There is a thematic tradition linking women and octopi. In Japanese prints you see pearl divers being serviced by these oceanic beasts, tentacles wrapping themselves everywhere. Here are three different women all of whom wear an octopus.

Right, a blackwork style octopus, wrapping from right arm all the way across the back and down the left leg.

Below left, a thigh piece, a seascape rendered in a bold modern color scheme.

Below right, a torso piece composed of two realistically rendered octopi swirling in waves from armpit to knee. This woman is wearing a full leotard that has been strategically cut-out and invisible nylon threads are 'sewn' across the openings to mantain the shape of the garment.

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all images in this presentation are © 1994 Rachel Schwarz.
all images shown in this section were taken at the 1994 NTA
convention held in South San Francisco, CA, USA
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