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Published by:
Travis Chantar
Standard / 8.25" x 10.75"
60 pages Perfect-bound
art, body paint, chantar, photography, portraiture, Tribe

Tribe is inspired by our primal, visceral search for cultural connection.

As a mixed-race queer individual, I navigate cultures out of necessity. Where I don't fit, I strive to creatively connect through universal emotion. Art is the most important tool I have to relate to my environment and expand my community.

Universal communication originates in vast, subconscious intelligence, and painting grants me access to that mental space. Each design is influenced by my subjects themselves—our conversations, surrounding environment, their auras. This ritual lasts between one and five hours, resulting in a collaborative transformation I could never have arrived at alone.

Bodily decoration is powerful and shapes identity. Aesthetic rituals resonate back to the earliest suggestion of humanity. As dividing societal lines dissolve, golden opportunities arise for us to design a new, shared culture. Through art, we celebrate and humanize each other.

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