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Blood Lines – Indigenous Tattoo Symposium

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About Bloodlines

For the last few years, artists across Turtle Island have been involving themselves with Traditional Indigenous tattooing as a way to contribute to the revival of traditional tattooing practices. Tattoo practitioners are using ancestral mark-making techniques, ancestral symbolism and creating new iconography to connect Indigenous peoples to their familial knowledges, as dynamic and living cultures.

With an understanding of traditional tattooing practices as informative to Indigenous futurisms, artists have sought knowledge through various modes of learning. This includes exploration of ancestral tattooing histories and colonial records while working between the lines of unrecorded or erased histories. Traditional tattooing can repeal the effects of imperialism and assimilation in our communities to promote personal agency and new ways of being through evolving Indigenous cultural practices and visual arts.

Blood Lines is focused on the acknowledgement and knowledge sharing of traditional Indigenous tattooing practices. As a part of this event, we have gathered together artists who are community centred in the revival of traditional tattooing through an informed understanding of the importance that the practice has had and continues to have on Indigenous bodies. The influence of traditional tattooing will further the teaching and passing down of knowledge in symbolism, ritual, ceremony, and technique amongst other Indigenous peoples.

We invite the public to take part in the revival by attending the panel discussions, observing traditional tattooing methods during the live tattoo flash day, and poster sale. Celebrate the resurgence of Indigenous tattooing practices with us, and get inspired!

The artists to be included in this year’s Blood Lines event are as follows:

Blood Lines Artists:

  • Holly Aubichon
  • Jayda Delorme
  • Geanna Dunbar
  • Stacey Fayant
  • Dion Kaszas
  • Mel Lefebvre
  • Nolan Malbeuf
  • Sheri Osden Nault

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Hourly Schedule

Panel Discussions Day - June 25

10:00 - 10:15
Opening Ceremony
Prayer with Elder
10:15 - 11:00
Traditional Tattoo Revival Panel Discussion
Stacey Fayant, Sheri Osden Nault, and Dion Kaszas
11:00 - 12:00
Approaches and Appropriation Discussion
Dion Kaszas
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:30
Tattoo Histories and Futures on the Lands We Live On Panel Discussion
Stacey Fayant, Dion Kaszas, Mel Lefebvre, Nolan Malbeuf, Sheri Osden Nault
2:30 - 3:30
Artist Talks: Drawing Inspiration from our Histories
Stacey Fayant, Nolan Malbeuf
3:30 - 4:00
Closing Ceremony Performance
Jayda Delorme

Flash Day - June 26

10:00 - 12:00
Flash Tattoos & Poster Sales
Holly Aubichon, Jayda Delorme, Geanna Dunbar, Stacey Fayant, Dion Kaszas Nolan Malbeuf, Sheri Osden Nault
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 4:00
Flash Tattoos & Poster Sales
Holly Aubichon, Jayda Delorme, Geanna Dunbar, Stacey Fayant, Dion Kaszas Nolan Malbeuf, Sheri Osden Nault


Jun 25 - 26 2022


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Artesian
2627 13th Ave, Regina, SK S4T 1N2