Frances Cannon is an artist who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Her artwork centers around women and their bodies and portrays women in a body-positive light. Her designs are becoming increasingly popular as tattoos, with her "Self Love Club" tattoo catching on and exploding over Instagram. I asked Frances to tell me a little bit about the club and what motivates her art.
Frances' Instagram profile is filled with wonderful examples of her drawings in tattoo form. One such design is Frances' "Self Love Club", a personal tattoo she had done which quickly caught on like wildfire.
Frances herself admits that she had no idea the tattoo would catch on: "I did not predict it would get this big!" She tells me. "It started as a tattoo that I got on my own arm and I shared it on Instagram and invited people to become 'part of the club' if they wanted to and it went from there!"
Now, women around the world are getting the "Self Love Club" tattoo to show support and solidarity with Frances and women in general.
The Club Rules, as stated by Cannon via her Instagram, are as follows: "You must always show yourself respect, love, forgiveness and understanding. You must show each other respect, love, forgiveness and understanding. You must be kind to your body, and you must take care of your mental health." I can definitely get behind this club!
"Remember to be forgiving of yourself and others; sometimes you mess up and that's part of the journey too."
Frances' art centres around women and their bodies, and actively fights against harmful and stereotypical images of women. On her website, Frances says that her work is based on "ideas of body-love and body-loathing, anxiety, relationships, sex and sexuality, gender, and bodily functions."
Frances' advice to encourage body positivity and self love?
"I always say that the first step of being loving and accepting of other people is to first love and accept yourself. And also remember to be forgiving of yourself and others; sometimes you mess up and that's part of the journey too."
If you're interested in getting one of Cannon's beautiful drawings tattooed, you can buy a "tattoo ticket" from her website here.