Jaylind Hamilton, aka jaybaby.tattoo, is an artist based in Houston, Texas. In this film, they speaks on their own experiences within the tattoo industry while we watch as they create Japanese inspired flash tattoos for happy clients.
Although becoming a tattoo artist was not an easy path for Jaylind, they mention how adversity has made them a stronger artist. This ability to embrace resilience is given back to clients by creating a safe environment to be tattooed. Often, getting a tattoo can help a person become confident and this is something Jay full heartedly supports. A voice of positivity and hope in the industry, Jaylind views diversity and inclusion as integral parts to a healthy tattoo community. Jay envisions tattooing, and the people who are involved in it, as a space where everyone can find the happiness they deserve.
Filmed in the fall of 2019, Ink the Diaspora brought people together for a two day event, “The Experience of the Black Tattooer” held at the Brooklyn tattoo studio Welcome Home. Both a flash day and a panel discussion, the event was a celebration of black tattooers and clients, as well as a critical look at the need for more diversity within the tattoo industry. Anderson Luna, as well as Sanyu, Doreen Garner, Oba Jackson, and Jaylind Hamilton came together for this flash event to tattoo clients with original flash they created. It is moments like these that are deeply empowering to members of the community who do not feel heard, seen or included. Creating inclusivity and visibility for particular populations who too often go unnoticed increases the beauty and connectivity of the tattoo industry. “The Experience of the Black Tattooer” is the epitome of progressing and evolving tattooing into a better future.
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