In this year-long project with HarborArts, I created a large series of tattoo designs stained into the cement surface of the main pier at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina.
The object is to draw people on a walk out the pier facing the panorama of the harbor and the Boston skyline, along a series of 19 large tattoo designs stained into the cement surface underfoot, that point out different places and peoples we have been connected to by sea during Boston’s history.
Started in September of 2013 as a live painting event at the HarborArts Festival, we completed the project in the fall of 2014 as a thousand-foot long series of connected designs that begins in the Shipyard parking lot, and is a part of the Boston Harborwalk.
Shown below, the original New England Sailors piece, as seen in June 2014.
Some of the 19 different designs making up the “sleeve” walking path on the pier: