Academic work @ RISD – Tabu Tattoo Studio

Aphrodite's tattoo

Aphrodite’s tattoo

Three graces tattooed

Three graces tattooed

For the ‘Five Sense Brand’ 1st studio project we were asked to consider “brand as brand” and design a tattoo studio. Research showed that the 18-24 female was both an active – and growing – market segment. Often, the tattoos were strategically placed so that the owner / host could control the degree to which she exposed or concealed her tattoo.

Site model

Site model

My design approach focussed on the process of tattoo selection for the visitor, and a continued embrace of the notions of conceal | reveal. The selection process included an artwork preview projection onto the form of Aphrodite – the perfect female form – that was publicly displayed in the storefront, while a simultaneous private preview of the tattoo onto a 3D bodyscan image of the client was available on concealed monitors.

Storefront Exterior Elevation: West

Storefront Exterior Elevation: West

Storefront Exterior Elevation: South

Storefront Exterior Elevation: South

Plan of Studio

Plan of Studio

Overall, the studio design created space and flow for: reception; artwork selection; 3D bodyscanning; preview projections onto the form of Aphrodite; personal preview on computer stations; and the tattoo studios. The material sensibility for this project was sharp|soft and included woven metal work, meshes and curtains in soft and flowing, draped, forms.

Section; Looking North

Section; Looking North

Reception

Reception

Section; Looking East

Section; Looking East

Interior Sectional Renderings

Interior Sectional Renderings

Artwork Selection

Artwork Selection

Vizualization Stations

Vizualization Stations

Section; Looking East

Section; Looking East

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