This is a update to my post from November of 2016 about the exciting TV Series Skindigenous which features many of my friends and colleagues from across the globe. I will be sharing a short review of each episode and also share with you the lessons and inspirations I received after watching each episode. I will be sharing with you my own episode which is the fourth episode of thirteen.
The Earthline Tattoo Collective is excited to announce our new fundraising initiative that will go to supporting the 2017 Earthline Tattoo Training Residency, it involves a chance for you to win artwork by Jordan Bennett, Dean Hunt, Jerry Evans, Meagan Musseau, and Dion Kaszas.
I am so excited to announce the 2017 Earthline Tattoo Training Residency dates, participants, guest mentors and assistant instructors/facilitators.
This year’s residency will be held from July 3rd to July 28th at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, once again we are so happy to have the support of the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s Indigenous Summer Intensive and their support from Aboriginal Arts at the Canada Council of the Arts. We have had an amazing amount of support from many folks through out Gofundme campaign.
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.