Living rurally comes with its own set of barriers. So how do you navigate that as a practicing or emerging artist?
This realization got me thinking about how steeped in colonialism I am. It’s hard because I have to acknowledge that the bias, racist attitudes and behaviour engrained in western society have influenced me. I like to think I’m free of racism but it isn’t possible, having been raised in colonialism, and anti-racist isn’t a label I can just slap on myself after I think I’ve done the work.
This week, we sat down with Justine Diaz, a 23-year-old illustrator, painter, and tattoo artist based in Toronto. Justine shares her personal journey to becoming a full-time tattoo artist and its relation to her own growth and self-confidence.