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113 In The New Skin&Ink– Ladies, Ladies! Art Show Women in Tattoo: “Ladies, Ladies!” Art Show

By Marisa Kakoulas

Photography by JJ Ignotz

At Brooklyn’s Tattoo Culture Studio and Art Gallery, on December 10th, as a throng of tattooed masses spilled out onto the sidewalk, the chatter could be heard from down the block. The excitement was over the exhibition inside: an art show described as “historically important” by veteran tattooist Juli Moon, for its celebration of women tattoo artists as fine artists.

212 In The New Skin&Ink– Ladies, Ladies! Art Show The “Ladies, Ladies!” Art Show, curated by Elvia Iannaccone Gezlev (aka Miss Elvia) and Emma Griffiths, featured works from over fifty female tattooists, including those who have been tattooing for over thirty years like Madame Vyvyn Lazonga, Pat Sinatra, Debbie Lenz and Juli Moon. And these modern godmothers of tattoo were all in attendance at the opening. “Having Vyvyn, Pat, Juli and Debbie all come to the opening was just magic, as they are heroes of mine and their longevity and commitment to tattooing means so much,” said Griffiths. The crowd flocked around these legends, particularly upcoming artists who were hungry for advice or a good story. Even Juli herself 311 In The New Skin&Ink– Ladies, Ladies! Art Show expressed reverence for her fellow groundbreaker: “When I started tattooing over thirty-three years ago, there weren’t that many women. Vyvyn Lazonga was my hero, and I’m so happy she’s here!” She added, “I think it’s important for the world to know that, yes, we are artists. We not only tattoo but we do all different types of art.” Indeed, a variety of artistic media were on view, from oil paintings to photographs to drawings to mixed media.

Read the entire article in the July issue of Skin&Ink. On sale now.

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 Ladies, Ladies! Art Show December 10

“Ladies, Ladies!” Art Show
Featuring the artwork of 50 women tattooers!

Place:  Tattoo Culture
129-A Roebling Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211
www.tattooculture.net

Date:                  Friday, December 10, 2010

Time:                  From 7-11 p.m.

We are honored to present a broad range of talented women, covering different styles and generations! From the ones who paved the way to the ones who continue the tradition. We are especially proud to pay our respects to Juli Moon, Vyvyn Lazonga, Pat Sinatra, Kari Barba, Debra Yarian and Debbie Lenz, each of them with over 30 years of experience in the art of tattooing.

A celebration of women and art!

The show will be curated by Elvia Iannaccone Gezlev (tattoogirl68@hotmail.com)
& Emma Griffiths (porcupinetattoo@rcn.com)