Tattoodo | office | Trans Tattooist Trash Baby Talks Transformation

Tattoodo | office | Trans Tattooist Trash Baby Talks Transformation


Hi. *Burp* I’m Moody Rose a.k.a. Trash Baby
a.k.a. Silk Blankets a.k.a. Your New Stepmom and I’m a tattooer from Vancouver. I got into tattooing
when I was like 14 years old and I just was, like, steady educating myself
about everything that I could possibly learn and trying really hard to find an apprenticeship…
… Very traditional. And then when I finally did an apprenticeship
it was nothing except, like, gay bashing, racism
and just like a litany of other bullshit. I had a really fragile identity of myself
before I was, like, queer and had a good like
understanding of my own personal identity. So, it became a ritual of just pain
and trial and tribulation and it helped me understand
that I wasn’t made of glass. It helped me be present with my body
and it just canceled out a lot of noise. Me being queer is…
it’s a constant, you know, it’s an update of yourself,
it’s a constant check-in, it’s a constant identity that you’re, like,
deconstructing and reconstructing. So, when I’m tattooing people
I want them to be present with themselves. I want it to be something transformative. It’s a really powerful experience
especially because the density of my tattoos kind of make them look like armor. Tattooing means a fucking lot to me. I want to learn it as best I can so I can
push it to the farthest reaches. So, that way, when I walk away from this industry
I’ll have done something with it that I can stand by and be like it wasn’t here when I found it this way
and this is how I chose to leave it. Tattooing is like deeply political
because you’re dealing with people’s bodies and everyone’s body whether it’s
their race, their gender, their religion, their own just personal experience
that’s political. So, I’m engaging in the politics of just bodies.
So, if I can just like have a conversation with them and just be, like, engaged
and answering things honestly and talking honestly and if that enacts them to make a radical change,
I think that’s great. Tattoos that I did today: did a big ass tramp stamp.
It had “cunt” in it, which is pretty funny and then I made a cop being shot
on the back of someone’s head. Just like huge… and I hope that
by making that for them they feel strongly enough to wear that
courageously because I think
it’s courageous to have that tattoo.

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