Activist group Liberate Tate stage live tattoo protest at Tate Gallery in London in response to their sponsorship from oil company BP.
Liberate Tate is an art collective that perform live unsanctioned performances in the Tate Art Gallery that speak out against the sponsorship of the arts from corporate oil giants BP (British Petroleum). Their latest protest is in the form of tattoo sessions in public within the gallery itself. Being advocates of art themselves the Tate Gallery cannot stop the group from performing these peaceful protests as the events themselves are works of art.
30 protesters set up tattoo stations in the 1840's room one of the display rooms in the gallery. The tattoos themselves were small but powerful in their message.
The tattooed number represents the concentration of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere during the year of your birth. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas emitted by using fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil and the biggest cause of global climate change. In the early 20th century, it reached 300 ppm for the first time in 800,000 years, beginning the destabilization of our climate and society through rising planetary temperatures.
Alice Bell, a spokesperson for Liberate Tate said: “This makes a statement about the stain that oil has across society, on Tate, on the negotiations and across our culture, society and economics more broadly. The black mark on our skin reflects the taint of BP on Tate.”
The reason the collective chose tattooing as a form of expression is because "Climate change is permanent; so are tattoos"
Check out the video below of the protesters discussing their tattoos and reasons for being involved in the Liberate Tate movement.
Morgan Curtis a youth delegate who attended the UN Climate Summit in Paris was so impressed by the Liberate Tate protest she got her own number tattooed on her wrist.
She chose to have it tattooed on her right hand because she wants to be reminded of it every time she shakes a hand at UN meetings and other summits so she can tell that person the true story behind the numbers.