I first encountered the work of Nahaan in the book “Tattoo Traditions of Native North America,” by Lars Krutak. As I read about his story in this book and listened to the words he shared on the pages, I was inspired and encouraged to continue on in my own work. Nahaan shares on his website www.killerwhalestandsup.com that his:
Over the past three years I have been working on obtaining a masters degree in Interdisciplinary graduate studies with a specialization in Indigenous studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. As part of this project I have been working on a few different series of artworks that support the main question of how is a sleeping tattoo tradition awakened. The first series of work I am going to share with you come from a series that is comprised of Large scale oil paintings, 36 inches by 48 inches or larger. These paintings are split into three separate but connected bodies of work, first are the large red series of paintings that contain those who have inspired me in words, actions or being. These people I feel are my mentors, and have inspired me since I first began looking at the revival of Indigenous tattooing in 2010 and as I moved into the revival of my ancestral tattooing tradition.
Many of you know me from my work as a professional tattoo artist and cultural tattoo practitioner, and may even follow my tattoo blog www.indigenoustattooing.com/blog I have created this blog as a way for me to share my non tattoo related artistic journeys. In this blog I will be posting and writing about my oil paintings, my multilayer stencil work and other exploratory projects. The projects I will be sharing in this blog will include my process for creating my own pigments from materials collected in my traditional territory from the land and then processed mostly by hand. I say mostly because I have recently moved to a more mechanical means to grinding down my pigments.