For part two of Intersectional Ink, we brought together six Black tattoo artists to discuss their experiences and opinions. Within the last year, police brutality and systemic racism against Black people has come to the forefront of discussion in the United States. This has impacted all Black Americans, including many of your favorite tattoo artists. These artists come from different walks of life, tattoo in different styles and many of them traveled around the world in order to pursue their dreams of becoming professional tattooers, but are united in their call for an end to all forms of hate.
Intersectional Ink is our way of uplifting the stories and opinions of artists from marginalized communities, voices that have too often been ignored in our industry. Tattooing is an art form that’s origin can’t be pinpointed to a specific culture, location or group of people. It’s been found in ancient civilizations around the world—adorning Ötzi (Europe’s oldest known natural mummy), decorating the Maori tribes of Polynesia and ornamenting First Nations people of North America. Today, tattooing continues to draw in artists from around the world and many of these artists share a unifying experience.
Oba Jackson https://www.instagram.com/omoori/
Zelik Wooten https://www.instagram.com/zelik.w/
Melody Mitchell https://www.instagram.com/melodytattoos/
Jaz Paulino https://www.instagram.com/gentle_jaz/
Angelo Saracina https://www.instagram.com/angelo.digital/