Saskatchewan artists want to make the tattoo industry more inclusive
According to tattoo artists, this industry has always been exclusive and patriarchal, dominated by men. Therefore, harassment and inappropriate behavior are widespread.
The place where I started this trade was definitely the dirtiest and darkest place and it was more intimidating. I have noticed that many people do not feel comfortable in this placePenny remembers (Bread) Desboro, a tattoo artist who opened his shop, Painful Beautiful Tattoosin Saskatoon in 2021.
Tattooing is such a delicate business that you invest in yourself, so it’s very important to us that people feel comfortable.describes a tattoo artist collaborating with a diverse group of artists and owners to create their own environments while providing inclusive spaces for an equally diverse clientele.
According to him, there have been reports of inappropriate behavior from both artists and customers within the industry.
” Such an easy terrain for a predator. »
However, according to colleague Nicole (Sly Nick) Boczula, another tattoo artist Painful Beautiful TattoosThe perspective of the tattoo industry has seen a shift with the arrival of female artists, non-binary artists and queer artists into this universe.
For him, Painful Beautiful Tattoos it is an advanced version of an industry built mainly by men.
It started with criminals, sailors, bikers, I mean more macho areas of society.Nicole (Devious Nick) says Boczula.
This is not the industry for you
In turn, Dominica (Domi Compounds) Janowczyk is a co-owner Boo Radley Tattoos Regina and new Mockingbird Tattoo In Calgary.
Back then, when I was looking for a place to learn the art, I met a few tattoo artists, mostly old-school white cisgender men, who told me it wasn’t the industry for me.reminiscent of Dominican (Domi Compounds) Janowczyk pointed out that her two stores prefer to hire women and gays who are anti-racist and body-positive.
For him, communication between the tattoo artist and the clients should be a priority, as he believes that there are still many tattoo artists who abuse the limits of their clients.
Inclusivity is our responsibility
It’s also owner Haley Gardiner’s mission Honey Bee Tattoo Collective In Saskatoon, it strives to champion inclusion and accessibility by choosing a location with a welcoming atmosphere and elevator access.
I got to a point where I thought about leaving the industry because I didn’t feel like there was a place for me.says Haley Gardiner, who went on to open her own tattoo shop in 2020.
” It is our responsibility to make this industry enjoyable for everyone. »
Movements have taken place across Canada to speak out against violence and harassment in the tattoo industry.
In 2020, Regina’s tattoo scene is under intense scrutiny. An Instagram account dedicated to sharing anonymous stories of sexual abuse has posted serious allegations of harassment and abuse. Customers demanded accountability, and artists supported those who said they were inked.
With files from Kendall Latimer