Win Artwork by Jordan Bennett, Dean Hunt, Jerry Evans, Meagan Musseau, and Dion Kaszas.

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.

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Earthline Tattoo Training Residency 2017 Artists Announced

I am so excited to announce the 2017 Earthline Tattoo Training Residency dates, participants, guest mentors and assistant instructors/facilitators.

This Years Participants
This Years Participants

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.

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Earthline Tattoo Collective Announces the 2017 Earthline Tattoo Training Residency

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.

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Earthline Tattoo Training Residency 2017 Applications Open

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.

Earthline Tattoo Training Residency

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.

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Earthline Tattoo Collective: Aotearoa Part 2

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.

Portrait Painting by Gottfried Lindauer of Maori using Uhi
Portrait Painting by Gottfried Lindauer of Maori using Uhi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canada Council states on its website that, “The Aboriginal Peoples Collaborative Exchange (APCE) program provides support for Aboriginal

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Earthline Tattoo Collective Travels to New Zealand

Earthline Tattoo: Aotearoa

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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

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Earth Line Tattoo Training Residency Gallery Exhibition July 12-15, 2016

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.

Earth Line Tattoo Training Set up training
Earth Line Tattoo Training Set up training

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.

UBC Equity Fund Sponsor
UBC Equity Fund Sponsor

Indigenous Ink Tattoo and Arts Festival 2015 Part 2

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.

Indigenous Ink 2015
Terry Klavenes Indigenous Ink 2015

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.

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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.

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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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Haida Ink Tattoo Revival on CTV Vancouver

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.

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/more/first-story/haida-ink-1.1746080