Rona Green is a print-maker based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work explores urban sub-cultures through comic book-like depictions of hybridised figures. These figures, part-human part-animal, inhabit a space where body ornamentation is key. In Green’s work tattoos signal real life histories or project inner fantasies. These markings identify the subject within a particular subgroup whilst excluding others from that domain.
Greasy Rhys illustrates the hyper-masculinised world of sailors. The piece is typical of Green’s work, depicting a hybrid-figure adorned with a tattoo which clearly depicts the subject’s station in life. An interesting post by Green describes the thought process which resulted in this work.
This sound composition imagines the moment when Greasy Rhys gets his “Last Port” tattoo. At a noisy industrial dockyard he smokes one final cigarette before stepping into a tattoo parlour where he will be forever marked by the iconography of his subculture.