This was the second tattoo design stained onto the pier at Boston Shipyard, at 10 feet wide. It’s a collection of Basque designs based on handicrafts and wood carvings. The Basques, one of the oldest cultures of Europe, were included in the cultures important to Boston’s heritage because they were the first Europeans to fish for cod off George’s Bank. They “discovered America”, taught us cod fishing and whaling, and made the first European maps of the North Atlantic (kept secret as fishing grounds).
This detail photo of the installation has been printed on archival watercolor paper and mounted on an 8″ wood block, embellished with pigments, and sealed with a thick epoxy topcoat bound in copper edging.