I was so honored and humbled to shoot a fundraiser that two amazing women, Lydia Kinsey Hunt and Kim Deakins, hosted at their new tattoo space, Pink Goblin Tattoo. For you Athens scene folks, you probably already know, but it’s located in the Chase Street Warehouses. Lydia has been a long time friend of my husband, and has done some beautiful work for me; always with patience and excellency. I literally cannot recommend them enough. Kim just did the most beautiful tattoo on a friend of mine, a cover, and it’s gorgeous. The fundraiser benefits Project Safe, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence and women, children, or families in crisis:
WORKING TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THROUGH CRISIS INTERVENTION, ONGOING SUPPORTIVE SERVICES, SYSTEMS CHANGE ADVOCACY, AND PREVENTION AND EDUCATION IN THE COMMUNITY.
This event was important to me, partly because Lydia and Kim have created a safe space for people of all identities to be tattooed, which is pretty rad considering that for quite some time, this was a male-dominated industry, and not always in the best way. Seeing these talented and driven women break that barrier in my own town makes me proud of them and everyone that supports them. Likewise, my children and I have benefitted from the counselors at Project Safe - they took my situation seriously when, as can be typical, because it was uncomfortable or awkward, most people didn’t want to listen or deal with the issues I was facing. (Important note, this has nothing to do with my husband John, to be clear.)
I feel extremely grateful and oftentimes a little shocked that I have the privilege of living in this small Georgia town, in the Southeastern US, and have a haven of people, friends, artists, who really have huge hearts and want to help others. Small businesses all over town donated to the raffle, which is no small thing when considering a small business is probably struggling to make it as well. Also, so many thanks to Manila Express for bringing that gorgeous and delicious food truck - it was truly a highlight.
The love, positive energy, and open hearted friendships are so evident in these photographs - for that I take no credit; I was just there, and just happened to have a camera. Love these strong, talented, wise and compassionate women, and I love every opportunity I have to be in their company and space.
Be back soon with some extremely belated photographs of Wildwood 2018, and again, thank you so much to all of you who continue reading my words and supporting my work. I’ve been working a ton lately, and I have to say, I am glad I took a step back, but it feels really good to be back in the swing of it again. Love to y’all and happy holidays.