The Great Wave off Kanawangara, by Hokusai
In 2011, Japan saw some devastating events. Thankfully, the good people living there also saw incredible generosity and compassion from many people. Some of those people were tattooers from all over the world. This page was set up at the time to try to keep track of many of the things going on to raise money for aid. We don’t really need this page up now, but I like to keep it up and show how well some of our friends in tattooing did.
Following the devastating events in Japan this month, many tattooers all over the world have been trying their best to raise as much money for aid as possible. Through Tattoo.TV’s Japan Week, I’ve been trying my best to keep up with tattooer’s events and benefits, but everything’s happening so fast it’s hard to keep up! As an addition to the week, I will also be posting up news here of anything I hear of. If you see any events in your area, please visit your local studio and take part- even if you don’t want to buy anything or get a tattoo, you can donate at participating studios. Also, if you have anything happening in your studio you would like us to list up, please contact us, or leave a comment below! With me living in the UK, I would really appreciate you overseas folks keeping your ears to the ground!
Worldwide: Dave Allen is currently sorting out everyone’s efforts in Tattooers for Japan, which now has a website and a Facebook group. You can raise money in any way from your studio, then send the money on. Dave is currently researching the best charity to give the money to.
Worldwide / Leeds: Ink for Aid is taking submissions from artists of any medium (particularly tattooers) for an auction of pieces, as well as greetings cards! The event will take place in Leeds (UK), but submissions are open to anyone in the world! Click here for the group/ more info.
Liverpool, UK: Northern Soul Tattoo will be holding a full walk-in day on April 3rd, giving all takings from the day to Tattooers for Japan. There will be a Japanese themed flash sheet of designs for you to choose from, and the studio will be open from 11-5. Adam and Sharron are also donating paintings to Ink for Aid. You can find out about both of these here.
Worldwide: Designs website Tattoodles will give 100% of their profits from subscriptions to the Red Cross Japan Relief on March 19th.
Worldwide: From now until June 1st, Bill Waverly of Waverly Color Co. will donate 100% of the profits made from any of the three Japanese colours he has for sale. You can see more on that here.
Wirral / Merseyside, UK: Corazon Tattoo Studio are holding a raffle for 2 hour sessions right now, which costs £5 to enter. The proceeds will go towards the Red Cross. This raffle will close on April 15th, so click here to find out more.
Essex, UK: At the Essex Tattoo Expo this Saturday (March 20th), Total Tattoo Magazine will be donating all sales from their stall to aid for both Japan and New Zealand. They have subscriptions, mugs, hoodies and all sorts of other crap, so please dig deep if you’re there!
Worldwide/ Japan: Gomineko Books, an online resource for Japanese tattoo and art books, have set up a fund where you can donate money for those in need. Gomineko Books is actually based in Japan, so as soon as they can get back from the Sydney Expo, they’ll be able to see where your money is most needed. See their note here.
Vancouver, Canada: The Tattooers for Japan group will have their own booth set up at the Vancouver Tattoo Convention, selling donated prints and originals. Dave Allen will in attendance. To submit anything, visit the website here.
Worldwide/ Germany: Diamond Jim is currently collecting submissions for an online auction of artwork from artists and tattooers. To see the details, and a message from Jim, please click here.
New York, USA: Northern Liberty Tattoo will be holding a one-off walk-in day on April 2nd, and will be selling prints too. You can see all of the details for this event here.
Saskatoon, Canada: Shawn Hedley will be at the Saskatoon Tattoo Convention on April 16th and 17th, where he’ll be tattooing from a flash sheet of kanji and cherry blossoms for the cause. Shawn is also organising a big tattooing marathon for the cause, which I’ll try to keep on top of to tell you all about very soon!
Belfast, Ireland: From our mate Sharkboy: Japanese tattoo specialist Chris Crooks of White Dragon Tattoo in Belfast (check out his work in this month’s Tattoo Revolution) has created a new t-shirt to raise funds for Japan disaster relief. Available from the shop and online through PayPal, they cost £25 and for an extra fiver you get entered into a draw to win a full day’s tattooing from Chris. For more info, check out the shop’s facebook profile here. Thanks mate!
Cambridgeshire, UK: Armadillo Ink will be doing a walk in day to raise money for Japan, too. The art they’ll be using will be posted online shortly, so I’ll keep you posted when I see that.
North Carolina, USA: Cherry Blossom Studios are holding a fundraising day for Tattooers for Japan. From Tattooers for Japan’s Facebook group:
Cherry Blossom Studios will be hosting such an event here in Fayetteville. Mr E, Penny from Lady Dragon and a few other local artists will be tattooing all day Sunday April 17th with all proceeds made that day going to Japan.
For more information, please contact Cherry Blossom Studios at 910-425-9600.
Toronto, Canada: Archive Tattoos are having a full walk in day for Tattooers for Japan on April 3rd. They have 2-3 sheets of flash to choose from, ranging from $50-$150. Check ‘em out here.
Worldwide: Jarret Clarkson is auctioning off a wonderful piece of work for Tattooers for Japan. Current bid is $200, can you top it? Click here to see that.
Montreal, Canada: Tattoo Mania will be hosting their Tattooers for Japan day on April 9th. Look out for more information on their Facebook here.
Worldwide: One brave soul is auctioning off his own skin to be tattooed with whatever the highest bidder wants. This could get weird! The current bid (on 29th March) is £62! See the auction here on eBay.
Madrid, Spain: Alex Serrano at Black Star Tattoo in Madrid will be doing a Tattooers for Japan walk in day on April 11th. You can see his flash sheet for the day here- and also buy the sheet afterwards for €180 (or a copy for €15!).