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Tattoo Project Artists Set Sights On The World

The Lexington Tattoo Project is receiving national attention as one of 2014’s 50 most outstanding public art projects in the country.

By the end of the Lexington Tattoo Project, 250 people from around the city found themselves connected in a novel way – each having a portion of a Lexington tribute poem emblazoned on their skin.

"Ultimately it's about love of community," says Transylvania English professor Kremena Todorova, one of the brains behind the project.

The work is now been honored by the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network. Her frequent collaborator, Transy art professor Kurt Gohde, says they’re shepherding similar projects in Detroit and a handful of other cities. And now, a sponsor has stepped forward to launch the project globally.

"He just asked if we could imagine what a love letter to the world would look like since the Lexington Tattoo Project is a love letter to Lexington. He basically asked if we could stretch our minds that far and we immediately said yes, even though we had no idea what that would look like. But we liked the challenge," he explains. 

Gohde says the global version will his the web in September.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.