Save Our Skins 2018


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A little bit of context

It's healthy and safe to get a tattoo in the community. It should be the same in prison.

But there’s a problem

Tattooing is banned in Canadian prisons. This means that anyone who gets caught tattooing can get charged and/or punished in other ways. Banning this practice has never worked to stop people from tattooing inside prisons, it has only driven it underground.

People in prison end up making their own tattooing equipment, and since tools and materials can be hard to come by inside, it is impossible to have clean equipment. This raises the risks of transmission of HIV, HCV and other skin and blood-borne infections.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

We are advocating for safer tattooing inside prisons in Canada at a systemic and institutional level. We also distribute safer tattooing and piercing pamphlets and print articles about how to tattoo as safely as possible in our newspaper, Cell Count, which reaches between 1500 - 2000 prisoners across Canada.

You can join us

Either get a tattoo with one of our amazing participating artists or studios between May 1st - 15th, 2018* or make a donation to us right through this website!

Check out our list of artists here:

*Ink and Water studio is donating partial proceeds to PASAN for the entire month of May.

And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us that you can’t live without

- $20 or more: a charitable receipt that you can declare on your tax return!

- $25 or more: a free ticket to the Save Our Skins 2018 dance party on May 17th at Buddies in Badtimes Theatre and a copy of Cell Count mailed to you*

*While supplies last. Email with your full name and a mailing address once you've made your donation of $25 or more to arrange for your free ticket and a copy of Cell Count.

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Janet Rowe