Tattoos are often a collaboration between client and artist. They both decide what the body art will look like and where it will be placed. Less often, imagery is the work of a husband and wife team. But such is the case of Italian tattoo artist Marco Manzo and his wife Francesca Boni. Their intricate, large-scale lace tattoo designs are initially rendered by Boni.
Manzo is proving that tattoos have an increasingly larger role in the fine art world.
Last year, he curated an exhibit called Tattoo Forever at MACRO, Rome’s contemporary art museum.
It featured both his work as well as other contemporary tattooers who continue to push the field forward.
“One of the results I wanted,” he said, “has always been to have the tattoo accepted in such ‘raised eyebrow’ environments as something fine, fancy, elegant and sophisticated.”