Spark goes in search of artists who have put aside their brushes, instead opting for the stitch-by-stitch, tat-by-tat universe of needlework.
First, the art of the tattoo, which was once on the fringes of Western culture and is now a mainstream phenomenon -- meet one of the world's best-known tattoo artists, Don Ed Hardy.
In our second story, explore the method, meaning and madness behind Anna Von Mertens's quilts, which are covered with as many as 100,000 hand-sewn stitches.
And finally, take on issues of gender and identity with Anna Maltz's works of hand-knit whimsy, anatomically correct nude body suits.
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Explore the method and meaning behind Anna Von Mertens's quilts that are covered with as many as 100,000 hand-sewn stitches.
Join one of the world's best-known tattoo artists Don Ed Hardy as he reflects on his journey from art studio to tattoo parlor and back again.
Tag along on a photo shoot with Anna Maltz and her works of hand-knit whimsy.
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