Tattooed Gloves by Ellen Greene

Ellen Greene is a very talented American artist from Chicago.

Her recent work has focused on vintage women’s gloves painted with reworked traditional western tattoo motifs and the visual tension between these two symbols.

She said:

“The gloves are symbols of a historical set of “ladylike” behavior that included modesty, purity and submissive attitudes.The tattoos in contrast speak a language of masculine behaviors.Traditional western tattoo narrative developed through sailor, and later, biker culture. These heroic and deviant imagery narratives leave out any authentic feminine expression.”

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