Dear Bamboo Girl Readers & Friends,

There are now 36 women participating in the exhibit, and growing! Below is the official preliminary press release. Please circulate it and tell your friends! And if you know of any tattooed API ladies, please encourage them to join the project!

One in ink,
Sabrina Margarita
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"Pintadas: An Exhibit of Tattooed Asian Pacific Islander Women"
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Arena Studios
407 Broome Street
(between Centre & Lafayette)
Bell 7A, 7th Floor
212.447.0603 / www.arenanyc.com
F train to Broadway/Lafayette

The exhibit is entitled, "Pintadas: An Exhibit of Tattooed Asian Pacific Islander Women". The name pintados comes from the name the Spanish gave the inhabitants of Panay Island of the Philippines because of their tattooed bodies, and the word pintadas marks the female aspect.

In this spirit, the evening will include a photography exhibit of tattooed API women from both the West & East Coast (& Canada!), as well as a live mic portion where some of the participants will relate the stories behind their tattoos & their identity. This exhibit is an unprecedented event. In addition, there will be luscious wine & chocolates served throughout the evening!

This exhibit is being held in the gallery space of Leda & Carrie of Arena Studios*. Leda is a legendary performance artist, co-founder of Black & Blue Ball, dominatrix, and fellow tattooed Filipina. Both have been involved in the BD/SM scene for over 13 years. I thank Leda & Carrie for offering their gorgeous space, and I'm happy to be showcasing our art there!

All proceeds will go towards the printing of the next issue of Bamboo Girl Zine, #12, dubbed "The Tattoo Issue". It also marks the 10th Anniversary of Bamboo Girl, the zine that confronts racism, sexism, & homophobia from the Filipina/API/Asian mutt feminist point of view! Come support the work and enjoy the art, chocolates, & wine!

Please spread the word! Thanks!

Sabrina Margarita
Editress, Bamboo Girl

* Viewings are by apointment only, April 16th – April 30th.


I'll be speaking at the College of St. Rose, University of Michigan, and UC-Santa Barbara in the next few weeks on issues ranging from women of color, API/Filipina, feminist, queer, to publishing BG. If you're in the Albany, Ann Arbor, & Santa Barbara areas, come join me!:

College of St. Rose
Albany, NY
Campus Theater (off N. Main & Madison)
February 28, 2005
Free to the public
For more information, call 485-3647
Presented by The College of St. Rose Women's Studies Program & English Club

University of Michigan's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Kick-Off Event!!
w/ special guest, MARGARITA ALCANTARA-TAN!, keynote speaker 
Date: Monday March 7, 2005
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Michigan Union | Pendleton
Cost: Free!
Website: http://www.umich.edu/~apahm
Sponsor/Contact Information:
Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
Office of LGBT Affairs
William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center
Trotter Advisory Council
United Asian American Organizations
APA Heritage Month Committee

University of California-Santa Barbara
w/ special guest, MARGARITA ALCANTARA-TAN!, keynote speaker 
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2005
Details TBA