Week One of the Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency Part 1

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.

Hand Poke Demonstration
Hand Poke Demonstration

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.”

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Indigenous Ink Tattoo and Arts Festival 2015: Part 1

I have been working on this post about Indigenous Ink 2015 for awhile and have decided since it is so long that I will post it in sections, enjoy part one.

Indigenous Ink Logo


In November of 2015 I travelled to the Maori, Pacific and Global Indigenous Tattoo Festival (Indigenous Ink) in Aotearoa held at the Manukau Station, Auckland New Zealand. This event took place on November 20th to the 22nd and featured over 30 Indigenous tattoo artists and cultural practitioners from across the globe. As stated in the document Press Kit put out by Maori, Pacific and Global Indigenous Tattoo Festival:

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Lar Krutak’s TED Talk, “The Cultural Heritage of Tattooing.”

Check out Lars Krutak’s TED Talk, he does an amazing job outlining the importance of Indigenous tattoo knowledge and the need to document your nations tattooing practices. I am honoured to have been mentioned during this presentation and am thankful for the work that he has done and continues to do.


Indigenous Ink Documentary

Indigenous tattooing documentary.

I have finally finished editing my short documentary Indigenous Ink, I created this in one of my classes, in it I talk with friends and family about their tattoos, sometimes while we are in the process of tattooing. I plan on doing a few more of these type of projects in the future.  Enjoy

Lars Krutak’s new book “Tattoo Traditions of Native North America”.

Tattoo Traditions of Native North America

been awhile since I posted anything here, I have been meaning to post something about ym friend Lars Krutak’s new book. It is an amazing resource for anyone interested in Indigenous tattooing, and especially for any Indigenous people looking for information on their ancestral tattooing practices. I got my copy earlier this summer and took some pics of me with the book for Lars facebook page.

Here is a picture of me proudly holding my signed copy from Lars.

The following is an excerpt from the book showing the section that I am featured in.

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Teaser Trailer for my mini Documentary Indigenous Ink

Documentary Indigenous Ink

I am just starting to update this blog with some of the work I have been doing since I started my masters degree at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. This is a teaser trailer for a mini doc I produced as part of the class “Digital Filmmaking for activists and scholars”. It was the first time I did any sort of video editing, recording of interviews etc. I am cleaning up the final project and will be posting it within the next few weeks.


Indigenous Ink

Another Interview with Lars Krutak the Tattoo Anthropologist

Lars Krutak Interview

After a summer of research and beginning to revive my ancestors tattooing tradition, I had another opportunity to meet with Lark Krutak. It was an amazing experience to not only sit and share about my summer of research and my efforts at this tattoo revival but also to chat with Lars about his many experiences.

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Interview with Lars krutak (Discovery Channels Tattoo Hunter)

I have just finished a few short interviews with Lars Krutak the Tattoo Anthropologist, and looked over the chapter in his new book that will contain portions of our interview., it is supposed to be released in September of this year.

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Mohawk and Mahican Tattooing (Iroquois)

While searching the Canada Archives website I found these amazing paintings by John Verelst, the first painting is entitled. Sagayenkwaraton (baptized Brant). Named Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow, King of the Maquas (Mohawk)  It depicts a Mohawk King with an amazing example of the rich history of Tattooing in North America among its Indigenous peoples. Verelst has painted tattoos on the arms, chest and face of Sagayenkwaraton

Indian Face, Chest, and Arm Tattoos

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The Last Tattoos of St Lawrence Island, Lars krutak

This is another article about the tradition of  skin stitch tattooing among the Indigenous peoples of St Lawrence Island.


At the end of this article he talks about the dying tradition, check out my next post and see it being revived.