Both of Elliott Young’s parents were tattoo artists, sparking a fascination with image making from the start. As a visual and performance artist, Elliott’s work is layered in a sense—it piques your curiosity and invites you in, only to surprise with a subversive twist, causing you to engage with something you might not ordinarily seek out. The truth appears bluntly upon investigation.
“I love makeup—not in the sense of making someone attractive—but using it as a tool, as a way to be empowered, or a way to reinterpret your own identity or your warrior stance.”
On New York
“New York is like a swimming pool. Everyone jumps right in shamelessly but with a vast appreciation for everyone else’s different strokes.”
“I’ve always been obsessed with the idea of interpretation, from the different ways we see light and color to the connotation of words.”
“I’d always choose Venice, anyone who basks in the light of Venice is beautiful. There’s a reason all the masters painted there—the light is second to none.”
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