In this episode of the Indigenous Brilliance podcast, jaye and Karmella share space with tattoo artists Jaz Whitford and Jaime Blankenship.
Together in this episode, we discuss themes of Indigenous tattooing as a cultural and ceremonial practice of gifting and community care. Jaz and Jaime share their thoughts on accountability to community as Indigenous tattoo artists, spiritual and holistic boundaries. As well, we discuss self care as tattoo artists, decolonizing and honouring traditional tattoo as sacred medicine and much more!
jaz is a 2 spirit anti-professional, working as an interdisciplinary artist centering community care, ancestral connections and qtpoc relief. they live semi-nomadically, along the unceded west coast of turtle island as well as the interior of so-called british columbia. jaz’s ancestry ties them to unceded secwepemcúl’ecw in the southern interior of so-called british columbia and more distantly to scotland, though the bulk of their art practice blooms within the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (musqueam), skwxwú7mesh (squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔ/selilwitulh (tsleil-waututh) nations where they have been overwhelmed with the warmheartedness, generosity and support of the host nations and indigiqueer community.
*Art by Jaz Whitford
Jaime Blankenship (she/they), is from the Secwepemc, Nlaka’pamux & Muskoday Cree First Nations. Jaime is a contemporary artist & tattoo artist living in the heart of Vancouver (East Van).
*Artwork by Jaime Blankenship
We hope you enjoy this episode and keep an eye out for a special Halloween episode coming out on October 31st!
Podcast transcription coming soon.
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