Faith worked as a tattoo artist for 15 years but struggled to break into the white male-dominated industry. Now they're launching their own shop, which also will be a training ground for young artists. Faith , who is Black, transgender and queer, felt unwelcome and unsupported working for a handful of tattoo shops in the Chicago suburbs. They had a much better experience working as a guest artist at city shops, but it proved difficult to find full-time artist jobs, Faith said. In an effort to dismantle that narrative, Faith is opening their own tattoo shop, which will double as a training lab for aspiring Black, Brown, Indigenous, queer and transgender tattoo artists getting their start in the industry. Armitage Ave.
Tattoos are a permanent artistic expression of self, so androgynous tattoos that celebrate the fluidity of gender might just be a worthwhile investment. At heart, all tattoos can be considered androgynous. If we remove the gendered associations we place onto many images or ideas, there are few tattoos found out there that actually celebrate androgyny specifically, rather than being coincidentally unisex. Tattoos are, in my opinion, the ultimate way of telling the world what matters to you, though. If androgyny is a huge part of someone's identity, it only makes sense to combine a love of tattoo artistry with a respect for gender fluidity. If you take pride in going against traditional beauty standards, I believe that's an aspect of oneself that should be celebrated daily. The power and strength it takes to present as a totally androgynous person is nothing short of impressive in our heavily gendered world.
Behind every tattoo, there's a great story or a poor, drunken decision — but usually, there's a great story. We reached out to trans and gender-nonconforming people to ask specifically about the tattoos that represent or reflect their identity. Some pieces were inked to mark important milestones of self-discovery while others serve as small reminders of the bumps along the way.
Gabbi lives her truth in a photo of herself today, sitting in front of a picture of Gabe prior to her transition. Photo credit: Gabbi Tuft. The couple has one child, a nine-year-old daughter named Mia who was born in November