— The following collage details some recent home made tattoos I’ve given people and some of the things received in exchange, including food, books, a haircut, transport, films and artwork.

I’ve been loosely considering the term ‘post-economy tattooing’ to describe these exchanges. No money is involved, and there is no sense of set value that carries over from one exchange to another. This approach helps to take the seriousness out of what is usually considered serious.

Thomas Jeppe was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1984. He is author of the book HOME MADE TATTOOS RULE (Serps Press 2006). Forthcoming shows include, Art Gallery of Western Australia; Curro Y Poncho in Guadalajara, Mexico; and Galerie Conradi in Hamburg, Germany. He lives and works in Melbourne Australia.