Pentax 35mm Camera Tattoo

Pentax 35mm Camera Tattoo

While digging through hundreds of RSS feeds that jam pack my reader each week, I ran across an impressive camera tattoo on the arm of Lotte van den Acker of an Asahi Pentax 35mm SLR. Normally I would see a camera tattoo and think big whoop but this was one different and I thought it should be shared. I reached out to Lotte and asked a few questions about the camera tattoo and found out a little more about the meaning.

What brought on this idea? Any influences or just something you wanted to tattoo onto your body? 

Before I got this tattoo I have had others but I wasn't allowed from my mom to put any ink on my underarm because of my career future. For a while it had been sure that photography is my great passion and future, and as a photographer a tattoo on my underarm wouldn't be a limitation. I started thinking about a tattoo that would represent my passion. A camera is not a very elegant object and I thought 'just a camera' would be kind of boring, so I thought of something to make it more original. While brainstorming about it, I came up with the optical illusion idea.

Is that camera model have any particular meaning to you?

A friend of my mom's owned this camera and after I was born she took beautiful photos of me as a baby with my mom with this camera. Later, my mom bought that same camera from her friend and by the time I was 10 I started using it as well. So it has multiple meanings to me.

Will you be adding any other photo related tattoos anytime soon?

Not sure. I have lots of ideas for new tattoos that don't have anything to do with photography. But I am finishing my arm (sleeve) and maybe to fill it up I'll put a film roll.

Whats the first thing people say when they see the camera tattoo?

Most people react really enthusiastic about this tattoo, especially other photographers. But I don't walk with my arm in front of my face the entire day to show it off.

Lotte van den Acker is a photography student from The Netherlands at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam studying digital photography. Photography by: Dylan Ray Fenix and Niké Dolman

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Andreas Suojanen's picture

Love the K1000! Have a Special Edition myself. 

You got her name wrong in all instances, it's 'Lotte van den Acker', with an extra n in the part between her first and last name.

Aaron Lindberg's picture

Thanks for pointing that out, all have been updated. 

Tom Dowler's picture

"photo's" "tattoo's"??

Seriously? You're still journalists, even online.

Stefan Parol's picture

Common, allthough regrettable mistake! I like this one on signs in all varietys and occasions as well: "special" offer/"best"price/"warm" food/only "today"/ etc..  Always good to see!

Christine May's picture

What a great original idea!  Brilliant and very fun!

Seann Patrick Cram's picture

Good camera, I use it to teach kids Black and White film. 

Please tell me she gets a corresponding speedlight in mid-flash on her other arm!  Would be even radder (is that a word?) to hold that arm above the camera using the same concept. 


Scarlet Billows's picture

(If I am allowed to express an opinion) Not a nice tattoo at all. Indistinct and dirty-looking. But whatever floats her boat, I guess. Not very impressed by her work either to be honest.