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The Denver Art Museum is hosting “Becoming van Gogh,” but it's not the art museums that have caught the public eye. Apaul Berkey, a tattoo artist in Denver, has started to bring the familiar works of the erstwhile artist into an unlikely medium: body art.
To understand why the Denver Art Museum's "Becoming van Gogh" truly succeeds, you have to travel to the other end of the aesthetic spectrum, 10 miles north into the suburbs, where 25-year-old Rachel Danis is getting the sexiest tattoo this side of the Seine. An inky, indigo sleeve of the artist's famous painting "Starry Night" stretches from her left wrist toward her shoulder.
It is art and she is suffering for it — 18 hours of needles so far from talented tattoo master Paul Berkey at Mile-High studio in Thornton. They're about half-done.
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