Monday, February 16, 2015

George Maciunas | Stick-on Tattoos

George Maciunas
Stick-on Tattoos (Fluxwear 301)
New York City, USA: Implosions, Inc., 1967
25.5 x 33.2 cm.
Edition size unknown

Colour offset on plastic adhesive paper, these faux jewellery tattoos were produced in both silver and gold editions.

The same image was later produced as a large color serigraphy on cloth (125 x 147 cm.) in 1984, a few years after Maciunas' death. Published by Francesco Conz and credited to Bob Watts, Maciunas' partner in the novelty company Implosions Inc., the signed and numbered work was produced in an edition of 50 and is sometimes referred to as Giant Poster of Fluxus 301.

The graphics appear to have been borrowed from this anonymous typogravure from 1877, just discovered using a Google Image search:

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