In ather image, a sleek gentleman who might otherwise be debonair becomes fearsome and fierce with the addition of a pattern of contoured lines, like Aztec facial tattoos, over his entire face. This is the work of Mexican artist Dr. Lakra, who super imposes mystical, ancient or funerary symbolism-gang tattoos, bones and skulls, Aztec warrior heads, spider webs, serpents and demons-onto vintage advertisements, girlie pinups, Japanese prints, baby dolls, cast skulls and the like, attaining an effect that resembles a Dia de los Muertos altar slyly erected in place of a kitchen table in the home-furnishings section of a Mexico City department store. In one way or ather, the n civilized human, the n refined, the primitive, is always been repressed, in a way that's almost criminalA .
Dr. Lakra, who also works as a tattoo artist, has said. I think that through these themes you can define the essence of culture. This lavishly illustrated volume contains 120 colour images of Lakra's work, plus a contribution from renowned Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco. Born Jeronimo Lopez Ramirez, Dr. Lakra (1972) is an artist and tattooist based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Lakra has shown his work internationally, including Tate Modern in London, The Drawing Centre and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York and The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston