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.
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
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.
This was only the first time we visited Gordon at his shop the second time was with the gracious organizer extraordinaire of Indigenous Ink Terry Klavenes a Tongan tattoo artists who is working at bringing the motifs and designs from his Tongan heritage into his tattoo work.
During our second visit we happened to be there during the raising of Gordon’s new sign outside of his shop, which warranted an impromptu celebration that included some of New Zealand seafood. One of these “delicacies” is Kina, which are sea urchin eggs, I tried them once and that will be the only time I put these in my mouth. After trying a few of the things offered I thoroughly enjoyed my order of fish and chips.
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:
Haida Ink Tattoo Revival
I watched this short piece done by CTV awhile ago but haven’t passed it on to those who might be interested in the story that is told about the revival of Haida Tattooing and the work of Gregory Williams.
It is a great video highlighting some of the history associated with the putting to sleep of this great tattooing tradition, most notably in the case of the Haida as the film presents is the Potlatch laws. I loved seeing how Gregory is waking up this sleeping tradition.
The past few days have been filled with beginning to set out the pictograph sites I am going to visit and setting out the preliminary itinerary as well as finding maps and logistical resources. One of the major pictograph sites I will be visiting is the Nlaka’pamux Stein Valley Heritage park as it has a high concentration of amazing rock art, done by my ancestors. The second site will be a pictograph site located near Monk park on Nicola Lake. I am preparing a supply list and beginning to fill out the paperwork for these trips, as I need safety clearance from the University.
The other thing I have been working on is planning out my trip to the Langley Museum to look at the Pearson basket Collection to find inspiration for some contemporary Nlaka’pamux tattoo designs. I just finished short essay on Nlaka’pamux basketry for my Indigenous Art History class which I will post either later tonight or tomorrow.
After I have visited the Nicola Valley Museum and Archive in Merritt, BC I will be considering other archives to visit.
A few exciting events I will be attending that are not directly associated with my research is a Nlaka’pamux nation gathering and a language revitalization meeting.