A Man Let a Monkey Design His Back Tattoo

The results are surprisingly beautiful.

by Beckett Mufson
30 June 2015, 12:30pm

Maybe a million monkeys typing on a million typewriters would eventually write the entirety of Shakespeare, but if you only have one monkey, follow Jan Schekauski's lead and let it design you a tattoo. In the aptly-titled video, Dancing Monkey with Pants, Schekauski balances a paint-covered rheseus named Dasha on his back, framed by a huge slab of the Berlin Wall at the city's Europa Center, until she has painted a cohesive abstract design. Tattoo artist Minerva's Linda then inks him with the colorful spatter and a quote from Article 1 of the Constitution of the European Union: “Human dignity is inviolable.”

The argument seems to be that this hallowed adage also applies to the art made by a monkey. "In everyday life this leaves room for interpretation even more than an abstract painting in a museum," Schekauski writes on his blog. "Art that no one can see can not exist just as knowledge does not exist if it is not made use of."

See more of Jan Schekauski's work on his website.


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