This is a story about a man and his butt. And a second man, whose Facebook profile photo has found a permanent home on the first man's butt.
What's more, the first man has never met the second man, which means the first man's butt now hosts a portrait of a total stranger. (And no, I don't know who's on third.)
The derriere art arose from Selfless Portraits, a project that has strangers the world over drawing each other's Facebook profile pictures -- generally on more old-fashioned canvases.
However, as Ivan Cash's short film below explains (NSFW if you'd best keep tattooed-butt shots off your screen), Joey Jordan felt a particular pull toward the project as a statement on human interconnectedness.
"Not only did I want to be a part of this movement that's happening, but I wanted to be an important part," the 24-year-old says.
So, well, he offered up an important part of himself.
Jordan was assigned a Brazilian man named Amarildo, whose Facebook profile photo shows to be a muscular-looking fellow in sunglasses with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth.
Jordan went down to San Francisco's Idle Hand Tattoo, where artist Aaron Hodges proceeded to ink Amarildo's visage on Jordan's hind quarters.
"Getting a tattoo of Amarildo will certainly create a bond to some extent" Jordan says. "He's gonna go through life knowing that his face, his profile picture, is tattooed on someone."
Jordan concedes that Amarildo will likely be "really shocked" to find out where his face landed, since he probably expected his portrait, like most of those in Selfless Portraits, to arrive by way of paper or TIFF rather than tush. Jordan hopes he might even meet his butt-tattoo inspiration in person one day.
"Human connection is the most important thing," he says. "We're social beings, and feeling connected, not only to your friends and your community but to people on the other side of the world, is something that's so important."
OK, we can get behind that. We're just grateful for Jordan the project isn't called Selfless Timelines.
(Via Laughing Squid)