Jacob Dahlstrup Jensen is the tattoo artist every 40-year-old lawyer with a smeary dolphin on her ankle wishes she met 20 years ago. He’ll give you ink, alright. But on a piece of paper.
For “On a Sailor’s Grave (no roses grow),” shown here, Denmark-based Jensen (who’s trained in fine art) wielded a tattoo machine like an embossing pen, scratching up heavy watercolor paper to create a 3-D print that falls somewhere between a Hells Angels tat and a lace doily. Uh, rock “n” roll?
It’s awfully pretty in an as-close-to-needles-as-we’ll-ever-come kind of way. But who’d actually buy it? Maybe this lady.