Ever since the final of the first Earthline Tattoo Training Residency last summer my thoughts, and actions have been looking forward to this years tattoo training. Jordan Bennett, Amy Malbeuf and I the founding members of the Earthline Tattoo Collective are honoured to announce that applications for this years residency are open, and ongoing until March 31st, 2017.
In the summer of 2016 I was honoured to be the lead facilitator and instructor for the Earthline Tattoo Training Residency, a project which taught four Indigenous artists all of the health related knowledge associated with tattooing and the methods of hand poke and skin stitch.
This year we have invited three participants and are inviting applications to fill the remaining three spaces in the program. The residency this year will be running from July 3rd to 28th, 2017. The participants are expected to be at the program the whole time with weekends off.
After reading this short article and video put out by Newshub I am reminded of how important the work of revival by the Maori of Aotearoa (New Zealand) has been in my own life and work in the revival of Nlaka’pamux tattooing. The work of revival of Moko by the Maori was key as I begin to envision a time when our people embodied our culture in the same way the Maori have and do.
Earthline Tattoo travels to Aotearoa to visit with old friends and to make new ones in an International Indigenous Collaborative Exchange project funded by the Canada Council of the Arts and their Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange: International grant.
The Canada Council states on its website that, “The Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange (APCE) program provides support for Aboriginal
Earthline Tattoo: Aotearoa
Last November I travelled to New Zealand to attend the Maori Pacific and Global Indigenous Tattoo Festival (Indigenous Ink), it was an amazing trip that helped to open my eyes to an amazing community of Indigenous tattoo artists and cultural tattoo practitioners. I was the only Indigenous
A few months back I was contacted by Jason Brennan of Nish Media about my participation in the television program they are working on producing which will be airing on APTN in 2018. I love the title of this program, “Skindigenous.”
Week Two of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency
The second week of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency was spent learning about the relationship between Indigenous tattoo revival and land. At the most basic level our identity in North America is steeped in legislation that is designed to erase our identity and with it our rights to the very land that the nation states of Canada and the United States are inhabiting. The second is that our knowledge systems, language and visual language all come from and are informed by the land, so as I have journeyed I have always found it essential to spend time out on my territory to ground me in my place. Finally our tattoos are connected too the visual vocabulary painted and etched into the rocks of our vast territories. This is the reason I felt it necessary to take the artists involved in the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency out onto my territory.
We took a 3 day backpacking trip hiking over 30 kilometers into the SteinValley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park.
Week One of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency Part 2
After a very intense and emotional first day we got down to business with an equally intense second day. During the day we looked over and did training into the most important part of the tattooing process, for me it is even more essential to the effectiveness of the revival of Indigenous tattooing and it includes knowledge and training around blood borne pathogens, cross contamination and the health aspects of tattooing.
The students worked through blood borne pathogens training and gained certification and did an intensive workshop related to the distinctive concerns associated with being a cultural tattoo practitioner and the work of ensuring everyone involved in the tattooing process is protected from any potential harm associated with the application of a tattoo.
The Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency will be having a gallery exhibition held at the FINA Gallery on the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus, in Kelowna British Columbia, Canada. With a opening reception on July 12th at 6pm.
The Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency is supported by the Indigenous Summer Intensive a program coordinated by the Creative Studies Department (in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies), the Canada Council of the Arts through Indigenous Arts support of the Summer Intensive and the Equity and Enhancement Fund.
Week One of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency Part 1
The first two weeks of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency have been absolutely mind blowing as I have been able to hear the stories of the artists in attendance Dean Hunt, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Amy Malbeuf and Jordan Bennett. These two blog posts will contain a run down of the activities and some of the lessons learned and shared over the first week and another to follow outlining the second week.
The Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency is happening as part of and running concurrently with the The Summer Indigenous Art Intensive Program which is coordinated by the Creative Studies Department at the the University of British Columbia Okanagan. It is an amazing program and this year is hosting “a core group of senior artists: Rebecca Belmore, Lori Blondeau, David Garneau, and Adrian Stimson. It will also include upward of 20 visiting studio artists in residence.”