WICKER PARK — A Wicker Park church is teaming up with tattoo artists in Logan Square to offer affordable ink and a day of discussion about tattoos and inclusion.
From noon-8 p.m. Saturday at Animal Farm Tattoo, 2455 W. Armitage Ave., tattoo artists will offer $60 LGBTQIA+, Christmas- and church-themed flash tattoos.
During the event, congregants of Urban Village Church will share stories about their own tattoos, discussing the emotional and spiritual meanings behind their ink.
Dubbed “Tattoo Testimonies,” the event celebrates the values of Urban Village Church, pastor Hannah Kardon said.
“LGBTQ inclusion and anti-racism are essential to our church’s core value of inclusion,” Kardon said. “God made everyone, we value everyone. … Without every kind of person, we would miss out on the fullness of who God has invited us to be.”
In preparation for the event, many church members — who already have tattoos, themselves — specifically asked to include LGBTQIA+ content in the flash tattoo offerings.
“In a world where homophobia and transphobia are rampant, especially in the church world, it’s a powerful reclamation for us to put rainbow crosses on our bodies and publicly declare what we know to be true — that queerness is a gift from God, and something Jesus calls us to celebrate,” she said.
All proceeds from tattoo sales will go to the artists, who are people of color, Kardon added.
Those not ready to make the commitment to a real tattoo can still come and get a temporary tattoo. Food and drinks will be provided, as well.
Artists will do tattoos by appointment. Sign up here.
For more information about the event, contact Juan Pablo Herrera via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This movement began in 1984 in opposition to discrimination in The United Methodist Church. Today, there are more than 1,000 “Reconciling” church groups aimed at including the LGBTQ communities.
Sunday morning worship service at Urban Village Church often includes testimonies, in which people share the truth of their lives and where they do and don’t find God in them.
That’s why it felt like a “natural extension” to bring tattoo testimonies into the community with Saturday’s event, Kardon said.
Founded nine years ago, the Wicker Park chapter of Urban Village Church gathers at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St.
The South Loop chapter meets 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave.
The Hyde Park-Woodlawn chapter meets 10:30 a.m. Sundays at Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St.
The Edgewater chapter meets 10:30 a.m. at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway.
Learn more about Urban Village Church’s mission and beliefs here.
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