Tattooing Heath Ledger & Marc Jacobs

Scott Campbell’s needles have seen more celebrities’ flesh than those of a Beverly Hills Botox specialist. The man behind Saved Tattoo is responsible for body art adorning everyone from model Lily Cole and Marc Jacobs to the late Heath Ledger. In a recent interview with Starworks, Campbell muses on his work for the aforementioned boldfacers, as well as his book, currently in the works.

Shot in part by photog and provocateur Terry Richardson, the tome in question will highlight Campbell’s finest works (which include “tattoos and drawings for tattoos … paintings and sculptures”). While Campbell’s tattoos are inarguable pieces of art, the artist himself harps on the fact that his interest lies in what’s behind the image or text. “I’ve carved little stories into the skin of thousands of people. Whether it’s with needles or brushes, it’s always about storytelling.” So, which stories have been the most moving for Campbell to tell? “I’ve been humbled by the honor of tattooing memorial tattoos on Heath Ledger’s mother, father, and sister at his house the night before his memorial services.” And, “I covered up a tattoo that a Russian soldier received against his will in an underground prison cell 30 years ago, after being captured by Afghani soldiers.” At the same time, certain ink jobs haven’t been as well-received Campbell would have hoped: “I had a cracked out tweeker storm into the shop and try to slit my throat because he thought I had put subliminal penises in his tattoo.”

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