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“LGBT Support and the Tattoo Industry” by Nick Baxter

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by Nick Baxter: Everyone reading this is probably well aware of the mass shooting tragedy in Orlando, Florida a few days ago, targeted specifically at a popular gay nightclub. While headlines and attention tend to quickly move on to other current events, the trauma and aftermath is still being sorted out for all the victims, and many generous people and organizations have set up relief funds to help them. If you feel compelled to donate, here are two such efforts: https://www.crowdrise.com/we-stand-with-pulse-fund https://www.gofundme.com/29bubytqhttps://www.gofundme.com/29bubytq Thankfully, there has been a very supportive social media response to the Orlando shootings from tattoo artists and industry people. Yet, on a daily basis at tattoo related public events, LGBT issues seem to be rarely broached and are almost never amongst any of the tattoo artists I know or have been around. Although I don’t have close involvement with a vast majority of the tattoo world, especially as it grows exponentially bigger seemingly every year, I would love to see a more vocal and public consciousness around LGBT issues from tattooers and those involved in the industry. As it slowly evolves away from the secluded underground, and often quite intimidating “macho boys club” that it used to be, I’ve wondered to myself why there aren’t more proud and openly gay/trans tattoo artists making waves in the tattoo world (or if there are, why am I not hearing about them the same way I hear about all kinds of other industry happenings?). After all, it has historically been ...Read More »

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