The Black Tape Challenge
A be aware from the artist:
Sooner or later in 2008 I used to be a rookie photographer who was working with a mannequin that prompt I take advantage of electrical tape on her for the final look. I actually had no concept why she would need this however to make her joyful I tried to make use of this tape as wardrobe. Primarily I simply wrapped her in black electrical tape! Thoughts you she regarded like 2 Christmas hams wrapped in rubber bands once I was achieved! (I’d by no means present you these photos!) Nonetheless, it sparked an concept in my head to develop this concept. Within the following weeks I requested a couple of fashions that I had labored with up to now to let me apply on them. That was the second the designs began to evolve! Though primitive with lots of trial and error, I keep in mind pondering I used to be positively on to one thing. I started to note that the way in which the strains of tape would praise the determine was not like any wardrobe or style on the market.
By 2012 I used to be promoting my artistic providers to native evening golf equipment in Miami. Throughout this time I will need to have labored at about each evening membership within the space. That is when individuals actually started to take discover. The venues I’d be working at would publish pics of the fashions I taped for the evening which then resulted in different venues calling for charges. This was in the course of the Myspace period. The following factor I knew, I used to be flying everywhere to locations like Ibiza, Norway and Canada. A fews years later as soon as Instagram caught on, it gave me an unimaginable platform to showcase my work. That’s when issues actually started to thrive. I’d obtain 100s of DMs every day from international locations all around the world inquiring to guide me for music festivals and nightclub appearances.
Though this artwork mission began completely with black electrical tape I had begun to experiment with totally different methods and new types of adhesive tapes. I began working with reflective tape in 2014 however did not launch any of the photographs of this idea, feeling that individuals may nonetheless be extra receptive to the unique black tape.
Years later at a charity occasion in Haiti, I used to be in a position to work with former Miss Puerto Rico and use the gold tape in a tropical setting. I took a 15 sec cellphone video of her within the gold physique tape and instantly posted it to our Fb web page. Inside 3 days it had over 7 million views together with over 50k shares worldwide. My emails, DM’s and cellphone blew up with requests for TV & radio interviews, articles in nationwide information retailers in addition to magazines. I used to be so shocked and keep in mind asking myself, is that this all due to tape artwork? From that time ahead I’ve been working to enhance the designs of the tape, whereas having the ability to meet some unimaginable individuals alongside the way in which. Touring the world to exhibit this new creative medium is really a dream come true and I promise that the most effective is but to come back!