Love Letter To the World

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We created this artwork "and yet" are tremendously pleased to see how it surprises us every day. Thank you, world, and thanks to Mick Jeffries for capturing this photograph of Lori Houlihan.


At times, the participants get their tattoos together with their best friend and add origami cranes to the design to commemorate significant life moments.

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At times, participants get consecutive phrases to commemorate long-term relationships. (photograph courtesy of Rob Thomas and Piper Roby-Thomas)

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Some request their tattoos in other languages--as did Neda Hm whose tattoo reads "still believing" in Farsi. (photograph courtesy of Neda Hm)

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Chuck Clenney's "I love you, world." in Japanese makes visible his love for all things Japanese. (photograph by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova)

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Some add color to their designs. Lots of color! (photograph courtesy of Megan J)

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At times, the color spreads to other parts of their body. (photograph courtesy of Celeste Lewis)

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We will create the final video artwork using photographs uploaded by the participants--like this one of Alison Whipple's "hail and thunderstorms." (photograph courtesy of Alison Whipple)

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At times, we are lucky to meet some of the participants, even people from as far away as Joydah Bernardo from New Zealand. (photograph courtesy of Joydah Bernardo)

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At times, we sit down with them over a cup of coffee and a muffin, and talk about where we come from. (photograph by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova)

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At other times, we travel with them to desserts--as we did with Jessica Walker, whose tattoo we photographed at Burning Man 2014. We will be photographing on the playa this year again!

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