I’ve been working on a large project for the past five years. I’m going to tell you a bit about it, because if I don’t get it out of my system soon, it will drive me mad.
I’ve been working with a group of artists who are creating an art form called Lippan Art. If you are reading this as part of your research into the subject, you can skip the next section.
If you’re just skimming, or you don’t know what Lippan is, I’ll tell you a bit about it first. Then I’ll get to the interesting stuff.
What is Lippan? It is an art form created by Jurgen Teller and a group of people who call themselves “Lippans.” It has something to do with photography and graffiti, although what exactly the connection is remains unclear to me. The first thing a Lippan needs is access to spray paint and other aerosol paints. For reasons I have never been able to fathom, this seems to be very important in their work. The second thing he needs is access to a photograph, or some other image that can be copied onto film or paper or whatever. He then copies this image using spray paint onto walls (usually
The Lippan Art is an ancient art that was developed in Lippan many centuries ago. The Lippan symbol of the sun, moon and stars are said to represent the trinity of the Goddess. This symbol is also often referred to as a triquetra or triple knot. Lippan artists use this symbol as the core of their work.
Tattooing is a very important part of Lippan culture. It is mostly done by women and it’s done on every inch of their bodies, not just on their faces, but also on their arms, hands, legs and feet. But they don’t usually do it themselves; they usually hire professional tattoo artists who come to them from all over the world. Their tattoo designs have names like “the spiral”, “the tribal”, “the jaguar” and “the flames”. They are supposed to bring luck, strength and happiness to the person who wears them.
The designs are very detailed; for example it can take more than 20 hours for a tattoo artist to finish one leg because they have so much detail. The tattoos can be made various ways: some are painted by hand with black ink, some are drawn on with a pencil and then painted in, others are done using a
Section 1: Basic facts
Section 2: History
Section 3: Techniques
Section 4: The Lippan Artist’s Bag of Tricks
Section 5: The Lippan Artist’s Business Plan and Marketing Strategy
Section 6: The Lippan Studio and Working Conditions
Section 7: Cultural Considerations
Lippan Art, which has been evolving for twenty thousand years, is one of the oldest and most highly developed arts in Anza-Mishna space. Like all works of visual art, Lippan Art is a medium through which an artist creates a message by manipulating elements of form and color.
Lippan Art is also unusual in that it uses as its medium the body itself. The elements of form are the bones and muscles that make up the body; the elements of color are the skin and hair colors that result from their pigment molecules interacting with various wavelengths of visible light. Lippan artists deliberately manipulate these elements to produce a message through form and color.
The message has traditionally been understood as a combination of three different messages: Aesthetic (appreciation of the physical world); Genetic (appreciation of ancestors); and Social/Cultural (appreciation of society). As our history has progressed, these messages have tended to blend into each other, so that today it is common for an artist to create a single work with multiple messages at once.
An example is Yllmah’s “Spiritual Journey” series, which combines aspects of all three strands. Her first piece, “Ascension”, showed her journey from girlhood to
Art is the most popular of all human endeavors. As a proximate cause, we can cite the need to attract mates; as an ultimate cause, perhaps the apparent immortality of creative geniuses like Mozart and Michelangelo. The pursuit of art is so important that it has its own branch of economics, aesthetics or æsthetics (from the Greek aisthētikos, “pertaining to perception by the senses”).
Step 1: Distinguish art from craft. Art is an intellectual discipline in which one seeks to create something that is beautiful or otherwise aesthetically pleasing. Craft is manual skill. Some artists are also craftsmen. Some craftsmen are also artists. But craft requires no mental effort beyond what is needed to master technique; any idiot can learn to play tiddlywinks. Art requires understanding and insight.*
Art is often used in support of political and social objectives; it follows that art can be a form of propaganda, especially when associated with “high culture”. The artist may consciously intend this result; or the social meaning of his work may be unconscious, but definite nonetheless. The mere fact that a work has been given the imprimatur of an art gallery or museum means nothing: many galleries have been used as fronts for