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Queenstown photographer Jackie Gay, of Still Vision Photography, officially launches Ink of Aotearoa, at Subculture, on Friday, October 15.
Several of her subjects will play acoustically during the public viewing.
Festivities will continue at the afterparty at Revolver, with performances by King Kapisi, the Nomad and guests.
Miss Gay, a photographer of four years, said the idea of capturing musicians and their intricate tattoos developed from her previous exhibition of people and their body art, called Images of Ink.
"I started on the concept 18 months ago and started by calling Queenstown musicians who were connected with the industry.
"They were instantly supportive and the first photo shoot was in the first week of January, in Nelson, with AJ [of Evolving Rhythms]."
Other acts featured with their instruments and tattoos in the Ink of Aotearoa calendar are Tha Feelstyle, Jahfire, Hollie Smith, King Kapisi, MC Antsman, of Rhombus, Stauny Pops, the Nomad, Joe Cowie, of Black Planet, TAOS, Cornerstone Roots, P-Digsss, of Peacekeepers, Shapeshifter and Sunshine Sound System.
The Nomad, a Christchurch-based DJ and producer, suggested an accompanying CD when he met Miss Gay during a Queenstown gig.
Miss Gay said each artist chose which track they contributed and the CD "flows amazingly".
"It's probably best described as easy listening New Zealand dub roots music.
"It gives out an extremely positive vibe."
A first run of 500 calendars has been printed and more will be made to order.
The calendars complete with CD cost $34.99.
Up to 84% of proceeds go back to the artists and the remainder to Miss Gay, as photographer and producer.
• Pre-release copies are available via the Ink of Aotearoa website and would be available from Paper Plus and Collective Hair salon after the launch on October 15.