Sarka Encasement is a Flickr account made by a woman who has a fetish for wearing tights. She covers her entire body and face in multiple layers of nylon in varying colours and then poses in them at home. Sometimes she wears a wig, high heels and a dress over the top her new nylon skin too. When I first found Sarka Encasement I emailed her with a desperate need to interview her. Like most internet fetishists who share their ultra private images online through Flickr her idenitiy is completely anonymous. I wasn’t necessarily interested in finding anything personal out about her, but it was more about a need to understand how and why she’s made these fascinatingly original photos of herself trapped under layers and layers of women tights.
Sarka replied almost instantly and explained how her english speaking is almost non existent, but she’d be happy for me to write about her, she also suggested I like her on Facebook and watch her videos on Youtube. This is when I found out that Sarka has a huge following and religiously updates her social media outlets daily.
A fetish for tights isn’t necessarily that original, it of course falls under the category of underwear, there is something enticing about seeing a woman in nothing but them because they indicate to the notion of undressing. Tights are never worn as a singular garment but something to accessories with. There is also the aspect of tights fitting to every curve of the body, exaggerating the shape of the female form, they refer to nakedness without sharing any actual flesh. Then there is also the tactile nature of tights, the friction that they cause with skin and how thin the [...]
If anything can be said with certainty about the closing of 2014, it’s that social media’s impact and practice has evolved to colossal levels in comparison to the previous year. Instagram’s use over the last twelve months has sky rocketed making our ever-evolving perceptions of our digital realities and the constructions of our own identities and others merge into some kind of endless and unknown narcissistic mythology.
The normalisation of the action and creation of a selfie has also drastically changed the way we look at ourselves in terms of how we present to the world conceptions of our beauty, popularity, sexuality, gender and class. The democratization of social media has also meant that we can hide behind it, essences of the truth behind how we actually are in person become blurred and stand beside one another in their physical form and digital form becoming paradoxes of one another.
A new idea of dedication and authenticity now consumes us, if most of our initial opinions of other individuals come from viewing them through a plastic screen rather than in the physical, how can we make ourselves stand out? The attention we all spend on creating our digital projections of self often make us question how real we are being? How authentic is the presentation of our image on social networks? Social media means that we can collect a fan base for doing nothing other than being constructed versions of ourselves.
But now the possibilities of how we create ourselves is so broad, and these ideas move so quickly, how can we really cement a translation of our dedication to others in both virtual and lived reality? Anyone can put on a piece of clothing, but at the end of the day you have [...]
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Horiren has made a name for herself working in shops and conventions from Bangkok to London. This multifaceted artist not only has a hand in tattooing, but as a muralist and public speaker. In order to be part of her world, you must be formally introduced. It was by sheer luck that I had the opportunity to meet and collect a piece by such a prolific tattoo artist. While exhibiting her piece for the Body Electric show, held at the Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York City, she did a three day guest spot at East River Tattoo before heading back to Japan. It was my first time getting tattooed in the Shamisen-bori style and I could not be more excited. Our conversations were limited, but with the help of her translators we were able to communicate a few aspects about her work and thoughts on tattooing.
How do you perceive the tradition of tattooing?
Japanese tattoo culture is changing now. We are starting to see designs based on anime and original illustrations by contemporary artists. We are starting to see tattooers who have little knowledge in traditional Japanese designs, picking up images off the internet and tattooing without knowing the meaning of the tattoos. We are losing much of our irezumi traditions, and when I say traditions, I mean not only the designs, but the methods of tattooing, ways to handle and take care of the tools, relationship between a master and his/her apprentices, etc. But since nothing stays the same, the change is inevitable.
You mention that your work is transitory. Why have you taken this approach to tattooing?
I view tattoos as alive beings, and tattoos and our lives both can only shine while they are [...]
Yesterday, while in the library I came across this rather incredible book. Not only are the photographs amazing but the descriptions with each image are out of this world! Although the book reads as being utterly sensational it still holds some important historical references to tattooing and rare images.
(Sorry for the bad quality photos)