Cultural Appropriation in the Tattoo Industry: Art or Racism?

Posted by Caitlin Newago on

Last night, I was lounging around doing a whole lot of nothing. Typical Friday night shenanigans. Checking my phone, I had a few notifications from my tattoo artist- Mark, owner and artist at Stronghold Tattoo in Duluth, MN. “Hey I have a question” He had a client requesting a tattoo cover up design of a skull in a headdress. He had realized it could be offensive, and called me for advice. I explained to him how a literal portrait of a dead indian romanticizes the genocide of indigenous peoples. I confirmed it is indeed offensive and explained why (check the...

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