Man Sells His Skin To An Art Dealer

Tim Steiner, a 40-year-old former tattoo parlor manager, lent his back to artist Wim Delvoye. The ensuing work, tattooed over two years, has been sold to a German collector—who will have Steiner skinned after his death. The work, titled “TIM,” sold for 150,000 euros. This isn’t a new concept, and draws origins from Japan. And while nobody is questing the artistry of Delvoye or tattoo artists at large, there’s certainly something macabre about discussing framing the flesh of an individual who still has many years left in life.