Tattoo inspiration

A DigitalNZ Story by Courtney Johnston

The Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam recently released 125,000 collection images in luscious high resolution for free re-use. As part of the launch they invited Droog Design to rework collection items - Droog took a 17th century still life and made a tattoo from it, which you can see here http://bit.ly/SwQdz1. This made me think: what would I remix into body art? Here's my inspiration.

Untitled. From the series: Night trails

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Looking South

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Untitled (Anthyrium, 1982)

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Lilies

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Arabesque

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Eight O. Cooks motif brooch

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Atoll

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Geodesy

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Initial Letters for Autumn Midnight

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Five Vignettes

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Lily, from the series: Four Hedges

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Iris Stylosa and Christmas Roses

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Mistletoe

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Laotian bather

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Young woman before a mirror

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Hymn to Proserpine:Venus

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

plate

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Cake Plate

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Sandwich plate, 'Caprice' pattern.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

The Tube staircase

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Tree

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Untitled (Illuminated initials "H" and "I")

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled (Illuminated initials "F" and "G")

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Churchward Heading Medium Sketch

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Churchward Heading Medium Sketch

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Churchward Heading Bold Sketch

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Bookplate: Peter Fleischl.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Bookplate - Lionel Lindsay

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

["S." Capital letter S, surrounded by mountain daisies, or celmisias]

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Ex. Libris Stella M. Davis

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Ex Libris Karl Andres

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Still life with fruit and shellfish

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Azure blue line 3

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Azure blue line 5

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Construction no. 4

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Construction study

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Construction study

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Red/Black/White

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Chakra

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Study For Waitara

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled (triptych)

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Hautana

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Untitled

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Arbutus berries

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Still Life: Orchids and Leaves

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Growth

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Houses in Dieppe

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Astruc

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Fantin

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki