“I see skin, or in some cases the monitor, as an extension of the canvas.”

Kim Joon is an artist from Korea who crafts exquisite composite photographs of the human form that are often heavily tattooed or patterned. Kim’s exploration of tattoo culture has its roots in his time in the military, where he tattooed his peers and, he references the practice in order to grapple with issues of taboo, image obsession, spirituality, and the aestheticization of the body. Kim Joon sees tattooing as a manifestation of the conflicting forces of all identity formation, which is a process of both determination and agency.