By Tamara
SUPPORT ALKQN:





I made this painting for a benefit event some friends of mine are hosting tonight as part of a legal support tour for incarcerated members of the Greensboro ALKQN.  There will be a screening of the documentary “Black and Gold” this evening at Bluestockings followed by a discussion of the situation in Greensboro, how it affects our communities, and what you can do to help.  

You can read about what’s happening on the support website, which explains everything much better than I could reproduce here- this is essentially a repeat of the government’s attempts to use RICO to prosecute political organizations and community groups that they perceive as a threat.  King Jay and the Greensboro ALKQN’s efforts to unite their community and build solidarity between black and brown, local government, anarchist circles, and bring about cooperation towards common goals are inspiring and an example to others.  

This cause has really struck a chord with me as someone of mixed ethnicity; being Mexican-American I have never really felt “ENOUGH” of any one thing- not white enough, not brown enough, being met with shock and amusement at the fact that I’m fluent in Spanish, being the “gringo cousin” to my family in Mexico, feeling like choosing to align myself with punk/anarchist/radical ideologies and covering myself in tattoos was akin to moving a step further from my cultural identity.  I am so, so unspeakably grateful to see in this difficult situation a point of unity for my racial and cultural identity and political identity, something I have often thought would never happen.  My thoughts are with those who are being detained and with their families.

By Tamara

SUPPORT ALKQN:

I made this painting for a benefit event some friends of mine are hosting tonight as part of a legal support tour for incarcerated members of the Greensboro ALKQN.  There will be a screening of the documentary “Black and Gold” this evening at Bluestockings followed by a discussion of the situation in Greensboro, how it affects our communities, and what you can do to help.  

You can read about what’s happening on the support website, which explains everything much better than I could reproduce here- this is essentially a repeat of the government’s attempts to use RICO to prosecute political organizations and community groups that they perceive as a threat.  King Jay and the Greensboro ALKQN’s efforts to unite their community and build solidarity between black and brown, local government, anarchist circles, and bring about cooperation towards common goals are inspiring and an example to others.  
This cause has really struck a chord with me as someone of mixed ethnicity; being Mexican-American I have never really felt “ENOUGH” of any one thing- not white enough, not brown enough, being met with shock and amusement at the fact that I’m fluent in Spanish, being the “gringo cousin” to my family in Mexico, feeling like choosing to align myself with punk/anarchist/radical ideologies and covering myself in tattoos was akin to moving a step further from my cultural identity.  I am so, so unspeakably grateful to see in this difficult situation a point of unity for my racial and cultural identity and political identity, something I have often thought would never happen.  My thoughts are with those who are being detained and with their families.

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“I’m so excited about these!  These two images are very near and dear to me so when I decided to take the plunge and have some high-quality giclee prints made it was a no-brainer to pick these paintings.  The originals will be on display in the “Paranormal Hallucinations” show at Pandemic Gallery this weekend, but I’m happy to be able to offer prints for those who don’t necessarily want to drop the cash on an original.  15x22” archival giclee prints on cold-pressed Canson paper, printed by Skink Ink.  Edition of eight apiece, hand numbered and signed.  $120 postage paid, paypal to t.waite.santibanez (at) gmail.com.

I’ll have these for sale at my open studio as well!”

I’m so excited about these!  These two images are very near and dear to me so when I decided to take the plunge and have some high-quality giclee prints made it was a no-brainer to pick these paintings.  The originals will be on display in the “Paranormal Hallucinations” show at Pandemic Gallery this weekend, but I’m happy to be able to offer prints for those who don’t necessarily want to drop the cash on an original.  15x22” archival giclee prints on cold-pressed Canson paper, printed by Skink Ink.  Edition of eight apiece, hand numbered and signed.  $120 postage paid, paypal to t.waite.santibanez (at) gmail.com.

I’ll have these for sale at my open studio as well!”

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Fight the Good Fight (December 10th)

Tamara: Here is the event info for a benefit I’m a part of- my hooded falcon t-shirt design will be available along with images from twenty-four other tattooers.  I hope to see everyone there.
Fight the Good Fight, a t-shirt line started by Sue Jeiven from East River 
Tattoo, was developed as a way of raising money and awareness for 
breast cancer.  Through this cause, Ms. Jeiven united the NYC tattoo 
community to create designs for t-shirts so as to not only bring awareness 
to the cause, but more personally, to help support an organization with 
which she is currently a patient.  Fight the Good Fight is a limited edition 
run of twenty-five unique t-shirt designs with artists from eleven different 
tattoo shops.   T-shirts will be available for $25 at a benefit party hosted by 
In God We Trust (70 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222) on December 
10, 2011 at 8:30 pm.   
  
All proceeds from the t-shirts will go to MovingOn: 
  
  
For further information and questions please contact: 
cglockhart@gmail.com

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Tamara:

A painting I finished just before leaving town.  This may be one of my  favorites so far in this style.  I’ve been having a lot of fun with it  as you might be able to tell.  You can see this painting and others  hanging in Gimme! coffee on Lorimer for the next month, alongside  paintings from psychic sister Alex McWatt.  This was the only snapshot I  took before matting it to display, so please ignore any distortion.

Tamara:

A painting I finished just before leaving town.  This may be one of my favorites so far in this style.  I’ve been having a lot of fun with it as you might be able to tell.  You can see this painting and others hanging in Gimme! coffee on Lorimer for the next month, alongside paintings from psychic sister Alex McWatt.  This was the only snapshot I took before matting it to display, so please ignore any distortion.

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