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.
In September of 2016 I received a brief email from Jason Brennan the president of NISH media, a Canadian production company from Gatineau Quebec that is firmly rooted in Indigenous culture. (http://www.nishmedia.tv/index_en.php)This email inquired about my possible interest in participating in what has become the television series Skindigenous, which premiered earlier this year on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. I of course expressed my enthusiasm about the project and many conversations turned into a TV crew visiting me in Salmon Arm British Columbia.
Teaser trailer for my episode
During the episode that I am featured in I invite the viewer into my life and journey as a professional tattoo artist and cultural tattoo practitioner and visual artist. First you are welcomed into the tattoo shop that I work at Vertigo Tattoos and Body Piercing in Salmon Arm BC. While at the shop I share with the viewer a Coast Salish salmon design which I do on my brother in law Wes Wilson. Later that day I tattoo my cousin Jaime in one of the traditional methods of my ancestors the Nlaka’pamux, skin stitching.
The rest of the episode travels with me as I share two of my favourite locations in my hometown and in my traditional territory. One of them is a pictograph site which I visit with one of our elders and language teachers Mandy Jimmie. I also share one of the first Museum collections I visited as I started my research into the Visual and Material Culture of my ancestors. Both my museum research and my research out on the land looking at and recording our pictographs and petroglyphs have served as reference points for my work. One of the most rewarding parts that was recorded for this TV program was a community tattooing action I initiated at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology a Aboriginal Post Secondary institution in Merritt BC. At this tattooing action I was honoured to tattoo Nlaka’pamux community members.
Some behind the scenes photos from the APTN website
If you have not had a chance to check out this amazing program check it out.
You can stream all 13 episodes on APTN @ http://aptn.ca/skindigenous/
Here are a few newspaper and radio interviews I did for this program.
First is from the Salmon Arm Observer: https://www.saobserver.net/entertainment/highlighting-indigenous-tattoo-artistry/
Second is a piece written by the Vancouver Sun:
Stay turned as I take you through the remaining Twelve episodes.