le sphinx tattoos 25 limited edition J+B whiskey bottles
le sphinx tattoos 25 limited edition J+B whiskey bottles le sphinx tattoos 25 limited edition J+B whiskey bottles
feb 10, 2014

le sphinx tattoos 25 limited edition J+B whiskey bottles

le sphinx tattooes 25 limited edition J&B whiskey bottles
all images courtesy of button button





sébastien mathieu, owner of le sphinx a private tattoo room in paris has literally tattooed onto 25 bottles for whiskey brand, J&B. presented in a rough black wooden box, the individually designed bottles each took around 20 hours to be completed. the containers were fully covered with a latex material, just like the one used when tattooing – slim enough to respect the outline’s shape and strong enough to be hit multiple times by the sharp needles. a human skin color was also applied to help strengthen the overall perception of the design.



‘J&B tattoo by sphinx’
video courtesy of button button



J&B rare scotch blend whiskey began in london in the second part of the xixth century by the famous wine and spirits merchant justerini & brooks. around the same time in history, tattooing started to spread through london, a trend that evolved from royal navy sailors, who would come back from distant travels with ink art embellished on their skin. finally this form of body art reached the british upper class when prince bertie, later edward vii was first tattooed in 1862, before it then spread all over great britain and throughout europe.


as a celebration of this origin, art direction was overseen by french studio button button and the finished products are on display at publicis drugstore and at l’éclaireur rue herold in paris, france.


the outside of the J&B whiskey bottles were tattooed onto by le sphinx in paris


view showing work in progress on the front of a bottle


detail of tattooing with a needle onto the bottle’s exterior latex skin


work in progress at the tattoo studio


the collection of 25 uniquely designed bottles


the customized box open at l’eclaireur store


the bottles installed at l’eclaireur store


detail view of the silkscreen wooden boxes



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  • Great craftmanship, I love the concept.

    adolf witzeling says:

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