2nd Annual SNAFI Fundraising Event
Starting in 2015, in Brooklyn, New York, the very first “Still Not Asking For It” flash tattoo fundraiser was born by Ashley Love. The original host of the event was the esteemed shop Allied Tattoo. Since then, each year, “tattoo shops and studios all over the globe rally together. SNAFI® is a group of artists and advocates who have united in an effort to promote a safer standard of practice within the tattoo community. SNAFI® organizes an annual tattoo flash fundraiser which raises money for local organizations focused on supporting survivors of sexual violence and work towards prevention of SV” (stillnotaskingforit.gives).
Everyone knows someone, whether it be you, a friend, an acquaintance, a family member, or someone in your chosen family, who has received abuse and violence in their lifetime. The tattoo community is changing and evolving every day, with artists and clients utilizing social media to call out abusers in our industry around the world. We refuse to idly stand by and allow for mistreatment to continue to manifest in our industry. We are leading by example in our local community, demonstrating that we are here for you and we care by bringing real allies together in a united front. Anatomy Tattoo is striving to create and embrace a supportive and healing community in an industry that has been quiet for too long.
It wasn’t until 2018 that SNAFI® became a global event. All of the generous artists involved continue to expand its reach each year. Since the start of SNAFI®, Ashley and her partner Jessica Fisher have raised over $799,000.
This is Anatomy Tattoo’s second year participating in this important fundraiser and we couldn’t be more proud! In our previous year we raised a whopping $3,000 for Naya PDX, The Native American Youth and Family Center. Its mission is to eliminate “poverty, hunger, family violence, and homelessness. NAYA actively seeks new ideas and embraces thoughtful risks. NAYA is an urban center building strong partnerships and authentic relationships with tribes, organizations, communities of color, and our neighbors throughout the region” (nayapdx.org).
Our 2022 Still Not Asking For It flash tattoo fundraiser was held on June 4th this year with Artists: Tomma Mueller, Dev Reneé , Lucky Malony , and Victoria Varty who tattooed tirelessly from open to close. With additional donations from Jake Tong, Anne Morando, Kelsey Gallagher, Rio Chanel, and Anna Clarke who couldn’t make it to tattoo in the actual event but still donated. Thanks to the overwhelming love, hard work, and support from our community, we were together able to raise an astounding $4,800 for our chosen non-profit!
This year, we decided to donate our proceeds to The National Network of Abortion Funds which donates 100% of its proceeds to organizations that aid in the healing and justice of survivors. The NNAF cry to action is, Fund Abortion, Build Power! and they strive for “a reduction of shame and an increase in compassion for people as they navigate life. Reproductive coercion, burdens, and barriers to reproductive healthcare are all forms of violence.” We look forward to a day when abortion will become a shameless, judgment-free option, affordable, and accessible to all.
We chose The National Network of Abortion Funds specifically because they “build power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice” (stillnotaskingforit.gives). It is especially imperative that we support abortion rights when “so far this year, 2,025 total provisions related to sexual and reproductive health and rights have been introduced across 46 states and the District of Columbia. This includes both restrictions and proactive measures” (Guttmacher Institute, 2022).
In January, the beginning of state legislative sessions made it clear that anti-abortion policymakers’ continued pursuit of various types of abortion bans and restrictions on medication abortion is a main focus. We believe however that reproductive rights are an integral aspect of autonomy, “every person has the non-negotiable human right to determine whether, when, and how to create family. People deserve unrestricted access to the rights, information, and resources to care for themselves and their families” (stillnotaskingforit.gives).
We as a studio
Anatomy Tattoo is a proud, female-owned tattoo shop with some of the most incredible and versatile artists here in NE Portland. This is a safe space for anyone and everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, size, or physical abilities.
We pride ourselves on helping people reclaim their bodies by providing some of the best tattoos in town. Whether you have a detailed sketch or just a faint idea of what your next (or first) tattoo may be, we work tirelessly to make sure you end up with the art and the artist you desire.
Our clientele’s comfort and consent are the utmost important matter in our shop. We’ve adopted the Clients Bill of Rights written by Tamara Santibañez and K. Lenore Siner of disciplinepress.com, to make sure each and every person who steps foot in our facility is comfortable and has full autonomy over their bodies. We believe every shop should practice these policies when providing a service that will be with you forever. Whether you’re getting tattooed by us or not, you have rights and should always feel safe. We believe these policies are your birthright and that you have consent over your body. Your voice matters.
Clients Bill of Rights
- The right to a clean and comfortable environment that follows best practices for health and safety.
- The right to equal treatment and service regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, or health status
- The right to respectful communication, including the right to be addressed by your preferred name and correct pronouns, and the right to be in an environment free of hate speech or verbal harassment.
- The right to an artist technically and stylistically suited to your tattoo request, or a reference to someone who is.
- The right to ask clarifying questions about the tattoo process and technical decisions that go into a design or placement limitation, and to have them answered with patience and respect.
- The right to be asked for approval as to your final design, and regarding changes your artist may consider during your tattoo session.
- The right to be asked for consent about physical contact and touch needed to perform your tattoo, including the adjustment or removal of clothing.
- The right to request and be provided with provisions toward your personal privacy and comfort to the best ability of the artist and shop.
- The right to have your accessibility needs met to the extent that the shop and artist are able to provide them, or a referral to a shop or artist who can best meet those needs.
- The right to confidentiality around personal and private information, including the right to be asked for consent before photos of you are taken or posted.
- The right to self-advocacy: to speak up and be heard if anything during your session or in regards to your overall shop experience does not feel right.
Here at Anatomy Tattoo, we choose to listen, believe, and advocate for those who fear using their voice.
Nash, Cross, Dreweke, E. L. J. (2022, May 26). 2022 State Legislative Sessions: Abortion Bans and Restrictions on Medication Abortion Dominate. Guttmacher.Org. Retrieved June 17, 2022, from //www.guttmacher.org/article/2022/03/2022-state-legislative-sessions-abortion-bans-and-restrictions-medication-abortion
NAYA. (n.d.). VISION OF PORTLAND’S NATIVE COMMUNITY IN 50 YEARS. Native American Youth and Family Center. Retrieved June 17, 2022, from //nayapdx.org/
SNAFI®. (n.d.). Still Not Asking For It. Still Not Asking For It Gives. Retrieved June 17, 2022, from //www.stillnotaskingforit.gives/
Written and Researched By Joy Payne