Karrie Arthurs’ beautiful draftsmanship shows a certainty of hand that has tattooed many bodies. What is interesting about her work is the depth of meaning she draws from the richly decorative iconography of tattoo culture. Her free-hand ink drawings tell new fables through anthropomorphism of deities. Ships are pulled down by giant octopi and flaming trains are framed by the haunting message: “There is a train that’s headed straight to heavens gate.” Religious icons such as saints and crosses intermingle in vignettes of plants and animals. The works are drawn on antique papers, certificates and envelopes, bringing a unique look to the one-of-a-kind illustrations. Each work is deeply steeped in mystery and meaning, each has a different story to tell.