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Jessica Harrison Gives Antique Figurines a Contemporary Makeover

 - May 18, 2014
References: jessicaharrison & likecool
Hip artist Jessica Harrison gives your grandmother's dainty Victorian porcelain figurines a modern day makeover by painting various tattoos on the arms, shoulders and necks of these dolls.

When you think of porcelain figurines, often ideas of fragility, class and elegance come to mind. Harrison juxtaposes this structured notion of femininity by hand-painting various types of tattoos along the dolls' pale porcelain skin. The tattoos Harrison chose to draw tend to have a pin-up style depicting nautical, fantastical and eerie images of spiders, ships, roses and skull heads. The edgy tattoos beautifully contrast the figurines' flowing ball gowns, rigid up-dos and serene expressions. It's interesting to see what Victorian women would have looked like if they had adorned themselves with tattoos.