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.
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:
This tattoo festival brought together some of the most outstanding indigenous tattoo artists from around the world. The festival reunited old ancestral ties between the pacific rim cultures as well as interior tribes. The festival was a rare and fantastic platform for indigenous tattoo revivals to be recognized and encouraged out of the history books they previously had been kept in. The unification of like spirited tattooers from around the world lifted our morale and raised the standard of what tattoo festivals should look like.
In my research the only person I have found who has revived the art of skin stitching is a Canadian born person of Scandinavian descent. Here are a few videos that show him working on a skin stitch tattoo and his inspiration for looking back into the history of tattooing to revive a few older forms. I would love the opportunity to get tattooed by him and maybe be taught something about skin stitch tattooing. It would be a dream to have him come to Canada and possibly tattoo me in my ancestors community.