around the convention if I could create their portrait. I photographed everyone against a grey backdrop. In postproduction, I collaborated with the re-toucher and sampled the tattoos on each person’s torso; from there we created a unique personal tapestry background for every subject. Everybody I photographed had amazingly detailed, as well as personal, tattoo work, it was such a clear commitment of time - and money - on their part. In addition to capturing this in the portraits, the background helped showcase and amplify that investment in expression. The whole experience turned out to be a blast - talking and working with people from all walks of life bonded by their ink. I followed the DC shoot with another tattoo event south of LA and it was another outstanding experience, both as a spectator and as a photographer. It’s been amazing to spend a few minutes with these people and to see how they are expressing themselves - I find it captivating, mysterious and revealing. But, I still don’t have any tattoos.


Check out the behind the scenes video here.

NYC Salt

Sizing, Printing and Pricing

The total cost of the print includes a donation that the buyer makes to the charity directly at the time of purchase. The buyer receives the tax benefits and the immediate satisfaction of knowing that through their purchase they made a difference. Once the donation is made, the buyer then purchases the print from Giving Photography for the remainder of the amount. 

We ask that you donate 25% of the listed price to NYC Salt.  Want more information on how this works? Link here.

Listed price is inclusive of donation, shipping and printing costs. Framing and mounting not included. 

21 x 14:  $1000 

Image size - 16 x 12

30 x 20:  $2000

Image size - 24 x 18

51 x 34:  $4000

Image size - 40 x 30  

All prints are printed on Semi-Matte Archival paper.


Print size includes white border.

Certificate of Authenticity will be provided.

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