My wonderful friend Caroline of Woodnote Photography is quite brilliant. Like many brilliant people, she has several projects bubbling on the stove at any given time. Included in the creative feast is her ongoing portrait series entitled THink!, in which she captures tattoos spotted on her travels, then interviews the owners about their body art and the stories behind it. Her latest subject is artist and community leader Lisa Congdon, and oh boy is this good stuff!
Lisa and Caroline chatted at Lisa's San Francisco studio. They talked ink, illustration, and inspiration, and of course about Lisa's Guardian Angel—her pup Wilfredo! I absolutely adore the words and images that came from this session, both of Lisa's tattoos and her work space. The chance to know more about Lisa through the art she has chosen to carry with her at all times is so rare and valuable.
I encourage you to read the post and see all the photos over at the Woodnote Photography blog, but I wanted to share Lisa's reflections on her tattoos here because they hit me hard: "I think part of being human is figuring out how to express yourself in ways that feel authentic. We all do it in different ways. And tattoos are one form of expression...for many of us they are deeply personal, extremely important daily reminders of who we are, where we come from, who we have loved, where we have been, and who we aspire to be." Do you have any tattoos? I'd love to know!
Images: Woodnote Photography.