What IS Black Tattoo Anthology
Black Tattoo Anthology is for the culture - We are a platform and community solely dedicated to collecting, sharing and protecting Black tattoo history and culture for the future.
For over 400 years, we have witnessed our Black history and culture stripped, colonized and rewritten.
It's time to take back our narrative with DYNASTIC WEALTH as our North Star!
Black Tattoo Anthology officially launches February 2024 with
BLACK TATTOO CULTURE CON
A community gathering for melanated Black tattoo lovers, worldwide!
Tattooing has evolved from a cultural practice to a form of personal expression,
a symbol of rebellion, a beacon of identity.
But for people of color, tattoos hold an even deeper significance.
They're a direct bridge to our ancestral roots -
allowing us to sit in the present, evoke the past and manifest bright futures despite circumstances.
They are a visual narrative of our personal and collective history, a bold declaration of our identity in a world that often tries to silence us.
What's more ... in this future, as the world maddens tattoos have emerged as a powerful tool for mental health and healing - a form of therapy.
Each tattoo IS a testament to our resilience, a symbol of healing, a mark of triumph over adversity. It's a form of self-care that empowers us to reclaim our bodies, to transform pain into art,
etching stories of survival and celebration onto our skin.
We envision curating a new Black tattoo experience -
one where pioneers, matriarchs, and professional artists crafts an outline of the historical milestones, movements, and contributions through artistry with the tattoo industry, allowing aspirants and other young artists (inspired by the crafting and healing modality) a way to see their future selves and possibilities.
This futuristic anthropological experience empowers our community and industry to combine tattoo and technology with history, art, culture, creativity, and innovation -
a monumental shift our community and industry deserve.
Black Tattoo Anthology is
one part enthography, one part anthropology, one part pop-culture.
Join us as we embark on a captivating journey, delving into the vibrant world of
Black tattooing, its rich culture, and the thriving renaissance it experiences today.
This initiative passionately follows and documents the narratives of black artists, pioneers, and community members who dare to break boundaries, embrace their heritage through the art of tattooing by coloring outside the line, and rewrite the history through our lens and skin.
By capturing these contemporary experiences, this project shines a spotlight on black artistry and tattoos on melanated skin, while underscoring the profound intentionality and influence of this art form within the culture. Moreover, this initiative meticulously traces the history of black tattoo culture, illuminating its significance in the present day and celebrating our successes.
Beyond being skin-deep, Black Tattoo Anthology serves as a profound link,
fostering a deeper connection to our ancestry within the members of Black tattoo culture - enriching our understanding of who we are as individuals and as a community.
This dynamic initiative acknowledges the past, celebrates the vibrant present, and enthusiastically lays the groundwork for the future,
uniting Black tattooing, and culture in an unparalleled manner – the heart of Afrofuturism.
There Are 4 Ways to Experience & Engage With Black Tattoo Anthology
Trauma-informed Tattoo Therapist, Life Coach. Lifestyle Influencer. Black Creative Entrepreneurship Thought Leader. Personal Brand Betty. Curator of Culture. Anthropologist. While these are just a few of the titles Imani K Brown is known by, a more fitting description might simply be:
Founder of Little INKPLAY Shop + its brand family known from DC to Japan and creator of the Y.U.M.E. methodology Imani is the 2nd most prominent Black female tattoo artist in the US with a heartfelt mission to guide Black creatives through the twists and turns of entrepreneurship, building scalable business foundations and achieving sustainable success.
A fearless innovator and expert in social selling, artist development, and cultivating culture Imani is well-versed on how to use timeless strategies and methods to exalt creatives as authentic leaders and icons in an over-crowded marketplace.
With 20 years experience, Imani's tattoo therapy practice has supported over 1,000 individuals on their journey to uncovering their authentic selves, through tattoo, alongside an impressive list of personal and professional accomplishments.
When it comes to reframing how ambitious creatives do business, no one does it better than Imani K Brown.