Using the Skin as a Canvas


Most people doodle weird, fantastical drawings into the margins of their notebooks during math class boredom. Tokyo-based artist, Pinpin Co., however, uses skin as her choice of canvas. These incredible photographs are the products of hours of drawing onto the faces of her subjects, moving along the contours of their faces and bodies to create something surreal. Pinpin Co.’s tool is humble. She uses just a simple pen to shape and sculpt their faces into masks. The products then are temporary, ephemeral–washed or smudged off with water or a finger. And in that sense, they are beautiful.

Pinpin Co.’s dedication to ink on skin has extended beyond photographs. She’s done performance art, drawing on dancers with her pen as they performed, changing them from dancers into fluid drawings.

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