Famed Louisiana-born tattoo artist Scott Campbell created a series of realistic ink wash paintings on paper depicting novel and improvised tools. Campbell built these DIY contraptions as part of a project to administer tattoos to inmates inside Mexico City prisons and document prison tattoo culture.
The series of watercolors capture the essence of the unique machines. The use of black ink with a definitively applied brush technique is unforgiving and requires focus as strokes can’t be changed or erased once painted.
Campbell unveiled the realistic paintings at a recent solo exhibition at OHWOW in Los Angeles titled “Things Get Better.”Click through to see the impressive series of makeshift ink guns: