EARTHLINE TATTOO TRAINING RESIDENCY
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, OKANAGAN July 3 to 31
Earthline Tattoo Collective is Jordan Bennett, Amy Malbeuf and Dion Kaszas. Their residency seeks to revive traditional Indigenous tattooing practices.
JORDAN BENNETT: The surviving tattoo designs are found in pictographs, petroglyphs, hieroglyphics, baskets, clothing appliqués and elsewhere. Participants will learn safe practices to protect our communities from blood-borne pathogens. They’ll learn traditional hand-poke techniques and skin stitch, done with a needle and thread sewing into the skin, common in numerous Indigenous communities. We’ll hike in the Stein River Valley for land-based learning, and we’ll research each person’s ancestral tattooing practices to understand etiquette. It’s a way to reiterate the importance of tattooing, that it’s always been part of us and part of the land that we come from.
Residency participants learning traditional Indigenous tattooing methods, 2016