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Preserving Tattoo History and Culture: Interview with NotBueno.Club

Preserving Tattoo History and Culture: Interview with NotBueno.Club

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Rafa, the creator behind the NotBueno.Club blog, talks more about the importance of documenting and preserving tattoo history and culture.

There is a monumental importance to documenting and preserving diverse aspects of tattoo culture, just as there is for all elements of civilization. The Smithsonian dates tattooing back to about 5,200 years which, in itself, almost proves how integral and natural tattooing is to humanity and society. Perhaps it’s the aspect of the deeply ingrained need for human expression, or the need for man to make his mark upon the world in the most permanent forms available.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Perhaps your background, and when you became interested in tattoos? What is NotBueno.Club about? 

NotBueno was created to support, in particular, tattoo history, culture, and photography. Can you talk about why you were so drawn to those particular aspects of the tattoo community?

All of them, in my eyes, are valuable and need to be archived because they tell us a lot about us as a society. We can learn so much about the psychological and social conditions of these people...

Why is tattoo history and culture so important to archive and remember? What do you think it says about culture and society at large?

I grew up caring about people, rich or poor, white or black or Indian or Latino, straight or not, it doesn’t matter because we are all here together. NotBueno.Club is 100% all about inclusivity and being authentic. 

Mainstream tattoo culture can be very white washed, classist, and male oriented and I feel like your page really stems the tide against that in its inclusivity and authenticity. Did you take this into consideration when creating the NotBueno.Club IG?

What are your hopes for the future of Not Bueno, the tattoo community at large, and documentarians who focus on this particular section of society?


Justine Morrow
Written byJustine Morrow

Social Producer, Journalist, Editor, and Curator for Tattoodo I am here to support you 🌻 IG: @lathe.of.heaven

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