pretend this tattoo is a spell (2016 - ongoing)


pretend this tattoo is a spell positions tattooing as a form of ritualized magic. each tattoo is a sigil designed in collaboration with the bearer through the sharing of stories about their hopes and fears. these stories are the basis for the imagery used in each tattoo. what kind of spell do you need/what do you want it to do?

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eden

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eden

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sonia g.

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sonia g.

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cat

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cat

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lizzie

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lizzie

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sonia s.

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sonia s.

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sonia s.

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sonia s.

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (2017)


when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick was an installation and tattooing project presented by Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre. 8 participants were invited to select a design from the installation/flash zine to have tattooed on their bodies while lying in the centre of a magic circle, surrounded by dried sunflowers and red-brown spires taken from Regina’s industrial area.


i've been thinking a lot about ~transition - moving around, over, under, through. is there any meaning inherent in choosing to survive in a hostile environment? what if you put down roots there? my body doesn't work like it used to and i don't know how much longer i can keep running.

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (Installation View), 2017.

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (Installation View), 2017.

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (Installation View), 2017.

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (Installation View), 2017.

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (Installation View), 2017. 

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (Installation View), 2017. 

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (Installation View), 2017. 

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (Installation View), 2017. 

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (Installation View), 2017. 

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when god closes a door i smash his window with a brick (Installation View), 2017. 

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DYKE (2019)


i got the word DYKE tattooed on my forehead as a way of reclaiming my receeding hairline and asserting my identity as a butch lesbian. as younger members of the LGBT community adopt increasingly conservative, trans exclusionary ideas around who can call themselves a dyke, and whether or not it’s okay to self-identify with slurs more generally, i’m interested in what it means to be visibly marked as someone with contrary politics. 

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DYKE, 2019. (hand poked tattoo by Avianna Hudym.)

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DYKE, 2019. (hand poked tattoo by Avianna Hudym.)

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