UnScarred Art Show
WHEN: April 9, 7:00 pm cst
WHAT: Artwork from around the world will be available for purchase. We'll be joined by a panel of tattoo artists who will talk about their careers tattooing over scars and helping survivors find healing. We will enjoy performances from Comedian Al Jackson and Broadway Actor Robert Anthony Jones.
WHY: All proceeds will go towards the production of UnScarred, a documentary film currently in production. UnScarred is the story of survivors, physically scarred through trauma or illness who, despite cultural stigmas or religious traditions, reclaim their bodies through the art of tattoo. Watch the trailer below.
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Dawn Grace has become the go-to for all types of scarring, including both breast cancer survivors and self-harm survivors. Along with artistic designs, she offers 3D nipple/areola tattooing for breast cancer survivors, surgical scar coverups/embellishments, and re-pigmentation. She is the co-owner of Bella Rose Tattoo in Albany Park, Chicago.
David Allen has dedicated his career to providing black and grey tattoos to breast cancer survivors. He started The Self Reclamation Project, a non-profit organization that facilitates healing through empathy, art, and science.
His mastectomy tattoo work has been shown at the MOMA. And his article on the importance of empathy was published in JAMA...which called his work the “intersection of art and science.”
Stacie-Rae Weir is a southern California based tattoo artist and the founder of A.R.T. The organization focuses on creating realistic temporary 3D nipple tattoos, designed the first permanent areola pigments, and invented the first standard scarred practices. Along with 3D nipples, Stacie also creates decorate tattoos to cover scars.
Eric Catalano is based in Hecker, Illinois and got his start working with paramedical tattoos after a man wandered into his shop looking for a fingernail design at the tips of his fingernail-less fingers. The shockingly realness of the tattoo went viral. Since then, Eric has spent much of his career working with scars and survivors. At his shop, Eternal Ink Tattoo Studio, Eric hosts a "Wellness Wednesday," he does up to eight reconstructive tattoos pro-bono.
Al Jackson cohosts the nationally broadcast talk show Daily Blast Live, which was just renewed for a third season, as well as the weekly podcast “Al & Frank Try To Be Serious” with Frank Caliendo, found on all streaming platforms. Recently, Al brushed up on his acting chops appearing on HBO’s 2Dope Queens performing stand up, as well as shooting four episodes of the Jim Jeffries show Legit on FX. Last year, he shot the 100th episode of his BBC Guinness Book of World Records show Officially Amazing.
Al’s hour long comedy special “Baby Steps” was picked up by the global distributor Comedy Dynamics and his half hour comedy special is on Comedy Central. He has appeared on several Comedy Central shows, including This is Not Happening, The Meltdown, and @midnight. He was also featured on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Special and Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground.
Robert Anthony Jones made his Broadway debut in Finding Neverland, playing the roles of Mr. Cromer and Mr. Henshaw on and off for over a year. He eventually took over the role of Mr. Cromer and was part of the final company. Three weeks later, he joined the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway mega-hit, The Phantom of the Opera. Robert has also appeared in the original Off-Broadway Cast (and original Off-Broadway Cast recordings) of The Prince and the Pauper at the historic Lamb's Theatre in the heart of Times Square, and Bunnicula (based on the children's books) at the Daryl Roth Theatre.