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The Tank Girl Facebook page curated by Alan Martin is a great place to see some top-quality comic art. Martin regularly posts new work by his many all-star collaborators from over the years — Jamie Hewlett, Mick McMahon and Jim Mahfood included. Tank Girl is a character that’s always inspired a special level of devotion among her fans: Back when there was next to no cosplay culture in the U.K., Deadline magazine regularly featured photo spreads of that certain type of punky proto-Suicide Girl dressed as their heroine. I’ve gotten into the habit of looking through the page’s “Recent posts by others” sidebar to see any fanart that has been sent to catch Al’s eye. A while ago, I spotted the work of Scott Cole, a professional photographer who’s taken the notion of Tank Girl cosplay and fanart to a whole other level with a set of shots replicating classic Hewlett images and poses. Cole put a few minutes aside to discuss the motivations and inspirations behind these pictures which perfectly capture the character’s bad attitude.
ROBOT 6: Love these images. How do you describe your work, ’cause I’m not sure I’ve entirely the right frame of reference, myself?
Scott Cole: Thanks. My work has been described as sexy, edgy, gritty and creative. At the moment I’ve been focusing on tattooed models, mainly because it allows me to shoot more non-conventional shots, or to recreate classic sets (for example my black swan ballet set) from a different viewpoint. My worst nightmare would be to be commissioned to shoot wedding or baby shots. It’s just not my thing!