I want to make my commitment to equity and anti-racism clear and public. I promise to continue to do whatever work it takes to make my platform more inclusive, and to make the spaces around me safe and supportive for all people.

 

Tattoos Are For Everybody:

 

It's your artist's job to ensure that your tattoo is placed and sized appropriately for the design and for your skin type - but barring medical concerns, everybody can be tattooed.  

 

Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community:

I have included a spot to provide your pronouns in my tattoo request form. My pronouns are she/her. 

 

I am proud to be employed by a queer woman at my home shop, Good Form Piercing & Tattoos. Together, we support the Nanaimo Pride Society and their annual festival.  

 

Tattooing Melanated Skin:

Yes! Let's do this! I specialize in colourful tattoos, and am happy to offer colour work to anyone who wants it. If you've been denied colour tattoos in the past, I want to change that. 

Colour patch tests: 

Colour patch tests are a great way to start; this is a process of applying a small sample of multiple colours in a discrete area (like the ankle), and letting them heal, before starting the actually tattoo. This allows us to see how colours heal in your skin so that we can choose a colour palette that will be the most successful and flattering to you!

 

It's an extra step, but well worth the investment of time! 

 

Accessibility:

Good Form, my home shop in Nanaimo, has no stairs and is wheelchair accessible. We have hydraulic tattoo chairs that can be raised, lowered, and adjusted to support the body in different ways. 

 

Anxiety and Mental Health Concerns:

Mental health is important and tattooing can be a part of your self care, but it can also be challenging.

 

I have tattooed many people with anxiety and phobias triggered by needles and medical environments, and have always found communication to be the key. If something about the tattooing process might cause you stress and anxiety, please let me know during our consultation so that I can adjust my procedure to best help you manage your concerns.

 

Sometimes little things, like having me explain what I'm doing more (or less), a type of music, or a slower appointment with more breaks may be needed - and those are all things that I can offer you.    

 

Since June 2020, my home shop Good Form Piercing and Tattoos has committed to donating a portion of profits to a charity that supports the community, each and every month. 

Accountability:

Words don't mean much if they are not backed up by actions. I'm going to keep a public running list of actions I am personally taking to educate myself and to make my space in the world inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist. 

 

Complete/In Progress Actions:  

  •  Added a section for pronouns in my tattoo request form, IG, email signature  
  • Started adding descriptive captions to my IG posts 
  • Seeking out, following, and being inspired by BIPOC artists everyday 
  • Adding BIPOC characters to my pop culture tattoo flash collection 
  • Listening to the Good Ancestors podcast
  • Diversifying my reading and watching lists  
  • Donated a painting to a fundraiser for Freedom Fund
  • Took "Diversity and Inclusion Online Crash Course" by Cicely Blain 
  • Coordinated the hiring of a Black owned consulting firm to help review hiring practices and facilitate ongoing training for staff at Good Form
  • Paying BIPOC people's for the education they provide via Patreon, Paypal, etc 
  • Purchasing ongoing business training from a black, female owned business 
  • Partnered with The New Wave Diversity Project to do a photoshoot to promote colour tattooing for melanated skin 

 

Future Planned Actions: 

  • Taking Rachel Rickett's Spiritual Activism Courses 
  • Find more ways to direct work and personal money to BIPOC owned businesses 
  • TBD