Art to some is a limitless, seamless and exaggerated version of self expression. But there exists a variety of art that is so understated that it slowly trickles to the point of sexy. That’s what we thought about the coalescing ideas of Anirban Roy Choudhury and Arka Patra – one, a tattoo artist and poet and the other, a fashion photographer and a visual artist. The result of their work is a little difficult to explain in words; not because, it’s so good it can’t be explained but every photograph that you see puts a train of never ending thought in your head. Right from realization to acceptance to faith, this project is difficult to explain because our words might cloud your feelings about it.
Anirban christened his body of work “Forever Poetry – Alternative Tattoos”. It leaves almost a bitter sweet feeling lingering behind, the way he looks at tattoos. They are not just images; if anything, his poetry sings through his tattoos just as well. For me, Anirban’s work represents individuality. I find these quotes very exact, but the beauty of all of it is that every individual can relate to them and draw inferences as according to their sensibilities. That’s the power of thoughts and ideas, the same set of words will mean something entirely different to you and me.
Arka, on the other hand is a visualiser and fashion photographer, based out of Kolkata. Anirban and Arka collaborated on a project to showcase Anirban’s thoughts by way of Arka’s visual representation and photography and some of them have the potential to give you goose bumps. There is nothing badass or fucked up about this one, but just arrows shot straight through your sensibility of life.
In Arka’s words, “This project is a long awaited collaboration with Anirban. It represents the predator-prey like relationship between a man and his ideas, manifested as birds. While the birds feed on his flesh and blood, they also give him the wings to explore his own ideas.”
In the hindsight, it somewhere represents the sadistic lovers’ fiasco between an artist and his muse. It explores how venerable an artist really is. Arka borrowed references and elements from Anirban’s work and weaved them into the visual language and mood of the photographs. It’s a pleasurable ride, this project – subtle, thought invoking and definitely the vision of a tattoo artist who believes that tattoos are way beyond permanent stamps.