The art here is Daddy Tattoo, one of Zoe Strauss's most strong, haunting and indelible images. I am seeing more of her art coming through the shop in these months post I-95 and before the start of her PMA show.
The client wanted to honor the image, yet have the framing relate to the image. We decided it should be framed gallery-esque. We went with a wide, white mat & black frame. I knew a great effect for the mat: double white with the top mat raised. A window into a world.
This was achieved by cutting an opening in a piece of acid-free foam that is just a bit wider than the opening of the top mat. Here it is upside-down on my worktable.
The client and I looked at several frame options, and ultimately went outside the scope of my sample wall. She had heard that tattoo frames existed somewhere on Earth. I saw them in a trade magazine, so together we looked them up online. A company in California makes a comprehensive line of tattoo-inspired frames. We chose a black-on-black tribal design. It was as simple as a phone call to get it for her and I had the frame completed within my usual turnaround parameters.
Below are two pages from the online catalog.