ARTICLE BY JOZEN CUMMINGS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAN MONICK
Given the fact that most people have an emotional connection to their tattoos one has to assume that music producer Swizz Beatz's decision to have Keith Haring's "Flying Man" embellished on his left AND right front shoulders indicates a genuine passion for art. It does. Swizz Beatz is an earnest art collector (of primarily Pop Art, i.e., Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Mr. Brainwash), devoted philanthropist, and serious art maker. His work is very derivative of the artists he collects but one hopes that as his art practice matures Swizz Beatz will find a visual voice as distinctive as the music he produces.