Intoxicating Photos of Remarkable Women and Their Tattoos

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Body art is, when you get down to it, a form of storytelling — each piece of ink contributes to a narrative that can encompass a single tattoo, or an entire body. Photographer Reka Nyari explores and subverts traditional ideas of beauty and gender, recontextualizing the aesthetics of sexuality through a female gaze; her new exhibition “Ink Stories” continues that work via a series of sometimes pointed, sometimes erotic, and always fascinating images of tattooed women and the stories they tell with their bodies.

“Ink Stories” opens Thursday at New York’s Fremin Gallery, but here’s a sneak peek of this enchanting show.

REKA NYARI

(My Blade, My BelovedValkyrie Ink50” x 63”Reka Nyari)

REKA NYARI

(Chooser of the SlainValkyrie Ink50” x 63”Reka Nyari)

REKA NYARI

(TyrfingValkyrie Ink50” x 63”Reka Nyari)

REKA NYARI

(The Cure for LifeReaper Ink50” x 63”Reka Nyari)

REKA NYARI

(UntitledValkyrie Ink50” x 63”Reka Nyari)

REKA NYARI

(I am FreyjaValkyrie Ink50” x 63”Reka Nyari)

REKA NYARI

(UntitledReaper Ink50” x 63”Reka Nyari)

Reka Nyari

(Whispers of ImoutoGeisha Ink50” x 63”Reka Nyari)

Reka Nyari

(Blue SmokeGeisha Ink30” x 40”Reka Nyari)

(UntitledGeisha Ink30” x 40”Reka Nyari)

“Ink Stories” opens Thursday at the Fremin Gallery, located at 520 West 23rd Street in New York City. It runs through April 6.