Meet Balazs Bercsenyi. A most talented tattoo artist from Hungary known for his mind-bending, intricate tattoos, that you quite possibly have stumbled upon, on Instagram, more than once. Now, he makes headlines, with his latest project, called A Life of a Rose, which he explains as a “Motion Tattooing” project. It is quite captivating.
The concept is easily understandable. Bercsenyi links together tattoos on individuals, to create essentially a stop-motion story. One that connects many different bodies.
“The difference between motion tattoos and regular tattoos is the lasting outcome of being part of something bigger than the individual,” Bercsenyi said in an interview about his new project. “You walk out with a deeper connection to the ink.”
A Life of a Rose follows the life of a (you guessed it) rose, documenting its entire cycle, from the moment it sprouts, until the moment it withers and dies.
On why he used a rose, the talented tattoo artist from Hungary explained: “I wanted the story to evolve around a rose because it is such a beautiful symbol and metaphor of love. It represents the cycle of life — from when the rose sprouts, to how it’s used as a tool to uplift and inject expression for a human being. The rose is a perfect example of how we should live our lives, to bloom and give our gift away.”
So, what do you need, in order to make, a stop-motion tattoo story? Well, 70 willing people to take part in it. Bercsenyi found 600! 70 were randomly selected and were assigned a specific tattoo, representing still, in the “motion tattooing” project.
The result, is quite captivating, and makes you want to see more. The commitment of the people involved. The connection between them all, the artist, the project itself. It seems that this is not the last time we hear of “motion tattooing”.
And how would the artist, sum up, the whole experience, including the feedback he got? Happiness.
“Every participant loved which part of the story they were,” he concluded. “The project culminated with a gathering where the majority of the group was able to meet each other. In that moment, I realized we had created something very special. We created a sense of oneness, and that is the energy we need to spread.”