Tamara Santibañez (b. 1987) is a multimedia artist living and working in Brooklyn. Her work is rooted in subcultural semiotics, drawing from the worlds of fetish, punk, Chicano art, and tattooing. She probes the weight objects hold as symbols and the ways in which style-based cultural signifiers function as shorthand for a coded communication, and asks the viewer to confront their own assumptions about gendered participants.
Santibañez is the founding editor of New York-based publisher Discipline Press, an independent venture dedicated to reconnecting popular imagery of counterculture with the narratives and history of those who create and enact it. Recent releases include two volumes of “UGLY DIRTY NASTY NOISY”, a collection of work by New York based artists in the DIY punk scene, and “The Body Interviews”, conducting interviews with thirteen artists across genres whose work deals with the human body. She is a regular contributor to Sang Bleu Magazine and has collaborated with numerous brands, artists and publications such as Material Lust, Laurie Simmons, Printed Matter, The Ace Hotel, All Day Everyday, Born X Raised, and OBEY. As a tattoo artist working at the legendary Saved Tattoo, Santibañez is widely known for her innovative combination of Chicano imagery with fetish iconography.
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