Ink the Diaspora X Welcome Home Tattoo Tattoo Flash and Panel Event : The Experience of a Black Tattooer #InktheDiaspora #WelcomeHomeTattoo #Brooklyn #NewYork #flashevent #tattooflash #blacktattooer #poc
As Tann, founder of Ink the Diaspora, and Welcome Home described it earlier last month, ““The Experience of a Black Tattooer” is a two day event with a flash day to encourage an audience of black and brown skinned people to get tattooed by Black tattooers, and a panel discussion to speak about the modern complexities and historical tokenization in the tattoo industry. The panelists are all Black tattooers currently working in the industry, and they will be discussing representation in tattooing, their experiences in a predominantly white industry and most importantly their creation of art and a career authentic to themselves and social history.” While the focus is on tattoo artists, and the clients who love their craft, the general public is welcome to join. In fact, spreading the word and being involved is one of the first steps to evolve the tattoo community. Everyone needs to do their part.
Tattoo Flash by Jay Baby for Ink the Diaspora X Welcome Home Tattoo Tattoo Flash and Panel Event : The Experience of a Black Tattooer #InktheDiaspora #WelcomeHomeTattoo #Brooklyn #NewYork #flashevent #tattooflash #blacktattooer #poc #JayBaby
In a recent article with Jaylind Hamilton, also known as Jay Baby Tattoo, I asked them what they thought about the current landscape of tattooing. “Getting into tattooing was hard. I had a serving job I worked 40 hours a week and after work I’d just draw flash and post it on my instagram. I posted it on my page in hopes that an artist would find me and teach me! I wanted to learn so bad. My apprenticeship was not a traditional one and I had to teach myself mostly. It was so hard... I don’t see real diversity in tattooing. It's a very white industry.” Unfortunately, it’s not a unique perspective.
It’s things such as this that the panel will be discussing. As the name of the event literally reflects, artist’s will be talking about their experience, how to challenge the current status quo, and how to continually support a diverse community. Tickets are still available, and for those who are not in the New York area, or cannot attend due to scheduling difficulties, the panel will be live streamed and available for 30 days after the event. There are also tickets comped for those with disabilities who cannot access Welcome Home due to the stairs leading to their studio.