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Photographer Rick Arnold’s first non-commissioned piece is INK ISSUES, a 192-page book featuring portraits of around 30 tattooed women and their stories.

Arnold, a commercial photographer for over 20 years, recently discovered a passion for capturing people. INK ISSUES is the culmination of that passion.

All of the models featured have one thing in common: large old school-style tattoos. In order to further emphasize the vintage nature of the tattoos, Arnold used a fixed location, the Hotel Breitner in Rotterdam, for all his shoots.

Speaking of his latest project, Rick said: “I have seen lots of photo projects on this subject. The biggest challenge was to find my own angle. I think I succeeded. The photos strike a balance between powerful, vulnerable and seductive. The ladies are captured as themselves, in their own styles.

“The inked skin is not only pleasing to the eye, there are also some extraordinary stories behind the tattoos. They provide an insight into underlying motives and a glimpse of what for many is an unknown world.”

Flip through some of Arnold’s shots above and then order his book via the link below.

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