The boat – his eternal muse
The boat, in all its forms and designs, was one of the most important motif in Western tattoo art. Turns out, it is also Jacob's favorite motif and one of his most famous artworks. Ten years ago, during a trip to Spain, he saw a souvenir in the form of a boat. When he returned home, it turned into an organic and vibrant piece of art, a banana boat that plays with the idea of what art is.
– I sat in my studio and was going to eat lunch, including this banana. It was one of those days when you don’t know what to do. On an impulse, I decided to remove the sails from the souvenir and put it on the banana instead. I brought it to the school and felt like it was more of a joke than anything else. But my professor thought it was piece of art, says Jacob.
They decided that the banana boat lived up to the characteristics of an artwork and the sculpture began to show up in exhibitions. A curator from a major art fair in London was told about the boat and wanted to display it.
– After that show, it got attention from the art industry, but the banana started to turn brown and decompose. The pre-emptive process was an important part, it reflected life and death at the same time, says Jacob.What was initially a humorous outlet became a featured piece of art that ended up in places where it was not initially expected.
– Sometimes it's just about starting to create and stop thinking, says Jacob.