Tattoo You

Here’s your chance to prove how much your city really means to you.

Here’s your chance to prove how much your city really means to you, Cincinnatians. CincyInk is offering free tattoos to those eager for a permanent mark of city pride. The project, organized by ArtWorks, started in September, encouraging locals to “ink their love” on postcards at MidPoint Music Festival and fellow hipster spots throughout the city. Those postcards will serve as inspiration for a roughly 1,000-word poem—a love letter to the city—written by more than 20 different poets from Northside’s Chase Public, an art and poetry collaborative. Words, lines, and phrases from the composition will be divvied up and etched onto resident flesh by local tattoo artists. ArtWorks plans to unveil the poem in February and commence inking in spring, followed by an accompanying photo and video project slated for release this summer.

If you want to secure some decent prose, you’ll have to hurry—more than 150 people have already signed up, poem unseen, for an estimated 200 spots. “There are people of all ages, all neighborhoods,” says Christine Carli, director of communications for ArtWorks. “Many have never had a tattoo before.” Volunteers can guarantee a tat and first dibs on word choice if they’re willing to pony up a $1,500 donation to the project—a small price to pay to avoid getting stuck with and or but.


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