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Tattoo artiste in hiding? Or just another publicity stunt…

By Howaboutthat 3 September 2012 31

Perusing the internet today, I read with interest that Canberra tattooist and artist Ex de Medici has been drawing moths. “Ex de Medici…is an Artist Fellow who drew extinct moths from the Australian National Insect Collection (at the CSIRO)”. Moths? Sweet little soft colourful moths?? What has happened to this tattoo artist who dwells on the ghoulish and the ghastly?

In the accompanying interview , Ex implies that she needed to be in protected premises, as if offered at the CSIRO offices, to keep in hiding from some outlaws. Bikies I presume. This sounds like yet another publicity stunt to keep her profile raised in the community.

Let me reflect. Ex started out as an artist by adopting the surname of the most famous Italian dynasty, the de Medicis. What stunning hubris! Madonna was at least part Italian before adopting her new name. (Alas you would want a name change if you are called Robin..). Ex called her tattoo parlour in North Lyneham ‘Deus ex Machina’. Ermm…that name comes from a motorbike company in Sydney. And in all her interviews that I’ve heard over the years, she never makes any mention of her partner of many years who introduced her to the world of tattoos and colourful subcultures in Canberra and Melbourne. Why not?? It seems to me that it is extremely important to Ex that her artistic ideas are seen as utterly her own.

Yes Ex is a good artist but there are many good artists out there. How does she distinguish herself? By painting images designed to shock and offend and polarise community opinion, with her skull art, militia icons, and images of graphic violence. Her website uses guns and bullet imagery in drop down menus (it’s a bit lame though..). Now she has applied to the National Gallery to display the preserved skin of a man to whom she has given a full body tattoo, when he karks it (he is 69 and has agreed to this). Yuk!!!

Many people admire Ex. They think she is ultra-contemporary and uber-cool. But can’t people see through her self promotion tactics? She is following in the footsteps of nude photographer Jim Henson, trying to gain notoriety through painting abhorrent images (including on stretches of preserved human skin) that agitate and offend. Then she does a major switch and draws her moth series and insists on not showing her face any more to add spice to the story that her life is under threat. (Now following in the steps of Salman Rushdie. So clever!!) What I see is a narcissist of epic proportions…


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Howaboutthat 9:32 pm 07 Sep 12

Is that it HenryBG? Not very impressive posting…what a fart arse…..

Duffbowl 9:52 pm 04 Sep 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Henrybg, a mince pie is not a vagina, no matter how any times you warm it up and stick it in.

Dammit 🙁

PBO 9:46 pm 04 Sep 12

There are some interesting writing patterns and styles here, one could be inclined to believe that some of the posters may be the same people. Just saying….

54-11 9:45 pm 04 Sep 12

HenryBG said :

poetix said :

Monomyth said :

poetix said :

If this was about poetry, I might think that someone got a grant and someone else missed out.

Monomyth said :

… Maybe next time, you could write about something you actually are familiar with, instead of this vitriolic PMS-fest.

Is it really necessary to use this sort of misogynistic language to make your point?

As a female familiar with PMSy symptoms, yes, it was 🙂

I think it is a way of writing that feeds into the dismissal of women’s intellect and achievements. The fact you are female is irrelevant.

The whole evolutionary purpose of hormones is to make women dim. There’s no use being outraged at anybody about it.

I thought that was very funny. Is that what you intended, Henry?

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:35 pm 04 Sep 12

poetix said :

HenryBG said :

poetix said :

Monomyth said :

poetix said :

If this was about poetry, I might think that someone got a grant and someone else missed out.

Monomyth said :

… Maybe next time, you could write about something you actually are familiar with, instead of this vitriolic PMS-fest.

Is it really necessary to use this sort of misogynistic language to make your point?

As a female familiar with PMSy symptoms, yes, it was 🙂

I think it is a way of writing that feeds into the dismissal of women’s intellect and achievements. The fact you are female is irrelevant.

The whole evolutionary purpose of hormones is to make women dim. There’s no use being outraged at anybody about it.

So the mince pies have worn off then?

Henrybg, a mince pie is not a vagina, no matter how any times you warm it up and stick it in.

Howaboutthat 9:26 pm 04 Sep 12

HenryBG…….yet another insecure being, seeking attention through agitating others……..yawn……

poetix 4:54 pm 04 Sep 12

HenryBG said :

poetix said :

Monomyth said :

poetix said :

If this was about poetry, I might think that someone got a grant and someone else missed out.

Monomyth said :

… Maybe next time, you could write about something you actually are familiar with, instead of this vitriolic PMS-fest.

Is it really necessary to use this sort of misogynistic language to make your point?

As a female familiar with PMSy symptoms, yes, it was 🙂

I think it is a way of writing that feeds into the dismissal of women’s intellect and achievements. The fact you are female is irrelevant.

The whole evolutionary purpose of hormones is to make women dim. There’s no use being outraged at anybody about it.

So the mince pies have worn off then?

HenryBG 4:46 pm 04 Sep 12

poetix said :

Monomyth said :

poetix said :

If this was about poetry, I might think that someone got a grant and someone else missed out.

Monomyth said :

… Maybe next time, you could write about something you actually are familiar with, instead of this vitriolic PMS-fest.

Is it really necessary to use this sort of misogynistic language to make your point?

As a female familiar with PMSy symptoms, yes, it was 🙂

I think it is a way of writing that feeds into the dismissal of women’s intellect and achievements. The fact you are female is irrelevant.

The whole evolutionary purpose of hormones is to make women dim. There’s no use being outraged at anybody about it.

Monomyth 3:23 pm 04 Sep 12

poetix said :

Monomyth said :

poetix said :

If this was about poetry, I might think that someone got a grant and someone else missed out.

Monomyth said :

… Maybe next time, you could write about something you actually are familiar with, instead of this vitriolic PMS-fest.

Is it really necessary to use this sort of misogynistic language to make your point?

As a female familiar with PMSy symptoms, yes, it was 🙂

I think it is a way of writing that feeds into the dismissal of women’s intellect and achievements. The fact you are female is irrelevant.

I didn’t consider OPs gender and mention PMS in terms of the stereotypical ‘symptoms’ it produces – if OP was a guy I would still consder it PMS-sounding.

I think OP discredits his/her own intelligence from the article alone. You need to stress less 🙂

poetix 9:09 pm 03 Sep 12

Monomyth said :

poetix said :

If this was about poetry, I might think that someone got a grant and someone else missed out.

Monomyth said :

… Maybe next time, you could write about something you actually are familiar with, instead of this vitriolic PMS-fest.

Is it really necessary to use this sort of misogynistic language to make your point?

As a female familiar with PMSy symptoms, yes, it was 🙂

I think it is a way of writing that feeds into the dismissal of women’s intellect and achievements. The fact you are female is irrelevant.

jessieduck 8:30 pm 03 Sep 12

Howaboutthat said :

Sorry….didn’t mean it to sound like a rant or a hate fest. ..

Then how come you managed 5 paragraphs of WTF?

Masquara 8:15 pm 03 Sep 12

Howaboutthat said :

Sorry….didn’t mean it to sound like a rant or a hate fest. I just personally don’t like gore and detailed pictures of death in art. And people getting notoriety for it. I do find skull art offensive, after having seen too much of that imagery in real life. After seeing my parents dead. After seeing a close friend dead. To see a dead person is not great. It’s painful.

And geez if Ex has substance abuse issues like is referred to above, then I’m sorry. It kinda explains things a bit…

To tell the truth – having known Ex since the late 1980s – I actually think those “lifestyle” ravages on her face & body are as much the reason that de Medici refuses to be photographed, as fear of bikie gangs recognising her.

Monomyth 7:45 pm 03 Sep 12

poetix said :

If this was about poetry, I might think that someone got a grant and someone else missed out.

Monomyth said :

… Maybe next time, you could write about something you actually are familiar with, instead of this vitriolic PMS-fest.

Is it really necessary to use this sort of misogynistic language to make your point?

As a female familiar with PMSy symptoms, yes, it was 🙂

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:05 pm 03 Sep 12

Howaboutthat said :

Sorry….didn’t mean it to sound like a rant or a hate fest. I just personally don’t like gore and detailed pictures of death in art. And people getting notoriety for it. I do find skull art offensive, after having seen too much of that imagery in real life. After seeing my parents dead. After seeing a close friend dead. To see a dead person is not great. It’s painful.

And geez if Ex has substance abuse issues like is referred to above, then I’m sorry. It kinda explains things a bit…

So art shouldn’t be allowed because it offends you?

threepaws 6:34 pm 03 Sep 12

qbngeek said :

Johnny_Moe said :

DrKoresh said :

Pitchka said :

She is a great tattooist, who i heard was forced out of the tattoo trade by the local motorcycle organisation, who now, suprisingly, run one of their many tattoo parlours from her old location.

Yeah, I want to get a tattoo but it’s nigh impossible to find a parlour in this town that is linked to the bloody rebels. In fact, can anyone suggest a place I can look into that isn’t?

All Canberran tattoo joints are bikie owned. Melbourne is relatively bikie free and you don’t have to pay cash.

Anyone know if Tattoo X-treme in Quangers is bikie owned or influenced?

Also, dopes anyone know a good tattooist who won’t copy my work and pump it out for the masses after I get it done. I have had this happen on two original pieces that i have taken in to get done.

I have had two good experiences at Tattoo X-treme, one artist was definitely better (more experienced than the other) but both of my pieces were relatively simple so it’s hard to say. I have heard that the place in Tuggeranong is excellent, but don’t know enough to comment about bikie links. Also, I heard from someone in the know that while all tattoo parlours meet the hygiene standards, the place in Tuggeranong goes above and beyond and is ‘hospital sterile’.

One of the pieces I had done at Tattoo X-treme was an original, and without me having to ask, the tattooist collected all of the photocopies and traces he had made and gave them to me.

Howaboutthat 6:34 pm 03 Sep 12

Sorry….didn’t mean it to sound like a rant or a hate fest. I just personally don’t like gore and detailed pictures of death in art. And people getting notoriety for it. I do find skull art offensive, after having seen too much of that imagery in real life. After seeing my parents dead. After seeing a close friend dead. To see a dead person is not great. It’s painful.

And geez if Ex has substance abuse issues like is referred to above, then I’m sorry. It kinda explains things a bit…

DrKoresh 5:49 pm 03 Sep 12

poetix said :

Also, OP, you are confusing Jim Henson (Muppets) with, I think, Bill Henson. I don’t think Jim did many nude photos, unless there are some explicit ones of Miss Piggy and Kermit. (Whole new meaning to ‘It’s not easy being green.’)

Rule #34- though i don’t think it’s fair to blame Jim for that.

poetix 4:49 pm 03 Sep 12

Also, OP, you are confusing Jim Henson (Muppets) with, I think, Bill Henson. I don’t think Jim did many nude photos, unless there are some explicit ones of Miss Piggy and Kermit. (Whole new meaning to ‘It’s not easy being green.’)

YeahBuddy 4:33 pm 03 Sep 12

DrKoresh said :

Pitchka said :

She is a great tattooist, who i heard was forced out of the tattoo trade by the local motorcycle organisation, who now, suprisingly, run one of their many tattoo parlours from her old location.

Yeah, I want to get a tattoo but it’s nigh impossible to find a parlour in this town that is linked to the bloody rebels. In fact, can anyone suggest a place I can look into that isn’t?

I don’t think the one in the city is owned by them …. but they are all “affiliated” if you can pick up what I’m putting down

poetix 4:21 pm 03 Sep 12

If this was about poetry, I might think that someone got a grant and someone else missed out.

Monomyth said :

… Maybe next time, you could write about something you actually are familiar with, instead of this vitriolic PMS-fest.

Is it really necessary to use this sort of misogynistic language to make your point?

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