Pippi Longstocking (1997)
Darnell Waine is so fucking talented at tattooing and is so humble & sweet plus he’s such a babe ꒰♡ˊ͈ ु꒳ ूˋ͈꒱. I felt the need to make an appreciation post because there isn’t enough out there for him.
!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCKYEAHBLACK TATTOO ARTISTS!!!!!!!
And they don’t even think about it. Don’t talk too loud, don’t make too many requests, don’t complain too forcefully about shitty service, put up with weird ass slightly racial compliments. And sometimes we joke about it like “lol! Better not do (normal human thing) cuz then people might think we’re uncivilized niggers” but it’s a painful constricting way to live. And not a type of way of living that non-Black people will understand
Hometown: Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Place on College Hill: The Other Black community, the queers, queer women of color, women of color, RIUDL, TNT, and rugby
Art Aspirations: To get an MFA and to create art in a professional, life sustaining way because art sustains life, and life sustains art.
Lorin was introduced to art by her grandfather who was a wonderful painter, an art teacher, and a school counselor. When he would come visit her in Ohio they would sit together and draw houses. As a child Lorin felt isolated, as if nobody else was like her, and she found solace in the knowledge that other artists were like her. Lorin hates when people say they are ‘an artist’ because she wants them to be more specific about what kind of art they do. She loves the idea of being a creator given that before three weeks ago, when Lorin exhibited her work in a show on campus, she wouldn’t have referred to herself as an artist because she creates types of art that do not fall under the purview of ‘fine art.’ Lorin identifies herself as a print-maker, but also writes a lot of poetry that she shares with absolutely no one. She also loves sculpture and ceramics, does a lot of crafty things, and can be quoted as saying, “Fuck people who say crafts aren’t fine art cause fine art is also this really classist concept where like, you have time and money to create this like, bourgeois ass silver sculpture. Your grandmama’s quilt is also art. That’s also fine art.” She firmly believes that all art requires craftsmanship.
Lorin likes to create ideas also and loves to teach, talk, and create connections and community. Her creation process is very much connected to what is around her, her interactions with other people, her personal background, and her interpretation of the world and how it has been distorted/changed. This was evident in the prints that she showed me during our interview, which included images of her mother and repeated lines of text that read: “BLACK MOTHERHOOD IS SUPREME.” Lorin creates physical art and enjoys having a product of her labor that she can hold, touch, and look at. When she first came to Brown, Lorin originally wanted to be a visual arts (VISA) concentrator, but her mother informed Lorin that she didn’t send her to Brown to draw pictures, so she switched concentrations. Nevertheless, Lorin continues to take VISA courses, to go to visual art shows, and to spend time with other people who also create varying kinds of art. For her, to create means that she is kind to herself. Lorin loves producing physical works that are self-inspired because it allows her to value herself and reiterates that the things she thinks are worth existing outside of her head.
According to Lorin art is: “whatever you want it to be, which is such a cop out. Art is expressions of self, creativity, experiences. Art is—it just is, it is everything, it is all, it is nothing. Existentialism. Art for me is a form of resistance because it’s very much dictated, well sometimes it’s not, dictated by what you want, but art is a form of resistance and has been for a long time because you get to show interpretations of whatever you can. And sometimes you’re forced to create certain things, forced in the context of doing class assignments and forced in the context of making prints that are propaganda for political motivations—thinking specifically of WWI and WWII, because those people were artists. Art is used as a tool to send a message; what that message is you determine. Art is empowering or is empowerment or it can be, not always. I don’t want to make blanket statements, but like, existentialism.”
i have great friends ^_^
such amazing friends