Meet Tattoo Tim

Monday December 05, 2011 Written by nadia

Anyone familiar with Roald Dahl's short story, Skin, will note an eerie similarity in the work of Belgian artist Wim Delvoye's living, breathing human artwork.

His name is 'Tattoo Tim'.

Creating controversial art is not a new thing for Wim, whose work 'Cloaca' (also known as 'The Poo Machine') at Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) holds the title of "most hated" artwork.

Wim's latest exhibition (a dedicated solo show at the same museum) features Swiss fella Tim Steiner, who donated his back as a canvas for an intricate tattoo - designed, drawn and signed by the artist.

Somewhere between 2006 and now, Tim's back was sold to a German art collector named Rik Reinking for 150,000 euros. Reinking has the right to exhibit Tim up to four times a year and frame his back when he dies.

From December 10 Tim will be leading tours through Wim's MONA show every day (except Tuesdays) at 11am. Highlights are x-ray images of "copulating couples and rats", and more cloacae. It's all pretty disgusting, or beautiful... depending on who you ask.

Image: courtesy of the artist and MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia