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Two exciting charity exhibitions are opening soon, offering an opportunity to score artwork from your favorite tattooers for a good cause.

The "Beware of the Thing! exhibition opens tomorrow, February 26th from 7 to 11pm, at the Neon Parlour, in Thornbury, Melbourne, Australia. It's a super-cool show of tattooed silicone hands and sheets (shown above) created for the exhibit by over 30 stellar tattoo artists in Australia and throughout the world. Those artists include Sasha Unisex, Apro Lee, Grace Neutral and Australia's own Terry James, Fabz, Mimsy, Matt Deverson, and many more.

All profits from the auctioning of the artworks will go to Safesteps and WIRE, two Melbourne based organizations dedicated to providing support to women and children experiencing domestic violence. The exhibit, which is presented by The 4th Wall, Inked and Things & Ink magazines, also offers attendees of the opening a chance to tattoo Thing hands and also win them.

Can't make it to Melbourne? Well, you can bid on the tattooed artwork on eBay. Right now, the silicon sheets are up online and the hands go up for bid tomorrow.

For more info, Check, on Instagram @thinggallery, and on Facebook.

In Brooklyn, NYC, the 2nd Annual Warriors Fund Art Show and Auction opens March 11th, 7pm, at tattoo studio Eight of Swords. In its second year, the event benefits the students of the Wounded Knee District School (WKDS). As noted on the Warrior's Fund site, WKDS serves 134 K-8 students on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. WKDS, like most schools on reservations across the country, is geographically isolated, contends with a severe lack of funding, and has one of the highest drop-out rates in the nation.  
The charity exhibit will showcase original artwork from nearly fifty top tattooers, including New York City veterans like Timothy Hoyer, Virginia Elwood, and Stephanie Tamez. Work from Cheyenne Randall, a native artist who has gained popularity in recent years with his "shopped tattoo" photographs under the name @IndianGiver, will also be featured, as well as Wounded Knee Skateboards, a group that was instrumental in building a skate park on Pine Ridge, and raises awareness through artwork and skate decks.

Last year, the Warriors Fund raised $10,000 to support the WKDS; specifically, to fund training for suicide prevention counselors and its food pantry. [With only a single convenience store on the reservation and the nearest grocery store a staggering 70 miles away, Principal Alice Phelps took matters into her own hands and started a food pantry that she runs out of the school for families that are the most in need. And that is what the Warriors Fund aims to keep stocked.]
The Warriors Fund is organized by our friend Patrick Sullivan, along with tattooers Dave C. Wallin and Betty Rose of Eight of Swords. [Betty is also the creator of, an online community spotlighting women in the tattoo industry.]

For more info, visit and Instagram @warriorsfund.

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ladies ladies art show.jpgLara Scotton art.jpgArtwork by Rose Hardy (top) and Lara Scotton.

At a time where women tattooers are so often featured for their bodies, rather their their body of work, it is exciting to share news of events and projects in which talent prevails.

Celebrating the fine art of female tattooers, the wonderful Ladies, Ladies Art Show [site has sound] will kick off its third year, next week, Thursday, May 15th, from 7-11PM at the Eights of Swords Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC.

Curated by Staten Island-based tattooers, Elvia Iannaccone-Gezlev (Miss Elvia) who works at Masterpiece Tattoo, and Magie Serpica, co-owner of Milk & Honey Tattoo, Ladies, Ladies showcases the work of established and emerging female tattooers from around the world. Here's more from Elvia and Magie on the show: 

With all the interest on television about tattooing these days, Ladies, Ladies, is an exhibition of the serious, albeit sometimes playful, side of what it takes to be a talented artist in the industry. Each of the over 60 artists who are participating have created original pieces of art to display for the event. While some of the artists may be familiar names in the world of tattooing, other participants are just breaking onto the scene. Ladies, Ladies is a means of representing the progress made by female artists in the male dominated field of tattooing, and paying respect to those who have paved the way.
Included in this year's international line-up are: Rose Hardy, Stephanie Tamez, Pat Sinatra, Holly Ellis, Miss Arianna, Kit King, Drew Linden, Betty Rose, Karen Glass, Emma Griffths, Anna Melo, Debra Yarian, Lara Scotton, Miss Marshall, Dana Melissa Dixon, and so many more.

All of the pieces on view will be available for purchase the night of the event, and the duration of the exhibition. The show will be on view through July 6, 2014.

Eight of Swords is located at 115 Grand Street, Brooklyn NY 11249. For more info, you can contact Miss Elvia or Magie at, or visit their site and Facebook event page.

Hope to see ya there!

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