STILL NOT ASKING FOR IT FLASH EVENT

This Sunday the 9th of June is Still Not Asking For It flash event at Red Point Tattoo and we couldn’t be more excited!

There will be flash designs available by Claudia de Sabe, Rizza Boo, Cloditta, Virginia and myself.

Prices will range from £100-£200 and tattooing will be on a first come first served basis starting at 12pm and running through to 7pm.

We are raising money for Solace Women’s Aid and on top of tattoos, there‚Äôll be a charm designed by Bloody Mary Metal¬† and a zine by all the artists involved!

See you on Sunday !

 

RED POINT: NEW LONDON HOME

Very excited to announce that, starting May 27th ,I will be working from  Red Point Tattoo in London.

Red Point Tattoo is founded by Claudia De Sabe, Teide and Yutaro (aka Warriorism), three fantastic  artists whose work I admire immensely, and I can not wait to join the team!

Find me there every Monday and Tuesday (and the odd Sunday, by appointment only) over the summer the months.

For info and appointments please email me at inmatattooartist@gmail.com

LADIES LADIES SHOW IN NEW YORK

Very happy to have a piece on the upcoming LADIES LADIES show coming up at MF gallery in New York. ‚ÄúBringing ¬†together female tattoo artists from different parts of the world, with different styles and backgrounds to offer a representation of what the contemporary tattoo industry has to offer.‚ÄĚBe sure not to miss the opening reception September 15th if you are local! Thank you crators Miss Elvia and Martina for including me. You can learn more about the show on their website¬†http://www.wix.com/ladiesladies/artshow

 Thank for looking!

THE ESOTERIC SIDE OF ABORIGINAL CULTURE

After some further travel across the Australian continent, I am happy to have a new contribution for the fantastic New Acropolis bi-monthly magazine. Following¬† my previous article about¬† Aboriginal Culture and it’s relationship to the land, the Esoteric side of Aboriginal culture goes a bit more in depth into the esoteric practises of this fascinating culture. For those interested in the subject I reproduce the article below or¬† better yet you can download a full copy of the magazine¬†Bi_monthly_Issue 24. Thanks for looking!

The Esoteric side of Aboriginal Culture

The Australian Aboriginal is a race so ancient that it is reputed to be a descendant of the Gods. Their pre-neolithic culture was alive, intact and undisturbed until merely two hundred years ago. Their mode of perception, in which all of the world is alive with spirit, is imprinted on their language and culture.

The Aborigines claim the physical world is connected to a metaphysical dimension which exists beyond the speed of light. This place is not somewhere in space, it is all around us and it requires only the proper frequency of vibration to be contacted at any given time. This is where the ancestral beings of the Dreamtime reside. The wise men of the tribe, known for their powers in extra-sensory perception and control of the mind, can make contact between the two worlds a regular practice.

Aboriginal cosmology reveals how the first spiritual substance, known as Baiame, composed all physical matter through thought power. It was this supreme intelligence that gave the Aborigines their social and religious laws and instituted the initiation rites. These laws, adopted for optimum living here on earth and in the next life beyond the physical, are shared by all initiated Aborigines regardless of the tribe to which they belong.

Initiated men and women are part of the mainstream of Aboriginal society and culture, despite their absorption in the metaphysical world. It is through them that the community maintains its connections with the powers that created the world and continue to sustain it.

The ceremonies of enlightenment vary somewhat between the different tribes but always take the initiate into the deepest mysteries of conviction and faith.

Where men are concerned the initiation is quite lengthy and very harsh, including circumcision, removal of teeth or some alternative mutilation. A ritual death must be experienced, during which electromagnetic energy is largely withdrawn from the physical body and converted into energies with a velocity greater than the speed of light. Having lost their physical properties and gained the characteristics of the spiritual dimension, a direct link is forged between the wise men and the ancestral beings of the Dreamtime.

It is during this near death experience that the wise men establish their powers. Healing, divining, practising hypnotism, telepathy, telaesthesia, clairvoyance, holding seances and visiting the sky are among their many abilities.

Women initiates have their own ritualistic ceremonies. Their responsibilities include the harmonising of emotions, love, magic, maintaining social and cultural harmony, caring for children and the land, and food gathering. Many of the Dreamtime stories initiate young men into the hidden powers of the feminine. However, it is only after men have obtained the highest degree of male initiation that they become eligible for initiation into women’s law.

In Aboriginal culture, the feminine intuitive mode of knowledge and decision making is valued above the external, rational, male reasoning, as demonstrated through the importance placed on dreams and the psychic and spiritual world. Studying the ramifications and possibilities of the mind in the psychic sphere has been essential for the continuous development and progress of culture.

As a result of Christianity’s assault on ancient traditions, we in the West have amputated this level of experimental approach from our consciousness. Our freedom of thought, the most powerful force in the universe and the answer to all future progression, has been inhibited.

 

The potential to become a force for change resides within us all. With more and more people rejecting the materialistic and individualistic allure of Western culture, we might yet see the practice of indigenous principles re-established. And with it, a sane and responsible relationship between humankind and the rest of creation regained.

Inma Alted                                           

ABORIGINAL CULTURE AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO THE LAND

While I was away on my travels and able to immerse myself in the amazing country that Australia is, I had the pleasure of writing an article about Aboriginal culture and its relationship to the land for the wonderful New Acropolis bi-monthly magazine. For those interested in the subject I transcript the article below or  better yet you can download a full copy of the magazine NA_MAGAZINE-_issue-23. I hope you will enjoy it!

 

Aboriginal Culture and its Relationship to the Land

Aboriginal Australians are the most ancient continuous civilization on Earth. Their ancestors, who first arrived on the the continent about 70,000 years ago, were the first humans to cross an ocean. Split into hundreds of social groups each with its own tribal territory and dialect, a cumulative population of 1.6 billion people has been estimated to have lived in Australia supported by the land prior to British colonization.

Aborigine culture developed in the context of a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle. They maintained the tradition of wandering long after most people of the world had settled down to the sedentary life of farm, village or town.

Their wide practical knowledge, accumulated over thousands of years of experiment and observation, enabled them to harvest food without exhausting effort. The frequency with which they moved camp and the exact timing of their movements reflected their understanding of climate, winds, marine life, insect life, the maturing of plants and the habits of wild animals. Their knowledge of the land and all that grew from it was supplemented by a spiritual belief that the earth would not continue to be productive unless they obeyed its rules and its deities. One of the aims of their religious ceremonies and many of their taboos was to maintain the fertility of the land and its creatures.

The Aborigine religio-cultural worldview, relevant to generations both past and present, pivots on the Dreamtime, the ever-present moment of creation. It explains how in the beginning Ancestor Beings travelled through the land shaping the animals, plants, rocks and other forms of the country that we know today. Eventually they settled in a place that was important to them where they still inhabit the land. These are the sacred places of Aborigine culture and have special properties. Because the Ancestors did not disappear at the end of the Dreaming, but remained in these sacred sites, the Dreaming is never-ending, linking the past and the present, the people and the land.

By virtue of birth there is a spiritual link between a person and a specific site or a part of the country. Dreaming stories pass on very important knowledge to later generations. Through ceremonial song, dance, painting, carving and storytelling, Aborigines have maintained a link with the Dreaming from ancient times to today. Their spiritual and cultural connection to the land obliges Aborigines to look after cultural sites which are living museums of their ancestors and include dreaming sites, archeological sites, water holes and burial grounds.

It has been with difficulty that Western society recognized the kind of abundance and autonomy in which aboriginal Australians had lived prior to British colonization. We often value the material success of ancient empires by their surviving monuments and the remains of their temples and city walls. Accumulation of property is, in our eyes, a sign of success.

Having long lost sight of the unchanging unity of life which underlies the multiplicity of creation, the whole planet is now faced with the effects of the destruction that capitalism and colonialism have caused to our earth: global warming, widespread health problems, education and social issues, ill governance, to name just a few.

Regardless of the oppression of colonialism and attempted genocide of their society, Aborigines have been able to identify with, value and pass on their culture, adapting and persisting through the struggle.

It is time we realized there is much we can learn from a society as successful as the aboriginal Australian if we are to regain the ideal pattern of life we have forgotten. After all, theirs is a knowledge that, through over 70,000 years of compiling and refining, has the greatest potential to sustain human life on this planet.

Inma Alted