Tattoo Circus Helsinki collective has decided to postpone Tattoo Circus Helsinki 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are looking into possibilities to arrange the event in autumn. You are still invited to the event whenever it will take place and we will get back to you when we have more information.
A near-global pandemic is now evident. However, how fast and aggressive the outbreak will be, will affect how many people in critical condition will be getting the crucial medical attention. As a collective we encourage everyone to take care and act responsibly by taking measures to slow down the spreading of the epidemy. Flattening the curve” in this context means that the large number of future infections will be distributed along a longer time period, so that all those in critical condition and need of hospitalcare can hopefully get the necessary treatment within limited healthcare resources. Members of capitalist elite who disregard these statictics and put breaks on serious responses to this health crisis, are doing so to protect profits over people’s lives.
How everyone can impact the spread of the disease is to avoid crowds and gatherings and support each other from a distance: especially those left without basic income in this crisis and those who risk losing their lives if they get infected.
Those whose work in the medical field, care-giving jobs, food supply chain and basic infrastructure, need safe and non-crowded travel options to get to their workplaces. For this, it is especially important to sustain but not to crowd public transport, and save it for those who need it for others’ or their own wellbeing. Cycling, walking and strolling in nature is a good option for those who need to spend time outside of home to stay mentally together.
This is our ’absence is caring’ call-out on COVID19 and basic solidarity with the elderly, sick people, the homeless, refugees in camps and prisoners, that have a high risk of getting exposed to the infection and who most likely will get the least support when in need. Obviously our demands are to abolish all prisons and to open the borders.
We want to encourage everybody to focus on mutual aid work and to take this moment to reflect on how the responses to this crisis, widely displayed by the capitalist elite and governments looks and how it will affect the societies ‘under’ them. Besides a severe death toll, we are certain that this will have an aftermath of an extreme economic crisis, that will (again) be affecting already marginalized groups of people the most and might be instrumentalized for just another jump to the extreme right. We assume that many governments are preparing counter-insurgency measures, as we speak. The time to organise is far from a hiatus. It’s time for our solidarity to become more practical on all levels, time for an anarchist approach.
Take care.
Tattoo Circus Helsinki collective

Artists 2020!

Time to announce an amazing line-up of tattoo artists joining us once again! 🖤🖤🖤

HALEY LYKANTROPIA (Helsinki)
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TALI BAAL (Helsinki)
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ROOTS-n-WINGS (Berlin)
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ZARINA POND (Kiev)
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Max Spoljaric (Helsinki)
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Vega Hägglund (Helsinki)
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Jyly Venzel (Moscow)
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🔥🔥🔥And we gonna have piercer this year, yay!🔥🔥🔥

Laila Pied de Biche (Brussels)
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Note that not all artists do customs, while some might be happy to create custom works at request (and charge some 💸 for that worktime). And please keep in mind that each tattoo session should preferably be maximum 3 hours long, to give space for as many people as possible to get tattooed:)

WELCOME TO TATTOO CIRCUS 2020

8.-10.5.2020 @Oranssi, Suvilahti

What is Tattoo Circus? 

Tattoo Circus is an annual, 3-day-long tattoo convention and solidarity event.

All profits from tattoos and other fundraisings go directly to anti-repression work and supporting political prisoners.

Every year, Tattoo Circus Helsinki gathers an amazing and talented line-up of tattoo artists, from near and far, to contribute their time, work and skills to this cause. In addition, this event is made possible with the generous help and contributions from many other artists, performers, collectives and other crew.

The Prison-Industrial Complex deals with isolation but it is not isolated.

The Prison-Industrial Complex is connected to and thrives off racism, colonial exploitation, militarisation, patriarchy and capitalism.

Tattoo Circus Helsinki is not a single-issue struggle. We are a radical community event seeking to inspire and provide space for organising against repression and prison culture in all its forms.

It is our hope that Tattoo Circus Helsinki can be a space for learning, coming together and strenthgening a culture of solidarity, diversity, mutual-aid, trust and liberatory practices.

In Tattoo Circus Helsinki you can:

  • be tattooed by amazing artists (TBA soon)
  • enjoy performaces and other program
  • find books and zines from local distros
  • write letters to political prisoners
  • hear talks about anti-repression struggles
  • get updates on solidarity campaigns
  • help out by joining the volunteer crew

Welcome!

Against prisons – towards a more accountable future

 

ADDRESS: ORANSSI,
KAASUTEHTAANKATU 1, BUILDING #11

Time to announce our Guest Tattoo Artists of the year! Hooray!

We are beyond happy to have such an amazing line-up of tattoo artists joining us once again! We missed the old faces and can’t wait to meet the new ones.

Check out the supacool artists of Helsinki Tattoo Circus 2019 below and on the artists’ pages! 🐒📯

Reservation books are also now open. So you, dear soli-customer, are officially allowed to email/ DM /smoke signal the artists about available times and tattoo requests…

TANYA ANTI (HKI)
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email: tattooanti@gmail.com

SHIFTY NEWTON (Stockholm) [PERUTTU / CANCELLED]
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email: shiftynewton@gmail.com

HALEY LYKANTROPIA (Helsinki) [PERUTTU / CANCELLED]
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email: haley.lykantropia@gmail.com

KUUTTI KIPERÄ (Tampere)
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email: kuutti.kipera@gmail.com

MIEZWARS (Leipzig) [VARAUKSET TÄYNNÄ / FULLY BOOKED]
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email: miezwars@web.de

TALI BAAL (Helsinki)
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email: tali_baal@outlook.com

ROOTS-n-WINGS (Berlin) [VARAUKSET TÄYNNÄ / FULLY BOOKED]
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email: rootsandwings@riseup.net

ZARINA POND (Kiev)
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email: zarina.jes@gmail.com

Note that not all artists do customs, while some might be happy to create custom works at request (and charge some 💸 for that worktime). And please keep in mind that each tattoo session should preferably be maximum 3 hours long, to give space for as many people as possible to get tattooed:)

 

Hurraa! On aika julkistaa vuoden 2019 tatuoijat!
Vanhoja tuttuja oli jo ikävä, ja uusien tapaamista odotellaan suurella innolla. Tämän(kin) vuoden kokoonpano on niin upea että itku tulee 😭💜

Täten varauskirjat ovat virallisesti auenneet, bäng! Nyt saa siis ihan luvan kanssa ottaa yhteyttä myös tatskaajiin, esittää tyhmiä ja viisaita kysymyksiä ja tiedustella vapaita aikoja.

Vapaita flasheja ja lisäinfoa tatuoijista julkaistaan pian ja nopealla syötöllä. Kannattaa siis pysyä kuulolla, ottaa viidakkopuhelin kauniiseen käteen ja kilauttaa kaverillekin! 🐒📯

Huom! Kaikki tatuoijat eivät tee custom-kuvia; silloin kannattaa kärkkyä vapaana olevia luonnoksia ja flasheja. Toiset taas piirtävät custom-kuvia mielellään (usein pientä korvausta vastaan). Otathan myös huomioon, että tatskan tekemisen ihanteellinen kesto on korkeintaan kolme tuntia: näin mahdollisimman moni innokas ehtii neulan alle 10.-12.5.

Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity: greetings and resources

A week has past from our small collective effort on Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity. Big thanks to all who participated in Helsinki or elsewhere!

Whether you took part in an event or on your own, or missed the date this year, 22 January is not the only day you can send supportive mail to political prisoners. Below are gathered some links to letter-writing resources: we hope you find them useful throughout the year.

Letter writing about to begin. 22 January 2019.

Transgender political prisoners listed in the campaign (currently only US prisoners):
https://transprisoners.wordpress.com/prisoners/

Under the Resources section you can also find links to a bunch of insightful projects and initiatives working towards prison-abolition and ending repression. As for writing guidelines, note that they are US-specific and other in other places policies might differ.

Excellent resource by Brighton Anarchist Black Cross on writing to prisoners, as well as other ways of supporting them. In addition to info about policies in the UK prisons, there are good general tips for getting started. You can also download and print the leaflet-version for your social space, distro or future events!

Note that in Russia, Belarus and many other countries, letters written in English might not get passed on to the prisoners. Generally this goes for many places where English is not widely understood, since the prison staff cannot scan the content.

Other political prisoner lists:

List by Brighton ABC:
https://www.brightonabc.org.uk/prisoners

Earth First! Prisoner Support Project is on eco-prisoners, caged animal liberationists and prisoners of indigenous land struggles, who share an Earth First! bio-centric viewpoint, either in the actions which led to their arrest or in their general activism. In addition, Earth First maintains a list for political prisoners of allied struggles.

Resources and both prisoner lists can be found in https://earthfirstjournal.org/prisoners

Eule (“Owl”)

In fall 2018, after months in custody, Eule was sentenced with 9 months of imprisonment without parole for accused actions in the Hambach forest occupation. ”Owl” refused to identify themselves in custody and court, and is thus referred to by court as Unbekannte Person Aachen 8 or UP III.

You can write Eule in English or German. Pamphlets, zines, magazines and xerox copies are allowed, too. Books can be photocopied and sent as individual sheets of paper; also “installments” of cut-out pages from books are okay. Document and index everything that you send and include dates both for your records and in the correspondence.

Address to write to Eule:

unbekannte Person Aachen 8
JVA Köln,
Rochusstraße 350,
50827 Köln
Deutchland

[This post lifted from PinkkiMusta blog, thank you!]