The Lexington Tattoo Project is a collaboration between Lexington, KY-based artists Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde. What started as a Facebook request for Lexington residents to have the words of a love poem to their city inked on their bodies has become a local and national phenomenon.

click here to read the poem, which was written by Lexington-based poet Bianca Spriggs

This artwork unfolded in three phases. The first phase entailed the completion of all the tattoos in January 2013, thanks to the incredible work of Robert Alleyne and Jay Armstrong of Charmed Life Tattoo. The second phase involved photographing each of the healed tattoos. The final phase entailed the creation of a video artwork that showcases the finished tattoos and unveils a hidden image (an image made by the dots and circles that are part of each tattoo), as well as the publication of a book. The video premiered on November 15, 2013 during PRHBTN, Lexington’s annual street-art festival. The book was released on February 7, 2014 at an event hosted by the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.

**Click here to view the website for the Boulder Tattoo Project–a second pride-of-place tattoo project modeled on the success of the artwork in Lexington.**

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