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School celebrates International Student art show draws a crowd Women’s Day for first time

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Students and faculty gathered for International Women’s Day Celebration at the Student Resource Center.

By Nick Stern

Senior Reporter For the first time ever New Mexico has celebrated International Women’s Day, a day that governments and institutions set up around the world to celebrate the achievements of women in society, and CNM had the privilege to host the celebration, part-time Political Science Instructor for CHSS, Fatima Tannagda said. Tannagda organized the event which was held in the Richard Barr Boardroom on Thursday, March 6 in the Student Resource Center, so that students and faculty alike could celebrate the contribution of women in the community and all over the world, in addition to talking about women’s issues, she said. “It is going to be the first time we celebrate International Women’s Day in New Mexico and CNM is celebrating it, and our focus is to talk about the issues of our women,” Tannagda said. The celebration was organized to include five different female speakers from around the community with different backgrounds, she said. The first topic was the success and challenges of female students at CNM, which was led by Ann Lyn Hall, the Executive Director of CNM Connect, Tannagda said. Lieutenant Claire McCarthy from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department spoke about women’s contribution to the New Mexico Police Force and how valuable it is, she said.

Health challenges of women in New Mexico, the socioeconomic roles of Native American women in the Zuni community, and the political contribution of women in Latin America were all topics that were spoken about by the many speakers that helped host the International Women’s Day Celebration, and it was of great benefit to all the people who were present, Tannagda said. “It benefits people in so many ways in the sense that women contribute a lot to communities from raising children to economic development and political contribution. So by celebrating that, I think we are recognizing what women have contributed to every society and also looking at the challenges that women face, what are the current challenges and what future challenges might be,” Tannagda said. Tannagda said that it was tough to organize the celebration because International Women’s Day is unrecognized by local and national government within the United States and it was ultimately up to her and other women involved to do it themselves. Despite being unrecognized and unsupported by the state, Tannagda was able to round up a number of businesses from around the community that were willing to generously donate food and refreshments which ended up being more than enough for everyone that showed up and these businesses that helped were restaurants like Sahara, Quarter’s, Dion’s, Big Chow, and even refreshments provided


“@ First Glance” featured art from 24 different students.

By Jonathan Baca Copy Editor

On Friday, March 7, a crowd of students, friends, family and local art lovers crowded into the Freestyle Gallery in downtown Albuquerque for the opening night reception of “@ First Glance,” an art show featuring the best works from some of CNM’s art students. The show will be running until March 19 at the Freestyle Gallery on 1114 Central Avenue SW, and each piece is for sale. The walls of the gallery were filled with 24 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures,

each created by a different student from the Art Career Concerns class, a course that deals with the realities of making a living as an artist, said the Art instructor, Danielle Rae Miller. “I think it’s really exciting, because most of the students here have not had a gallery show and it’s something that they’ve probably dreamed about. So tonight is the first moment where it’s like the fulfillment of that dream,” Miller said. The show was one of the main focal points of the Art Career Concerns class, where Miller

moves the focus from the techniques and skills of making art to the skills needed to make it in the competitive world of professional artists, she said. “I usually start the class by telling them I don’t feel, for most of us, that it is a choice. It’s just like we have to do it, so you’ve got to figure out how you’re going to make a life like that. Because art does not necessarily sell, so how are you going to make it work?” Miller said. In the class, which is only offered once a year in the spring, students present Miller with the

best work they have produced in their life. Miller then selects one work from each student for the show, she said. Then she hands the work off to the students, who break up into different committees and begin the work of planning and executing a real gallery show, something that most of them have little or no experience in, she said. Studio Arts major, Sara Cooney was in charge of promoting the event, writing the press see

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(Left to right) Students Jennifer Skirvin, Emily Snell, and Candice Chavez stand with their art.

by Tri-H gas station and M&M gas station, she said. Criminal Justice major Maggie Gonzales was asked by Tannagda to introduce each of the speakers involved in the

celebration and she also managed the Power Point presentations that went with each speaker’s presentation, and she was honored to do so because she believes recognizing

the importance of women is extremely important, Gonzales said. “It is important because it is about celebrating every woman in the world, every profession they are

in, everything they do, and everything they can do. They need to know that they can fulfill their dreams, and it is inspiring see

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EDITORIAL The vanishing taboo of tattoos

March 11-17, 2014

By The Chronicle Editorial Board Tattoos and body modifications are making a steady climb from the fringe, outlaw statement to a socially acceptable creative expression, and it is about time. According to the Pew Research Center, around 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo, and in the age group between 18 and 40, roughly 40 percent have been permanently inked. It is becoming clear that this is not a trend or a passing fad, and all signs are showing that the number of people deciding to modify their bodies will only increase. In past decades, tattoos were reserved for freewheeling sailors, hardened criminals and outlaw bikers, but today, soccer moms get butterflies on their ankles and youth pastors have “Jesus Rocks” permanently stamped across their chests. These human canvases are everywhere, and a tattoo is no longer the rebel statement it once was. During the recent tattoo industry boom, modern tattooists have taken the old sparrows and anchors and made them into a bona-fide art form, and people everywhere are lining up and spending record amounts of money to get these works of art inscribed on their bodies one pinprick at a time. The modern age has made tattoos, piercings and other modifications as clean and safe as a trip to the dentist, and as employers are getting used to the change, there are fewer and fewer reasons not to get inked today. Our society has always celebrated diversity and individuality, and tattoos and body modifications are the new form of self-expression. Hopefully in the next few decades, anyone with full sleeves or a pierced septum could be a doctor, a lawyer or even the President in the land of the free and the home of the brave.


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Lucky Armijo, Special Education major “I think the only way I've ever been judged or treated differently is in a positive light because of my tattoos. The kids that I work with at the elementary school love the tattoos, especially the Aquaman one.”

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“I think that tattoos that are able to be covered easily are fine, but if you're going in to any professional environment at all, getting a tattoo on your face or neck is basically going 'Yeah, don't hire me because I can't make good decisions.’ If you're going to get tattoos make them tasteful and able to be covered.” PHOTOS BY CAROL WOODLAND


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World Renowned Artist

Tattooish By Rene Thompson

Editor in Chief

Tattoo Artist, Ismael Schuurbiers, also known as “Tattooish” has traveled the world over, and has won countless awards at tattoo conventions throughout the globe, but said there is always something that brings him back to Albuquerque, which is to learn from the beautiful and rich culture we have here in New Mexico. “Albuquerque is a nice and beautiful place and has a lot of history here as well, so when I come here, I not only go for the tattooing, the studio, or even the friends, but it’s also something else — to learn,” he said. Schuurbies is from Netherlands Curacao, Antilles, in the Caribbean where he has been a culinary chef and published writer, in addition to tattooing for the last decade perfecting photo black and grey, and color realism tattoos at his shop Tattooish Tattoo Studio, but said he hopes to keep changing and evolving his style into a more surrealistic type of artwork. “In the beginning of my career, when I was a self-taught artist, I was obligated to study many different styles, from tribalism, Polynesian art, to

lettering and everything else, because I didn’t have a teacher or mentor, so I think that pretty much shaped my style to where I can choose how and what I want my work to be portrayed as, which is more surrealistic,” he said. Schuurbies specializes in portraits, wildlife and horror and gives every client a customized piece of art; has earned a reputation for personal and unique tattoos, always honoring a client’s

“I can definitely say that my work is going more toward Dali now, but having some of the visions of Da Vinci and femininity of Michelangelo’s work; I morph that together a lot in my pieces,” he said. Schuurbies compared his culinary career to tattooing explaining that cooking is an art form by itself, but it is nothing like creating a painting, tattoo or drawing, and it is more of a handy type art where a chef is putting things together where they already exist, while the type of artwork he is creating now is making original elements to go together to create something new, so he said it can be a little more complex. Schuurbies said there is so much more to tattooing then just putting ink on someone’s skin and that there is a lot of psychology involved in tattooing as well. “If a person comes in and wants a specific tattoo done, you have to be able to visual-

Western Europe, Canada, South America, and throughout the states tattooing at multiple conventions most months out of the year. He said the best place so far that he has been to is Germany because of the culture, and also because that is where he learned it is best to know as little about a culture as possible coming in, so that one can appreciate each place and be able to absorb and learn how people do things differently. “I’ve been to so many countries and we’re still visiting a lot more; it’s constantly a learning process, and that is why I could never stop traveling because my mind has educated itself to constantly be learning from different cultures and people every day, and when I don’t have that I don’t feel good, so I need that— to be able to adapt to different environments, because it takes me out of my comfort zone and pushes me to learn more,” he said. Schuurbies said that people study and master

“Art is everywhere; it’s up to you how you want to present it.”

Ismael Schuurbies (Tattooish) ideas and then building the tattoo design around it, as well as making his own flash art, he said. Being able to study many different styles, Schuurbies said gave him the ability to shape the way he is able to create art now, and that most realistic artists are only attracted to the realistic, not knowing that the abstract is also a big part of creating realistic looking tattoos. Schuurbies said he has studied many different artists, but is inspired the most by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Salvador Dali.

ize what it is they want prior to even starting a sketch, so your mind is trying to create that for people every day. Tell me which other art form has that? It’s just a beautiful thing. I think the main thing for me is the urge to create, and for me tattooing art is like a virus, whenever I tattoo a person I transfer that to them. There is a connection with that person every time I give a tattoo, and I feel blessed that people allow me to give them my art that will last them a lifetime,” he said. Schuurbies said he has been to many countries such as areas of Eastern and

subjects because they love what they are doing, and that people should not care about what society’s expectations are, but to love what one does. “No matter what you study in life, as long as the passion is there, you’re going to enjoy what you’re doing and you will be successful and happy in life because you’re doing what you appreciate,” he said. Schuurbies said he likes Albuquerque because he always sees improvement in the artists and friends he works with when doing guest spots at Sachs Body Modification

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Tattooish with performer Enigma.

in Nob Hill a couple times out of the year. “One of my favorite things about Albuquerque is definitely the people, it feels like every time I’m here I feel at home, and I always see improvement in the artists and that’s motivating to me to see how they are taking they’re time to perfect their work, and to be a part of that evolution. It’s better to be a part of that, than to be at a studio that is already established, and every time I come into town and I see my friends; it’s like when you have families all over the world and you want to come and visit, so tattooing is not necessarily the only reason why I come here,” he said. On a side note about the chile in New Mexico, Schuurbies said “I was a culinary chef, so it is really hard to choose between red or green, but I would have to say both are really good.” Schuurbies said it takes a long time to become an established artist in the industry, but once an artist does, they can be free to create what they want, which he feels very blessed to be able to do in such a quickly growing and expanding trade. Another part about traveling and tattooing that Schuurbies said he loves, he is able to meet legendary


Photo realism tattoos from Tattooish.


artists such as Jack Rudy, Freddy Negrete, Brian Everett and Mark Mahoney that made tattooing a movement, made it mainstream, and started the tattoo revolution, because tattooing is still such a young industry, which to him is the most beautiful part, because he can have an advantage to be able to share and learn from these ground-breaking artists. “How do you define yourself as a good artist, because it’s not only what you create, but who you are as a person and the legacy that you leave behind. So it’s not only the art, but how people will see you when you’re gone, and how to be a master artist and leave a relatable influence for generations of artists to learn from you as well. It’s pretty amazing for people in our generation of the tattooing industry, and I think in 20 years from now tattooing will be recognized as the ultimate art form, because we’re taking tattooing to a totally different level, and we’re truly creating fine art on people’s skin,” he said. To see when Tattooish will be in Albuquerque, to make an appointment, or to see more of his tattoos, go to, facebook. com/SfumatoStudios, or /Tattooish.


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Body Suspension: A Cultural Adaptation

By Rene Thompson Editor in Chief

Body Suspension is a practice that dates back thousands of years in cultures throughout the world in areas such as India, the Middle East, and North America. In India these practices had been performed as far back as 5,000 years ago, and according to are still practiced today in Hindu religion, as well as in some Native American rituals. Suspension has been called a number of things by many cultures, such as the Oh-kee-pa (or Okipa) by the Mandan Native American tribe as depicted in the 1970 film “A Man Called Horse,” and is also part of the Sundance ritual performed by some of the Sioux Native American tribe. The Hindu festival rituals of Thaipusam and Chidi Mari in India use forms of suspension and

piercing, still celebrated every year, mostly by Savite Hindus, according to Suspension has also had a sort of cultural adaptation in the modern western world, and is now being performed by a growing sub-culture of piercing and body modification enthusiasts all over since the 1980s. Suspension is also used in different ways now, including performance art with shows such as those done by piercer, Steve Truitt of Ascension Body Modification at 3600 Central Ave SE, who has performed countless suspension shows, and who also got to work with Jane’s Addiction on their tours in 2011 and in 2013, where he had people hanging off hooks from the rafters at concert venues throughout the world, he said. Truitt said he has been piercing professionally since 1995 and is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers, and not only pierces and

suspends people, but also performs an array of other body modifications at his studio, where he has been perfecting his art with suspension since 2000. “I couldn’t even guess at how many people I’ve hung over the years. We have done hundreds of shows, and thousands of private suspensions, and been to many suspension related events all over the world,” he said. Truitt said that people get suspended for all sorts of different reasons, and that there is no one reason why people get themselves suspended; some do it for spiritual reasons, as a rite of passage, others just for the thrill of it or to test one’s limits. “It’s a personal thing for everyone who does it,” he said. According to suspension has two main ways of “rigging” people to sterile hooks, which are either dynamic or static. “Dynamic rigging uses ropes, or something

Suspension positions Chest A chest suspension, sometimes incorrectly referred to as an “O-Kee-Pa”, is a suspension in which hook(s) are placed in the chest. Typically two hooks are used for this type of suspension. This is named after the Okipa ceremony of the Mandan people.


A coma suspension is where hooks are placed in the chest, torso and legs, usually in two rows, so that the suspender is lying face up. The name of this position comes from the similar imagery in the movie Coma.


A knee suspension is a suspension in which the hooks are placed in both knees. There is no standard for hook placement on this suspension, as it depends almost solely on the anatomy of the suspender.


A suicide suspension is a suspension in which hooks are placed in the upper back, so that the suspender is hanging upright. This type of suspension is named suicide due to its similarity in appearance to someone who has been hanged.

Steve Truitt poses with a suspended girl.

similar, and one long piece is used to connect the suspender to the apparatus. In static rigging, each hook is attached to the apparatus separately and is usually rigged to a tree, ceiling, or scaffolding, using pulleys or a winch.” Truitt said that modern suspension is very different from the suspension rituals other cultures have done for thousands of years. “Some (people) are into the cultural aspect, some are into performance or artistic statement,” he said. Truitt said that he no longer gets himself suspended unless it is for a big show or movie, and now mostly does shows with his girlfriend, Marlo Marquise, who is a model and professional performer of suspension. “I love suspending other people though, especially someone doing it for their first time. I enjoy doing something


for people that helps them feel good about themselves,” Truitt said. When asked about how he reacts to people that are close-minded to extreme body modification, Truitt said that everyone is different and “to each their own,” in addition he said he would not waste time trying to explain something like suspension to someone who was very close-minded and against it in the first place. “I also wouldn’t waste my time dealing with people who discriminate against anyone because of their appearance or any other reason,” he said. Truitt said that he has been to many countries doing suspension shows, and that everyone has different protocols and ways they do things in various places, but overall suspension is pretty similar world-wide, he said. “I love traveling, so I feel very lucky to get to do

something I love and to travel around doing it,” Truitt said. Truitt said when he went back on tour with Jane’s Addiction in 2013 on the “Rockstar Uproar Tour” he suspended local people at shows wanting the experience throughout the country. “Working with them has been one of the most fun experiences of my life. Dave Navarro loves suspension and wanted this to happen, so we could work with suspension teams all over the world and bring this amazing art form to all kinds of people,” he said. For more information on suspension, go to ascensionsuspension. com, or


A resurrection suspension is a suspension in which the suspended person is held up by hooks, usually in two rows on the stomach.


A crucifix suspension is where hooks are placed in the arms, so that the suspender appears to be hanging on a cross, with his or her arms held out to the side.


A superman suspension is where hooks are placed in the back and legs, usually in two rows. This type of suspension is named superman because of a similar appearance to Superman flying. Information provided by Savite Hindu man suspends in a yearly Indian ritual.


March 11-17, 2014

By Jonathan Baca Copy Editor

From Albuquerque’s mean streets, to a six-by-nine foot cell in a federal prison, to the walls of the Albuquerque Museum, the life of local artist and former student Eric Christo Martinez has been one of inspiration and conviction. After honing his artistic skills and craft behind bars, Martinez has emerged as a successful painter and tattoo artist, and now he is working to give back to the community, teaching kids and convicts that art can be a powerful release from the harsh realities of life. Martinez struggled with crime and drug addiction from an early age, and at the age of 22 he was convicted of a drug crime and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, he said. In prison, he quickly discovered that he had a talent for drawing and he begin making paños, a classic form of prison art consisting of intricate drawings done on handkerchiefs, he said. “It was a pastime, but also something I really started developing a love

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and a passion for. So I just kept drawing and drawing and it grew and grew,” Martinez said. Then he was put into solitary confinement for six months, and he discovered that drawing was a powerful means of escape, spending countless hours practicing and honing his craft, he said. Eventually, people began to notice how good his art was, and started asking if he would give them PHOTOS PROVIDED BY ERIC CHRISTO MARTINEZ tattoos, he said. Tattooing in jail is a Tattoo artist and painter Eric Christo Martinez honed his skills behind bars. unique skill, and Martinez introduced to fine art and Soon painting became Since then, Martinez has experiences, especially with quickly learned the techniques, building his first tattoo painting by another inmate, Martinez’s main outlet, and he made a successful career as a the youth, is important to machines out of motors taken Hendrick Gil, who began men- decided that he wanted to try tattoo artist and painter, tat- me because I lost my brother, out of radios and sharpened toring him and teaching him his hand at becoming a pro- tooing full time at Factory and me and a lot of friends; fessional artist when he was Edge in Coronado Mall, and we’ve been through a lot, so guitar strings, and making his the craft of painting, he said. He also began devouring released, he said. he is currently working on if I can inspire and plant some own ink from soot and baby oil, every book on art that he could He was set free in 2010, designs for a new clothing line, seeds, it means a lot to me,” he said. Martinez said. “I started out with fine line get his hands on, learning the and by then he had created an he said. Martinez said he has also For more information black-and-grey prison style, a history and techniques of past entire series of paintings titled style that has a lot of history. masters from all different “Conviction,” based on his time been involved in outreach on the art of Eric Christo in prison, he said. work for prisoners and kids Martinez, visit ericchristoart. It was born behind bars, and styles, he said. “I do a little bit of everyHe got a few paintings in the juvenile justice system, it spilled out onto the streets and is really popular now, and thing, all styles. Whatever into his first gallery show, and showing them that art, culture it revolutionized tattoo art,” challenges me or takes me to a one of them, a self-portrait and creativity can be a way new place, it’s all about the art titled “The Passion of Christo,” out of a life of crime, drug Martinez said. Martinez was eventu- and growing as an artist, so I was purchased and eventually abuse and prison. “Being able to give back ally moved to a prison in love new challenges and styles,” displayed at the Albuquerque Museum, he said. and share the art and my Pennsylvania, where he was Martinez said.

From overseas to Albuquerque Dorian’s shades of Gray

By Nick Stern

Senior Reporter Computer Sciences major Dorian Gray is a professional tattoo artist who works at Ace’s Tattoo and Body Piercing located at 2737 San Mateo NE, she said. She has been a professional tattoo artist for three years and believes it is one of the most rewarding experiences she has ever gotten out of life, Gray said. “I absolutely love my job because it is really creative, I get to meet thousands of new people, and I get to cover the world in beautiful art,” she said.

The style of art she is best at and loves to do the most is Japanese, which she would do all day if her clients would let her, she said. The name Dorian Gray comes from a joke that someone made about her never aging, and is a reference to Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” about a man who never ages while a portrait of himself ages more and more, she said. Gray already has her Bachelor’s degree in illustration that she got from the Northern Illinois University and she is currently attending CNM courses in order to knock out all of the

coursework that she can before transferring to UNM in the fall semester of 2014, she said. CNM has helped her in both her pursuit of a Master’s in Computer Science and also helped her with her career in tattoos, she said. Gray said her time at the Montoya campus has been surprisingly very educational and she has been taking math and a couple programming classes, which have helped her learn how to create databases, and as far as tattooing goes, the people that she has met around the campus community have been very cool and interested

in what she does which has inspired her to keep up her hard work. “I think CNM is a really great school. I went to a community college outside of Chicago where I am from and I thought the educational quality was pretty bad, but CNM is actually really good and I was really surprised and happy. The math classes are actually really great,” Gray said. After Gray graduated with her first bachelor’s degree she said she moved to Japan for three years where she apprenticed and started to study the way that tattooing is done there. Then she went to Melbourne, Australia where


she also did a year-long apprenticeship in tattooing which was hard work and required some serious dedication and toughening up. Gray said she is responsible for doing everything and anything that needed to get done around the shop like cleaning, getting other artists food, scrubbing everything, and when the artists eventually had free time, they would teach her how to tattoo. “It is pretty hard work and is kind of like boot camp where everyone is hazing you and it really toughens you up, but it is really good training and you do all your medical certifications too,” she said.

Gray said that with her apprenticeship and her three years of professional tattooing, she has probably done around 2,000 different tattoos and she believes it is an honor and privilege to help so many people along the transformative process that is tattooing, she said. Ace’s Tattoo and Body Piercing is open from Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays are also available by appointment and the shop can be contacted via email at info@acestattooabq. com or by phone at 872-8287, Gray said.


Dorian Gray has completed more than 2,000 tattoos during her career.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Tattoo supply company owner and student has big plans to help others

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his tattoo supply business, but Gonzales said that his pashas also played bass for the sion for helping people comes Editor in Chief last eight years in a local Metal from his sister, who has a conPsychology major and band called Blinddryve, and dition called Rett Syndrome and has the brain capacity of tattoo supply company owner has five children, he said. “I have five kids, two are an 18 year-old baby, so she has of “Boneyard Ink,” Daniel Gonzales said he has a very in soccer, the other is in voice stayed at ARCA who provides specific philosophy when it and acting classes, then I have services for individuals with comes to helping heal people the two little ones, and this developmental disabilities for and wants to enact that into semester I’m taking five classes, the past 20 years, and where his ultimate goal, which is to so it’s a lot of work, but I’ve Gonzales and his family go to make or be a part of a special always wanted to help people,” see her regularly. Gonzales said his sister kind of substance abuse treat- Gonzales said. Gonzales said he had his inspires and helps him to stay ment center, he said. Gonzales said that he own problems with substance motivated to succeed in his hopes to support people abuse in his past and said he goal of helping others. “The doctors said people through helping them gain has learned so much since then some spirituality, as well as that he wants to help others on with her condition usually through proper diet, exercise, their roads to recovery and a don’t live past 30 and she’s 46 now, so she’s one of the oldest education and getting people better wellbeing. “I feel like I have some living people with her condiback their roots. “I have a culinary degree positive stuff to offer, I have tion,” he said. Gonzales said he and I was a cook in Seattle, life experience in that field and so I feel like good food is an I want to go into counseling or opened his tattoo supply business in 2008 while important part of our healing therapy,” he said. process too, and when people are trying to detox off drugs or things like that, they are eating food that have a lot of chemicals, and I would like to get into a treatment center that is based around having organic farm to table foods, because I think connecting with the earth is important too. It’s kind of like getting back to our roots,” Gonzales said. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL GONZALES Gonzales not only goes to school full time and still runs Daniel Gonzales with his band Blinddryve.

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working in the shipping department at The Zone, where they began to get artists who needed supplies. Gonzales said artists would wonder why there was not a local source at the time that delivered supplies, because there was and still is a major demand, since Albuquerque has an abundance of shops and artists. “I could see that there was a demand for it (tattoo supplies), because artists would say ‘it would be nice if there was someone who was local who could deliver supplies and then we wouldn’t have to get supplies online,’ so I’ve officially had the business for six years now,” he said. His band Blinddryve, in their eight years, has played the Journal Pavilion, the South by Southwest Show, and has opened for Sevendust and Lucuna Coil, he said. “I would say it’s definitely metal; it’s cross between Iron Maiden, Pantera, and maybe Kill-Switch Engage, and a touch of Queensryche,” he said. For more information on Blinddryve shows go to or holdmyticket. com for advance show tickets.

Gonzales said he really wants to go to Highlands University at the school of social work, because they have such a great program. He said they also have a jump starter program that helps students get a Master’s degree in three years. He also hopes to make a program that not only instills his philosophy but also sets up people with proper work skills to be able to succeed beyond treatment, PHOTO BY RENE THOMPSON to less likely keep Daniel Gonzales, owner of Boneyard repeating the cycle Ink tattoo supply. of being a multiple to have a better chance at being drug offender. “I think that people who sober when they have a leg use are just sick, and some- up. It could be 10 or 20 years times they were never taught from now, but my goal is to that stuff, a lot of time people really help people beyond their want to judge others, but some- immediate treatments and times these people were never help to give them the skills to taught to take care of them- have a better life,” he said. selves, or how to find to their own paths, and maybe they can get skills or certifications

Students say body mods don’t affect their work them want to work with you more,” Garrett said. Staff Reporter In 2012 Albuquerque had over 50 tattoo parlors accordTattoos and other body ing to “Are tattoos becommodifications, Lindsey Tayloring more socially acceptable Wise, Fine Arts major, said in the workplace?” an article that for her and some other stuin UNM’s CJ 475 News, and dents they are able to find work the article also named New with their ink and piercings. Mexico as one of the most She works for Il Vicino accepting states for tattoos in tap room and said that her the work place. body modifications have never Taylor-Wise said she has been an issue for her. had experience in several “I haven’t been told aspects of the restaurant industo cover up or take any try and her ability to sport her of the piercings out, they body modifications has, in the seem to enjoy my colorpast, depended on where she ful hair too, which is nice,” was working and what her job Taylor-Wise said. was at the time. “I feel like it just depends on the owners and the management, depending on if they have tattoos or if they are open minded people,” TaylorWise said. Although the tattoos and body modification may affect her employment in the future she said that her choice in a career in art should allow her to not only sport her tattoos but to get new ones as well. Both Taylor-Wise and Garrett have visible tattoos and stretched ears, and PHOTO BY ANGELA LE QUIEU both also work in places Lindsey Taylor-Wise talks to customers as she works at Il where they are visible to Vicino’s tap room. the public.

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Fine Arts major, Alicia Garrett has not had an issue with her tattoo, but instead said that one of them may have influenced an employer to hire her over other candidates. Garrett said that her tattoo of a band logo gave her interviewer a connection to her personally that might not have been there otherwise. “I think maybe with tattoos, when you’re interviewing don’t hide them, because it may be a conversation starter to help them learn a little more about you on a personal level that may make

“If I’m applying somewhere, I want to make sure that I can be myself and put it out there, if I have and interview I try not to hide stuff,” Taylor-Wise said. “Tattoos No Longer a Kiss Of Death in the Workplace,” an article from Forbes magazine highlighted a UNM professor, Bruce Potts, who has a facial tattoos and other body modifications and had not affected his employment with the university. Forbes also said that 14 percent employment aged Americans have tattoos and that policies on tattoos vary from industry to industry and workplace to work place. At CNM the official Employee hand book contains no language pertaining to tattoos or piercings, but does say that wearing inappropriate clothing may be grounds for disciplinary action or termination. Director of Communications & Media Relations Brad Moore said that CNM does not have a specific policy regarding tattoos. “The standard for tattoos in the workplace at CNM depends on the work environment,” Moore said. Supervisors can use their own discretion to deem what is appropriate for a specific workplace or a specific job position, Moore said.

Tattooist and shop owner Leo Gonzales said some of the shift in attitude about tattoos is because of the popularity of shows about the industry making it mainstream and more acceptable. “Depending on where you live and what your job is having/being heavily tattooed isn’t as big of a deal these days as it was even ten years ago, and I think that has a lot to do with tattoos being portrayed in the COURTESY OF FACEBOOK.COM media as much as they are UNM Professor, Bruce Potts these days,” Gonzales said. Gonzales said that with facial tattoos. this acceptance may have college and the large amount opened up the job market to of people have tattoos. people with tattoos, but that it With so many people in is a double edged sword, mean- town that are tattooed it has ing it has also taken away the become less of an excuse for an mystery of tattoos, which used employer not to hire a person to not be socially acceptable. who is well qualified and has Fellow tattooist Mathew the needed experience for a Pippin said that the trend of position, Taylor-wise said. television shows that highlight “I think it’s changed a lot tattoos has not changed the and it’s continuing to change, overall taboo of body modifi- because I feel like the people cation as a whole. who are getting tattooed are “That has always been a only going to get more tatthing and that will always be a tooed; then the next generathing regardless of how many tion is going to be so used to it cool TV shows there are, there and everybody’s going to have will always be that stigma,” tattoos and it won’t be such Pippin said. a big deal anymore, it’s just Taylor-Wise said that going to be an acceptable way Albuquerque is a good town to express yourself,” Taylorfor people with body modifi- Wise said. cations to work, because it is

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President of CNM’s American Association for Women in Community for me because it is cool to Colleges Magda Martinezhear all kinds of other sto- Baca also helped Tannagda ries from different women organize the Women’s Day that are entirely different celebration and believes people,” she said. this year’s celebration was Director of the Trio a huge stepping stone for Department and Chapter CNM, because it is the first

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yourself, building community and relationships with other artists, organirelease, and contacting zation, and really getting media outlets, and said that into the mindset that my the skills she learned in the art can really be a lifestyle process will definitely help and I can make a living,” her in her dream of becom- Cooney said. ing a comic book artist. In the process of put“We’ve learned how ting on the show, students to be confident in selling had to learn the logistics

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time the college has ever celebrated International Women’s Day and she thinks it is the start of a new and important tradition here in New Mexico, Martinez-Baca said. “We will be celebrating again. I think with CHSS taking the lead with

the Dean’s support and with faculty and employees it will happen and our partnerships within the community will grow,” she said. The celebration was a very good reminder of how important women

are internationally but also a reminder of what can be done to make the world a better place in the terms of equality, because women with children are statistically the poorest people and with more

recognition among New Mexico and the country as a whole, people can come together and work to make life better for all people, especially women and children, MartinezBaca said.

of the art business, like getting their work matted and framed, professionally photographed, and making promotional materials like business cards, Miller said. Students were forced to solve real-world problems on the spot, learning how to hang up the pieces on the gallery walls, where

to put them, and the realities of working with a gallery space, like lighting and organization, she said. “They learn how to have a show, and then they actually put one on. It’s a great learning experience for them,” Miller said. Aside from the realworld knowledge students

get from putting the show on, Miller said that the opening is valuable for another reason exposing the students to Albuquerque’s larger art community, and also exposing that community to CNM’s art program. “We’re producing some really amazing graduates,

I think the students are stellar, the faculty is great. I think what we’re doing is actually really amazing, and I think this is an opportunity to go out into the community and show it off,” Miller said.

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COMMUNITY Wings for L.I.F.E. promotes responsible tattooing

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program that is focused on “transforming lives Senior Reporter to break the generational Wings For L.I.F.E. is cycle of incarceration” and a faith-based international also hosts weekly educational programs called Wings For L.I.F.E, which stands for life skills imparted to families through education, and has planned to host an educational meeti n g about t a t toos on M o n d ay, March 10 at Second P re sby ter ia n Church at 812 Edith Blvd NE, Executive Director and founder Ann Edenfield Sweet said. The purpose of the meeting is not to tell people whether or not to get a tattoo but rather to educate by bringing in professionGRAPHICS BY ANGELICA MANZANARES als in the field, and in Monday’s case the speaker that was scheduled to share during the meeting is

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Dawn Maestes who is the coowner of Lazarus Laser Tattoo Removal and to talk about the pros and cons of getting inked including the dangers, longlasting impact, and the difficulties involved with getting a tattoo removed, Sweet said. “We bring in experts who help everyone understand what all is involved in getting and removing tattoos. We educate and then people make their own decisions. Our role is to bring up and talk about difficult issues, then it is up to each person as to what they do with that information,” Sweet said. During the meetings that Wings For L.I.F.E. provides, guests in attendance are given literature that they can read and use to follow along with speakers and their subject matter for the meeting and in this case guests are given literature on the top 10 things to consider about a tattoo, Sweet said. The literature encourages people to make sure they have put a lot of thought into a tattoo and to consider that a tattoo is a commitment even if it is no longer considered to be permanent, because even though the ink can be removed it involves a long process that is not cheap, Sweet said. The literature also encourages people to carefully

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consider what locations on the body they should get a tattoo on because even though the stigma associated with tattoos has almost disappeared, employers may overlook all the benefits an applicant can bring to the workforce simply because of their bias toward people with tattoos, she said. Dawn Maestes also said that she encourages people to make sure they choose the right artist whose style best suits what kind of design they are considering and to also not be too afraid to ask any questions they might have about the work area like how clean it is, how they sterilize equipment, client reviews, and anything that might help make getting a tattoo be as comfortable as possible. “Once you know what style and design appeals to you, search for an artist who specializes in what you are looking for: script, portraits, realism. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Do your homework,” she said. An important thing to also consider is that a tattoo might not end up being permanent because people change with time and sometimes what was cool one day might feel like a mistake years down the road, Maestes said. The national guideline for tattoo removal is between

five and 15 treatments with an average of 12 treatments, which can mean that the entire removal process can take six months or even two years to complete, she said. New Mexico Corrections has recognized the huge impact and positive changes among inmates and even prison staff after parties thrown in an inmate’s h o n o r and has invited t h e Wi ngs to throw up to four parties a year for each and every prison in New Mexico, and also wants educational programs like the weekly ones done by L.I.F.E. to be held within the prisons as well, she said. “It is a three hour format and the Corrections Department has seen such positive changes with inmates and their families and also staff because the staff has become very involved and very supportive and many

have even volunteered to come into work the day of the party,” Sweet said.

Public Invitation for Third Party Comment Central New Mexico Community College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit May 7-9, 2014 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Central New Mexico Community College has been accredited by the Commission since 1978. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college: Third Party Comment on Central New Mexico Community College The Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s Web site at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by April 7, 2014.

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FEATURE The colorful history of body modification

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Body modification today is more popular than ever, and according to a Pew Research Poll in 2010, 23 percent of Americans have a tattoo. Sarah Egelman, professor of Religious Studies, explained that tattoos go all the way back to the Iceman, with a 5,200 year old mummy found with tattoos of dots and small x’s on his knee. “People think of it as sort of this new trend or whatever, but it’s a really, really, really ancient tradition. In fact, the oldest preserved human, the Iceman, was tattooed,” Egelman said. She said it is thought that tattoos may have been applied to alleviate pain, as archaeological records showed age related degeneration on the bones of the Iceman’s knee. Egelman said tattoos were popular in ancient Egypt, but for the Egyptians, tattoos were only worn by women and likely served as protection during pregnancy and childbirth. According to “Tattoos, the Ancient and Mysterious History” at smithstonian. com, Egyptian tattoos were made up of a geometric pattern of dots and lines possibly intended to mimic a beaded net, that were applied to the abdomen and thighs of women, and were found on mummies as well. Tattoos have been performed in ancient China, Japan, Peru, Chile, Europe, North America and North Africa, and tattoos have even been found on mummies in Greenland and Siberia, and while different cultures had their own

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methods and purposes for tattooing, they all likely involved a slow and painful procedure, according to the smithstonian. com article. Egelman said across the Mediterranean tattooing was also practiced by Romans. “I do know that some Romans tattooed themselves religiously as sort of a protection, kind of like amulets,” she said. After the Roman Empire’s conversion to Christianity, tattoos remained popular despite a biblical law prohibiting any sort of marking upon the body, and that biblical law against tattoos comes from Leviticus, a part of the Bible, which contains laws about dietary restrictions and even garment material restrictions, which most Christians no longer follow, Egelman said. “Christianity really took off in other parts of the Mediterranean world where tattooing was more acceptable and that prohibition doesn’t stand,” Egelman said. While Judaism and Islam did follow the biblical prohibition, Egelman said that within some sects of Islam there is a history, of temporary henna tattooing for weddings or other celebrations, which is found in other cultures around the world as well. “I think it’s been more popular around the world for cultural and religious reasons, and medical reasons in ancient history than people recognize,” Egelman said. Margo DeMello, Professor of Anthropology said the simplest way to make a tattoo by hand was to use a sharpened thorn, bone, stick

or rock dipped into pigment and poked into the skin. “Another method is to cut the skin with a sharpened implement and then rub the pigment into the wound,” DeMello said. In Polynesian culture, their method is to use a carved comb made of shell and dipped in ink, then pounded into the skin using a mallet, she said. “In Japan, tattoos were (and are) made with a long bamboo device with needles attached to the end; the needles are pushed into the body. In the Arctic, the people there literally sew tattoos into the skin using a needle and thread dipped in ink,” DeMello said. According to tattoos were used as punishment during the Edo period from the 1600s to 1800s, and are still taboo because people with even minor tattoos are discriminated against and turned away from some businesses in Japan. She said today’s tattoos are done in a much more sterile and safe environment than before, although some traditional techniques are still used. DeMello said one type of tattooing called “Yantra” which is done by hand in Southeast Asia, remains ever popular despite being a very painful process. Yantra tattoos are said to be able to protect the wearer from evil and danger because of the mixture of ingredients in the ink and that the monks who apply the tattoos say a special prayer, she said. “I don’t know what the people in Southeast Asia think of western tattooing, but I do know that lots of people there wear western tattoos,” DeMello said.

DeMello has been studying and writing about tattooing for many years and published a book called “Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Tattoo Community” in 2000. “Tattooing has become main-stream in the United States since 2000. It was already well on the rise when my book was published, and it continues to get more and more normative in this culture,” DeMello said. One reason DeMello thinks tattoos are so popular in Albuquerque is because of a link to ancient Rome through Albuquerque’s large Latino population. “In addition, tattooing has a very, very long history in Christianity. It goes back to the very early Christians who lived in ancient Rome, and who wore tattoos to show their Christian faith. So a lot of Latinos wear Christian tattoos in particular to demonstrate their faith,” DeMello said. For young people, getting a tattoo could be considered a rite of passage, DeMello said. “In traditional cultures around the world that is how it has commonly been—one receives one’s first tattoo upon reaching sexual maturity or adulthood in many cultures, and in some cultures, without a tattoo you are not marriageable,” DeMello said. Jessica Craig, Professor of Anthropology said the Ancient Mayans widely practiced body modification. She said they used a process of shaping the head of their babies called “artificial cranial deformation,” or head


The recent discovery of this skull from Mexico lead many to question what made so many cultures to preform head binding in children.

binding which started not long after birth. “We suspect that the Maya would do this by tightly binding babies/toddlers to cradle boards. Interestingly, while it was more common among the upper classes, we do see evidence for the practice among the lower classes as well,” Craig said. She went on to explain that while different classes of people had their heads shaped, the shape itself was based on social class, which would create an easily visible social identification of which class someone belonged. Donna Rosh, Professor of Anthropology said that cranial deformation was also practiced by some Southeastern and Northwest American tribes and the desired result was to produce a slanted, elongated forehead. However, for these tribes, cranial deformation was reserved for those with a certain social status. “Only families with high status practiced it,” said Rosh.

According to “Modern Induced Skull Deformity in Adults” by William Gump, induced skull deformity is still performed now with a method for adults, which is used to “reach different levels of conscience” or accessing different parts of the brain and is believed to be why Mayans used this method of modification. Craig said that Mayans also practiced dental modification and had several methods for modifying their teeth, such as filing them into very sharp points or to drill a small hole in the center of a tooth and inlay it with pieces of jade. “Certainly the use the jade was associated with social class, as this was the gold of the ancient Maya, so only someone with a degree of wealth could afford this procedure,” Craig said. For the Ancient Maya body modification offered people the opportunity to create a distinct social identity for themselves, very much like today, Craig said.

Tattoos that Stay Gold By Angela Le Quieu Staff Reporter

After years of work, tattooist Leo Gonzales opened Stay Gold on the corner of Yale Boulevard and Gold Street in 2004, and his ethical and artistic approach has made his business one that is based on word of mouth and repeat customers. Gonzales said that he is an oil painter which was his original career goal, but after a friend suggested that they get tattoo equipment he decided to try it as a new medium of artwork, he said. “It just grabbed a hold of me, and I just became possessed by it, and I always thought that I would be a painter, and that tattooing would be my hobby, and it turned out to be the opposite, that painting has

become more of a hobby,” Gonzales said. Gonzales has been tattooing for 21 years and it was not until 14 years ago in 2000, that he felt he had put in his dues working for other people and said he was comfortable enough to open his own shop. Gonzales’ style is surrealistic horror and fantasy tattoos, and he has an array of artwork for sale at his shop. Because Gonzales has been working in the Albuquerque area for his entire tattooing career he is a well know tattoo artist and books appointments several months out, Pippin said. Gonzales has definite ideas about the ethics of tattooing people, which he said is a canvas that moves, bleeds, and breathes.

“When I first started tattooing I took a kind of a moral stance that I wasn’t going to tattoo anybody until I had tattooed myself and earned my chops,” he said. Although Gonzales did not go through a formal apprenticeship, and it took him 10 times as long to understand tattooing, the path he took was the best way for him, Gonzales said. After he had practiced tattooing on his own legs he began to work on friends, and after a while he took jobs from people who requested them from him, he said. It has only been in the past two years that Gonzales has felt that he could bring in his painting skills and techniques to the work he is doing with tattoos, he said. “That was hard at the beginning, because I had


Tattooist and oil painter, Leo Gonzales with his work on skin and canvas.

such a background with painting I thought that I could bring what I knew about painting into tattooing and I was completely mistaken, it’s completely different,” Gonzales said. The oil paintings that he has done can be seen the Pop Gallery in Santa Fe as well as at Stay Gold, although he said he does not like to go through galleries because of the high percentage they take from the sale of art work. Gonzales attributes his love of art to his mother who was a freelance illustrator for

Los Alamos Labs and began “Nothing Gold Can Stay” to teach him how to draw at a which is related to the rough very early age, he said. transitional time that they “We thought that we were going through, plus the were going to have to move new location was on Gold out of the neighborhood and Street, Gonzales said. it turns out that this building Many people attribute came up for rent and it was the name to a line from the right across the street from movie “The Outsiders” in where we were at and we which one of the characters were like ‘oh we get to stay says “Stay gold Ponyboy” but in the neighborhood’ and we that line is referencing the were just bouncing names off poem as well, Gonzales said. each other,” Gonzales said. “We were staying in the The name came from neighborhood and we thought his previous partner Danno Stay Gold, we are staying Sanchez, and it references a golden and it was a perfect fit,” poem by Robert Frost called Gonzales said.

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