What is Eco-Tattooing?
Over the past 9 years as a tattoo artist I have become increasingly aware of the amount of plastic waste that is generated in this industry. Recently the movement of eco-tattooers raising awareness has really begun to shift the way professionals think of their waste habits.
Eco-tattooing refers to shifts in our consumer habits by using tattoo supplies that are 3rd party certified as compostable or biodegradable. Over the past 3 years my tattoo set up has become 90% eco-responsible and will continue to grow as more tattoo supplies are converted from petroleum based plastics to compostable and biodegradable options.
My art has always been very influenced by nature and a concern for how our human habits impact the world around us. In 2018 I was tattooing a long time client and we got into a discussion about plastic waste. I told my client that I was trying to find tattoo supply companies that make eco-products and was having trouble, yet felt frustrated because many industries that use similar products have compostable options. That conversation sparked a chain of events that lead to the right people meeting at the right time and in 2018 my then client and I started down the path of opening the first North American eco-tattoo supply company, Good Judy Inc. Focusing on products that are certified through official third parties like ASTM International, Biodegradable Products Institute and TUV Austria we have been able to build a product line that can reduce a tattoo artists plastic waste by up to 90%. You can find out more at goodjudy.ca
Links to BIPOC +Environmentalist material
The following is a list of material pertaining to BIPOC + environmental issues. My emphasis is on Canada but this will include material and resources from everywhere.
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, writer:
Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en check point:
There’s Something in the Water, book:
Ingrid Waldron, @waldroningrid on Instagram
There’s Something in the Water Documentary:
Polluted Promises book:
The Right to be Cold, book:
Mustard Greens, book:
Fern Wood Publishing:
A Different Book List - book store:
Wander and Wonder Studio, books for kids:
Foodshare Toronto, Organisation:
This section focuses on material about de-escalation and interaction tactics.
Vidhya Ramalingam, author/speaker/founder:
Girds.org, German institute on radicalization and de-radicalization studies:
Life After Hate, rehabilitation group:
Links recommended by this organization: