Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Three Kings Tattoo
343 E 10th St, New York NY 100019
It’s become an annual event we all look forward to. The Ladies, Ladies Art Show of 2019 brings together so many incredible artists who share their works together in a supportive environment. It’s not only a badass art exhibit, it’s also a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.
This year Elvia Iannacone Gezlev brought on Kate Archer to help curate the show, and Kate was kind enough to elucidate on why this particular celebration of women resonates with her.
“I remember being in college and seeing one of the first Ladies, Ladies Art Shows. I’ll admit that I was struck by the initial concept of an all woman tattoo art show and I suppose I felt foolish in never having thought of it as really being needed until then. I was very young and hadn’t yet felt the weight of why or how feminism was applicable or relevant in my daily life and personal experiences. Coming from rural North Carolina to big New York City at 18, I had a lot to experience and learn. As I encountered more in life (for better or worse), my identities and personal beliefs shifted and grew - even at the expense of losing relationships to family and friends. However, I wouldn’t change my path for anything and was able to find new belonging and friendship in the queer, art, & tattooing communities.” It’s sentiments like these that bring many of these artists together to share in a culture that they cherish.
This years’ artists include Miss Juliet, Lara Scotton, Rosie Evans, Pepa, Tine DeFiore and so many more. Much of the work is personal, but many touch on poignant global aspects. The medium is open, and can be anything from watercolor to digital paintings. But, regardless, they all bring the spotlight to women working in the tattoo, or fine arts, industries. For Kate, this means a perfect moment to put focus on concepts important to her, as well as many others. “I am a queer, femme, fat positive illustrator and printmaker….My work aims to depict the powerful diversity of queer sex, love, & self with an added edge.” This is sure to inform the curation and rightly so. Womxn’s rights are still being questioned, which often comes at the cost of physical and emotional well-being.
The proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, which helps over 1.5 million people get the care they need everyday. It fits perfectly with the Ladies Ladies Art Show mission. Kate explains, “I really can’t think of a better organization to assist in funding and aiding them in fighting back extremist laws - especially in this current political climate. Planned Parenthood is a vital part of healthcare for marginalized individuals and is on the frontlines of care regarding abortion, reproductive healthcare, hormone replacement therapy, and cancer screenings. There’s not one woman I know (myself included) who has not benefited from their various health services and mission.”
Both Kate and Elvia have put in a magnificent amount of effort to create another beautifully and thoughtfully curated event. Make sure that you stop by Three Kings Tattoo on Saturday, October 26th. It’s an opportunity to give back to the community while enjoying the artwork of some seriously talented people around the globe.