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Artist With 'Invisible' Disabilities Use Tattoos To Talk About Health

"Ink Visible is the brainchild of artist Arianna Warner, who has a chronic pain condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. Because her RSD prevents her from getting permanent tattoos of her own, Warner had the idea to use temporary tattoos as a vehicle through which to communicate what, for so long, seemed incommunicable."

The Huffington Post

Drawing out the pain
"Warner has an invisible disability that makes it painful to walk and it is what has inspired her degree project in PSU’s Master of Fine Arts in Art and Social Practice. Called Ink Visible, it’s a project in which five Portland tattoo artists created temporary tattoos that are inspired by their own invisible disability. The idea is to make an invisible disability visible — to have a conversation starter that gives people an easy way to start talking about a condition that may not be readily apparent." 
Portland Tribune

Who Am I To Stop It Podcast Interview
"Arianna has used temporary tattoos before in really creative ways, and she’ll be on the podcast this spring or summer to talk about it. The first time I met her was at one of Carmen Papalia’s interactive workshops, and I arrived there not knowing anyone besides Carmen. I was nervous. Were there other disabled people around? Was there going to be anyone I could relate to? Lo and behold, there’s Arianna, beaming away and socializing with everyone. Her arms and legs were covered in temporary tattoos of the universal access symbol (the stick figure on a wheelchair). And I’m sitting there thinking I gotta meet this person!"
- Who Am I To Stop It

With Temporary Tattoos, Artists Makes Their Invisible Disabilities Easy to See (Ink Visible)
"In the back a brewery last Friday, May 13, Portland resident Kate Walford held a wet towel over her forearm, busily applying a temporary tattoo. After waiting the requisite 30 seconds, she pulled off the tattoo’s paper backing to reveal a beautiful line drawing: an abstract portrait of a woman’s head bursting into a delicate shower of stars."
- Bitch Media

 

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