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.