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Paul Timman gives dishware a tattoo makeover

May 28, 2009 |  1:55 pm

Tattoo plates  

Paul Timman has spent the last 15 years as a tattoo artist on the Sunset Strip catering to Hollywood's A-List. Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck and Drew Barrymore -- to name a few -- all bear his artful, inky scratchings.

Recently, the former Cleveland Institute of Art graduate turned his talents to a new, and slightly unlikely medium -- china -- designing tattoo-inspired tableware for InkDish. The company's motto: "You are what you eat off."  The four-piece place setting, dubbed Irezumi ("ink" in Japanese) runs about $82, and includes a dinner plate, cereal bowl, salad/dessert plate and mug featuring traditional dragon, koi and cherry blossom motifs.

"I knew that if I did my job well, I could bridge the gap between mainstream society and help to introduce tattooing into every day life -- without the process of getting tattooed," says Timman.

Editors at Metropolitan Home magazine liked his new china so much they included it in Metropolitan Home Design 100, the shelter magazine's top picks for the 100 best objects, projects, people, places and things. China has never looked so hip. www.inkdish.com.

-- Barbara Thornburg

Photo courtesy of InkJet