The New York photographer Anne Burlock Lawver had captured these images to depict the trials and tribulations faced by the customers while getting inked. Anne had undertaken the project of capturing the images of people getting inked at Gunmetal Tattoos in Washington heights in 2013.
"The beauty I saw and tried to convey through my work was both the physical beauty and emotional beauty of the individuals during their private experience.", Lawver told the website, Slate. She found the experience thrilling and scary at the same time. Here is the collection of those images which are termed as 'Indelible' by Lawver.
Image clicked at the Gunmetal Tattoo parlor of Washington Heights which has since closed.
People voluntarily agree for pain to get the pleasure of artwork done on their body.
Anne's project of Gunmetal Tattoos was quite different from any other projects undertaken by her.
After completing the symbolic artwork, the tattoo artist is wrapping the ink in plastic wrap.
The photographer undertook this project as she was fascinated by the process of getting tattoo as she herself had none.
She got the permission to capture the images of the customers getting inked at the parlor.
This man wanted to have the tattoo of certain words and symbols at his chest.
Belly button is one of the most painful places to have ink.
Lawyer said that she experimented with light when taking the photos because of the parlor's dimness.
Almost all the people snapped at the parlor were seen getting inked on their arms.
This man seems to be expressionless while he was getting inked on his left arm.
Both the artist and customer share the same type of tattoo on their right arm.
At the end of the artwork, customers at the parlor realized that the tattoos are worth the pain because the pleasure of the artwork remains for the lifetime.