The Tattoos We Don't See

Vancouver-based photographer Spencer Kovats’ photo series Uncovered consists of a number of photo pairs. The first image in each pair is an ordinary shot of a casually clothed person. The second image is of the same person, only less clothed and covered with tattoos, which were hidden under their garments in the first shots. The series is intended as an exploration of the ages-old manner in which humans make assessments (and, thus, assumptions) about others, solely based on their appearance. 

Kovats' shoot is part of a larger project with 10 other photographers called “The Tattoo Project,” which began in 2010. Hundreds of tattooed people were invited to be photographed for various studies of body art. Via Beautiful Decay.


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