RICHMOND – The Gay Community Center of Richmond is organizing a show in their Gallery to showcase the tattoos of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The show is called “Inked Pride” and will be held in conjunction with Gay Pride Virginia on September 26th.
“We’re asking lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals with tattoos to submit photographs of their tattoos along with their story about why they got the tattoo and what it means to them,” said Gregg Johnson, who is coordinating the show. “We hope the stories behind the tattoos will be a unique glimpse into gay life. We’re particularly interested in pictures of tattoos that relate to gay life, gay relationships and gay pride.”
LGBT people can send pictures of their tattoos to email@example.com or upload them to the “inked Pride” event page on the Gay Community Center of Richmond’s Facebook page.
Johnson is asking people who submit pictures of their tattoos to include a brief description of the tattoo and what it means or what story it tells. The Gay Community Center will select photographs to be enlarged and displayed in the Gay Community Center Gallery along with descriptions of the tattoos and their meaning.
“Tattoos are an art form, and also a permanent outward expression of a person’s identity. We’re hoping to get a huge variety of tattoos, from the very tiny to ones that cover an entire arm or torso.” Johnson continues. “We hope the stories behind the tattoos will be fascinating and just as interesting as the artwork.”
The people who submit photographs and are displayed in the show will not be identified except by first name, age, and locality.
The show will open in late September and be displayed in the GCCR Gallery through the end of October.
The GCCR Gallery is part of the non-profit Gay Community Center of Richmond, located on Sherwood Avenue in Richmond’s Northside. Gay Pride Virginia will be held at the Gay Community Center of Richmond on September 26th, 2009.