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French tattooer Bouits wants to make you uncomfortable. She feels an obligation to provoke people with art, to challenge easy streams of thought and standard ideals of beauty.
Divine feminine themes catch her eye, especially when they revel in our animal nature. Lactation, urination, dirt, hair, lust and rage are all parts of the animal experience.
Bouits loves all genders, masculine and feminine and the spectrum in between. But patriarchal cultures put value on virginity and chastity in women, more so than men. This socially prescribed shame leads to behavioral restrictions and censorship. Bouits calls bullshit on all of it. She tells Konbini:
"We are animals, and it's weird to try to hide it or be shocked by that. I love art showing bodies with no shame.
If people are uncomfortable, you are making them question why they feel uncomfortable. It’s more interesting, and it’s a better way to evolve society."
Bouits is one of many artists reminding us that tattooing can be an act of peaceful protest. Together, artist and client can push back on any person or institution that would define beauty for them.
"Beauty, right know, can look a billion ways. Our concept of beauty today is not the same as 10 years ago or 50 years, or 200, or 2000.
[Tattoo] art is more free, and we can make what we want. It exists to make connections with ourselves, other people, or spiritual and religious icons."
And with tattoo art, there is no marketplace, there is no resale value. The only one who can appraise it is the owner themselves.