As tattoo shop closures halt an industry that’s so close to our hearts, we’re sure, like us, that you’re looking for ways to support the artists who are finding it difficult to maintain during this economic lag. Tattooists create artwork that inspires us but they also help people around the world indulge in the power and freedom of self-expression through tattooing. This is a wildly necessary, cathartic, and empowering art form...that’s why we love it. And because the creative forces behind some of our favorite visuals need support, we've gathered a few cool ways you can help out during coronavirus quarantines.
Share Artist Work With Friends
It’s not just the tattoo industry that is suffering right now. Many people around the globe are struggling with layoffs, business closures, and past due bills. That’s why this is the perfect option for people who just can’t stretch their buck enough to purchase prints: it’s free. Sharing your favorite artists' work on your social media, showing it to your friends, family or co-workers...that’s all bringing free promotion for an artist who may really need it right now. Make sure to tag them if you repost one of their images: that’s a truly important way people can find their new favorite tattoo artist. After all, this industry was built on word of mouth!
Share Healed Tattoos
This is also a super easy, fun, and free way you can support tattoo artists during coronavirus closures. Believe it or not, many people like to see tattoo artists pieces healed and out in the wild, including the tattooists themselves! And for whatever reason, collectors and clients rarely send them over. But it’s a great way to show that not only are you super proud of the tattoos that you’ve collected from them, but it also can help show that your artist knows what they’re doing. Healed tattoos often spotlight a tattooists talent, especially if you’ve had your piece for 5 years and it still looks hella fresh! Plus, since many tattooists are out of work, your photo can help give them content they can post on their own social media while business is super slow. It's a win win for everyone.
Book Future Appointments or Vouchers
Although travel may be restricted right now, and tattoo shops are mostly closed, that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to the future. As soon as the world heals and things are back on track, the tattooists you admire will be back in business with open books waiting and willing for whatever custom or flash piece you could ever desire. Grab a spot now, and you’ll be glad you did. Plus, this is especially good for people who are fortunate and privileged enough to have a steady job right now since, considering most bars are closed, maybe you can finally save up for that back piece instead of blowing cash on beers! Just a thought. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Perhaps the most straight-forward and price affordable option for most people out there is buying merchandise from tattoo artists you follow and admire. There are so many options and price points; some tattooists have t-shirts, mugs, bar towels, prints, skateboards...you name it. A tattoo artist somewhere out there has probably created it. Whether it’s a personal webstore, like Guen Douglas’s, or a Redbubble shop like V Affliction’s, or a Threadless store like Charline Bataille’s, you can find something the helps you rep the best of the best while also aiding artists who really need it right now.
If you still don’t feel like all of the above is enough, don’t fret. There are so many ways that you can get involved. A great idea is to check out your favorite tattoo studio or tattooist via their website, Tattoodo profile, or social media platforms and see if they’re doing anything special to stay afloat during COVID-19 quarantines. Greenpoint Tattoo Company is offering vouchers, Gristle Tattoo is having an art show, Chris Green is doing a tattoo giveaway contest and, vitally important, Chris Stuart is hosting a fund for his wife, Maria, who was just diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Stef Bastian has even started an art auction to help hospitals severely affected by coronavirus demands. There’s tons of ways to get involved and tons of artists out there doing unique and important things to keep the community thriving...so check in on your faves and see what’s up.
We hope this article helped show how you can support tattoo artists during this difficult time. If you’re wondering what Tattoodo is doing to help the cause, check out and share our Artist Plan. And if you have any ideas yourself, or have noticed a really cool event that we should cover, please reach out! We’d love to hear from you.