Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 30th 2015 Contents has raised from ink scratchers to tattoo
artists, and that people are serious about
Winfree, who has family still in T&T,
has been a tattoo artist for about ten
years and linked up with Trevor Alexan-
der from Inkworkx Tattoo Studio during
Carnival last year after striking up a con-
versation about Alexander's tattoos.
"As an apprentice I am still learning,
I will forever be still learning. But like
Chee said, you've got to put your own
into it, and I feel like Trinidad is doing
that. It's there, you guys have the foun-
dation already. I feel like the aesthetic
is there but there needs to be more
Trinidad character in the work."
"I would really like to see us be more
proud of ourselves and have that reflected
and that is how I contribute to society,"
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Inked N Proud hosted its sec-
ond tattoo event for 2015 on
August 2, at the Center of Excel-
Inked N Proud, run by
Dominic Jaglal, has as a core mis-
sion to establish professional
standards for tattoos, piercings
and body art in T&T and increase
exposure for the local artists
locally and internationally.
Throughout the day into
evening, tattoo, mehindi, piercing,
airbrush and other body artists
met and worked on a steady
stream of patrons.
Travelling tattoo artist Uriel
Winfree, based in Bedford-
Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York,
officiated the judging of several
tattooing competition categories
along with T&T's 20-year veteran
Darren Cheewah and commented
on the potential he had witnessed
over his time spent at Inked N
"Trinidad has a lot of potential
but you need to be original.
You've got a lot culture and it
has the makings to be great as a
tattoo industry. There could be
a category such as Trinidad tra-
ditional tattooing,'" stressed Win-
Cheewah concurred. "We have
a lot to be proud of. The aesthetic
of our culture has to be inter-
preted in both 2D and 3D forms.
So if you're doing line or tribal
work, the same way I did the
mural for Renegades Panyard I
expect to have some of our
stylised creations out there.
"I would like to see moko
jumbies, the pan, chaconia, hibis-
cus---we have one of the largest
variety of tropical flowers right
here in Trinidad. These are things
that represent us. It is not only
unique and indigenous, we could
really make it original. I have
decided in my tattoo work to only
do original pieces, no stencil rep-
etition, and that's what separates
me and should separate Trinidad
from other artists."
Both men commented on
some of their favourites both in
and out of the Inked N Proud
competition including Trevor
Alexander of Inkworkx, Jason
"Ink God" Sealey and Obasi
"We have to start thinking
out of the box," said Cheewah.
"We have a lot to say with our
culture and I'm really glad I
came to this event to see that
the skill level is right up there.
My only issue is professionalism.
At a tattoo competition we
expect to see finished work, but
I'm still glad to see the standard
A call for indigenous T&T Ink
Tattoo artists and Inked N Proud's Tattoo Fest August 2015 judges Uriel Winfree
(USA) and Darren Cheewah (T&T). PHOTO COURTESY KYEON CONSTANTINE
Lydians sing for a good cause
Attached are photo highlights from last weekend's Lydians concert Great Gettin' Up Mornin'
The Jubilee Series. It was a celebration of negro spiritual music in aid of two churches and two causes, Tranquillity Methodist Church was host to fund-raising activity for The
P.A.L.M. Foundation, created in memory of Dr Pat Bishop and the Our Lady of Fatima RC Church in Curepe's Harvest Fund. A repeat of the concert takes place today at Our
Lady of Fatima RC Church in Curepe. For tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest conductor Carl-Anthony Hines of Jamaica adds a dramatic pause to The Lydians
during one of the song performances. PHOTOS COURTESY ADR PRODUCTIONS
Conralto soloist Candice Caton, centre, sings about that Old Time Religion with The Lydians
providing background vocals for the uplifting number.
Lydian soloists Nakita Gadsby, left, and Janine Charles-Farray sing out Ride Up in the
Chariot at last weekend's concert Great Gettin' Up Mornin' The Jubilee Series, last Sunday.
Soprano soloist Patricia Whittle invites the audience to Get On board the Gospel Train in her
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