Embodied Surfaces: Live Botanical Tattoo Performance with Daniel the Gardener

Join us on Saturday 17 August for Embodied Surfaces, a unique cross-disciplinary event exploring the connection between body art and nature. Celebrated botanical tattoo artist, Daniel the Gardener will create a custom tattoo inspired by the Garden’s medicinal plants. One audience member will receive this tattoo, symbolising their bond with nature. Apply below.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London’s oldest botanical garden, has a rich history rooted in the healing properties of plants. With over 4,000 plant species, it remains a vital green space for biodiversity and human connection to nature.

Embodied Surfaces investigates how individuals honour their connection to nature through botanical tattoos. By permanently adorning their bodies with plant imagery, participants weave themselves back into nature, showcasing their unique bond through these living artworks.

Daniel the Gardener’s tattoo practice aligns with the Garden’s mission to emphasise the importance of plants in our lives. His freehand botanical tattooing, renowned for its artistry and customisation, transforms personal morphology into botanical masterpieces.

On 17 August, Daniel will perform a live tattooing session, drawing directly onto the skin of a chosen guest. This piece will celebrate their love for the Garden and exemplify the bond between plants and humans. Daniel’s previous work includes a notable live tattoo performance at the William Morris Gallery during London Craft Week.

The event will also include guided walks, workshops, food, herb inspired cocktails and music, offering visitors an immersive experience in London’s ancient garden of healing.

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Please note: Applicants must be aged 18 or over. Open call submissions close on 28 July and must be submitted through the webform link on the Garden’s website page. There is one tattoo to giveaway and the subject will be chosen following a consultation with the artist and completion of eligibility form. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Instagram.