Thanks to Tee S. Hawkins and Kenya Gales over at Queer 2 the T, PR Radio’s top-ranking show, for a great interview about The Skin I’m In. Tee’s great questions led to an in-depth conversation about body, identity, spirituality, and intergenerational perspectives in the digital-age LGBTQ community. We also talk in depth about the amazing work of featured artists and collaborators Rande Cook and Zulu, and I share new information about my next film project Zen & the Art of Dying and its queer central character, the pioneering Zenith Virago.
Listen to the full interview.
Goddess of FIre Tattoo, Courtesy of Zulu Tattoo 2008
THE SKIN I’M IN’s featured tattoo artist Zulu is one of the central artists included in L.A. Skin & Ink a new exhibition at the Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum running through January 6, 2013. The exhibition traces a core group of artists and their exploration and reinterpretation of global tattooing traditions, along with an important thread of artisanal mentorship. Read the full press release here
( Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times )
Zulu, the amazing tattoo artist featured in THE SKIN I’M IN is a Freemason, breaking down perceptions about the Masons and their membership.
“Zulu became curious about Freemasonry after tattooing Masonic symbology on several clients. He joined five years ago at age 39 and now serves as webmaster and senior warden of North Hollywood Lodge No. 542. He has also gone on to become both a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner (Masonic membership is a prerequisite for both), and next year he will become the leader of his lodge. ‘I’ll be the first black worshipful master in the lodge’s history,’ he said, using the proper term of respect.”
Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/features/image/la-ig-masons18-2008may18,0,42602.story