Converting tattoo photographs into the composite image

Unlike paper, bodies are not flat.

Gretchen

Because it is on her wrist and almost always visible, Gretchen’s tattoo gets a lot of compliments.

In order to create a tattoo version of the poem that matches Bianca’s original layout, we are digitally flattening each of the photographed tattoos. We are also transforming them to realign all of the blue circles. Once this work is done for each of the tattoos–and once the composite image is made–the blue circles will reveal the secret image. 

flattening tattoos

Click on this image to see an animated gif showing how 5 images of Gretchen’s tattoo were combined and transformed to align precisely with the initial layout of the poem.

 

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