The exhibit gallery opening is this Saturday, April 16th! There's been a major buzz going on about the exhibit, and it looks like there will be a good deal of folks checking it out this weekend. Please come and bring your friends!

"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
* Exhibit runs from April 16th through April 30th (by appointment only)
(Viewing begins on exhibit opening date April 16th, 7-10pm; after that date, please make an appointment for viewing, as the gallery is also a working dungeon)

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 of the 16th, will include a photography exhibit of tattooed API women from the West Coast to the East Coast, Canada, and in between, as well as a live mic portion:

* Ladies from the Pintadas exhibit will relate the stories behind their tattoos & their identity
* Surgeon Scofflaw aka Mistress Carmen Li, professional dominatrix, poet, performance artist, & fellow tattooed API lady, will be sharing some spoken word
* Bernard Runo of Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon Tribe will talk about the Tribe and show solidarity with his tattooed Asian sisters

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! I am also still looking for additional participants. Thanks!

Sabrina Margarita
Editress, Bamboo Girl