Kip Fulbeck – East Meets West

October 1, 2008

Courtney McKinnon, Tattoo Savage October 2008 “With tattoos, you run the gamut, from people who have them for highly personal, sometimes sacred reasons, to those who just did them for the hell of it,” Kip Fulbeck points out. “I have a lot of respect for both methods.” In fact, the UC Santa Barbara professor/director of […]

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Visualizing What It Means To Be Mixed

September 1, 2008

Kristen Williamson, September 1, 2008 As is sometimes the case, a life of self-questioning has helped Kip Fulbeck find creative ways to begin to define himself and to facilitate answers for many others through his work. It’s hard to say exactly where a person’s going to find inspiration for their work. For artist Kip […]

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115 Tattoos, 40 Million Stories

August 13, 2008

Barbara Davenport, San Diego Citybeat August 13, 2008 “Choosing to get tattooed transforms you … sometimes innocuously, sometimes with profound significance.” Kip Fulbeck should know. His new book, Permanence, shows photographs of 115 people with tattoos, each photo paired with the person’s handwritten statement. A grandmother, a Hells Angel, a marine biologist (“only real marine […]

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Written in Ink

April 24, 2008

Brett Leigh Dicks, The Independent April 24, 2008 At first glance, UCSB art professor Kip Fulbeck’s latest book, Permanence: Tattoo Portraits, might give the illusion of being simply an art monograph with an ink-on-skin theme. But while tattoos are what these subjects have in common, Permanence is most importantly a study of the personalities that […]

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Exhibition explores blended identities in a globalized world

April 2, 2008

Michael Hodges, The Detroit News April 2, 2008   Immigration and its jarring impact on identity take center stage at the Oakland University Art Gallery through April 13 with the provocative and handsome show, “Revolutionizing Cultural Identity: Photography and the Changing Face of Immigration.” Say “immigration,” of course, and many Americans instantly think of the […]

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Kip Fulbeck brings Permanence with Tattoos

April 1, 2008

Shannon Lin, April 2008 More than 40 million people in the U.S. alone have tattoos, all with unique stories about why they chose to indelibly mark their bodies. Now Permanence is the first book of its kind to combine photographic tattoo portraits with the stories behind them. Written by Kip Fulbeck, Permanence features interviews […]

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Global Hapa: A Conversation with Kip Fulbeck

March 25, 2008

Nina Melendez Ibarra, Kyoto Journal March 25, 2008 Kip Fulbeck, known for his eye-catching popularization of “Hapa” identity in the United States, has brought his mission to Asia with his groundbreaking “The Hapa Project” — a collection of photographs accompanied by personal, handwritten statements about identity of over 1,200 American Hapas. Fulbeck turned his project […]

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An Artist’s Thoughts – Part Asian, 100% Hapa

March 18, 2008

Kip Fulbeck, March 18, 2008 How did you come up with the idea for The Hapa Project? The idea actually came to me as a kid, sometime in elementary school. I just thought it would have been cool to know there were other people around going through what I was going through, other people […]

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‘Permanence’ explores tattoo culture, history

March 7, 2008

Scott Iwasaki, Deseret Morning News March 7, 2008 A lot of rock musicians—good and bad, talented and worthless—have tattoos. When I was growing up, tattoos were considered slightly dangerous and only a few people had them. Throughout the years, some of my friends, my stepsister and other family members have decided to get “inked.” Their […]

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Book Review: Permanence

March 1, 2008

Jen Cray, Ink19 Magazine March 2008 In an age where 18-year-old kids have already acquired full sleeves and tattoo shops are as common as Starbucks, Kip Fulbeck is attempting to re-examine what it is about the art of ink on skin that attracts such a vast array of people. The book’s concept is a simple […]

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