This weekend you can see an inspiring, emotional, and educational art exhibit in NoDa called “The Graffiti of War – The Wall of War Tour”. Founder and CEO of the project, Jaeson Parsons, project COO Stephen Tenner and owner of Canvas Tattoo and Art Gallery
Jason’s offering a $500 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to Brian Snider’s arrest. It’s selfless acts like these that show why NoDa is not just a hip neighborhood in which to hang out, it’s a wonderful place to live. Neighbors care about each other and they step up to help one another.
Here’s Jason – unfiltered – the way his family and friends like it.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Several businesses in NoDa are feeling the heartbreak of Kareem Moore.
Moore owns “Barber’s Square” off North Davidson Street. His shop was closed Thursday so he could deal with the death of his son.
There is a sign posted on the front door that reads: “Due to a family emergency Barber’s Square will be closed until further notice.”
Police in Fayetteville found Moore’s 9-year-old son, Zamarie Chance, unresponsive in a hotel room. They believe his own mother beat him to death.
Jason Baker, Owner of Canvas Tattoo and Art Gallery, said he is heartbroken for his friend.
“I have a 12-year-old boy. I can’t even imagine the heartache that he is going through right now as a father,” said Baker.
Baker said he spoke with Moore this week.
“We have exchanged some messages and he’s hurting, as you can imagine,” he said.
Baker said the news of the boy’s death really hit the NoDa business community hard. Channel 9 found that many businesses are hosting fundraisers and raffles to keep Moore’s shop open and to help pay for funeral costs.
The owner of Salud, Jason Glunt, said he plans to raffle off a 9-liter bottle of beer and give the proceeds to Moore.
“My heart was broken. My wife’s too. Kareem is a really nice guy,” Glunt said. “We are doing whatever we can to help him out.”
Baker said he is holding a silent auction to help Moore. It is called Just Us for Zamarie and will be held Nov. 11 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Canvas Tattoo and Art Gallery off North Davidson Street.
Moore told Channel 9’s sister station, WDTV in Raleigh, that he forgives his son’s mother. He also said he had no idea she had been taking medication for about a year for a mental illness.
Baker said one aspect of his silent auction will include education from mental health professionals.
“Maybe learn a little bit more and prevent something like this from happening in the future,” said Baker.
In a place that makes people stand out, Canvas Tattoo owner Jason Baker wants to make sure they fit in.
“I think it’s important to let people know they’re accepted,” he said. “Small gestures mean a lot.”
Small gestures like the flags planted outside his NODA shop. Military support, religious inclusivity, and LGBT acceptance have always been on display there, he says. Until one of the markers mysteriously disappeared.
“It just felt like something was missing as I pulled into the driveway,” Baker recalled.
The LGBT pride flag, he said, was gone. Baker then took to social media.
“Our flag was stolen,” he remembered writing. “Ordered three more today… this is our values, steal it as many times as you want, I’m prepared for two more thefts right now.”
Now there’s a new flag, and two more duplicates on standby.
He hopes it’ll send a message.
“People who are kind of about knocking people down, are pretty loud in today’s world,” he said. “I think it’s important that if you want to lift people up, you’re as loud today.”
He hopes his shop’s heavily-trafficked street means that message spreads beyond the buzz of tattoo guns.
“You don’t have to be part of a group to understand what it’s like to not be accepted,” he said. “I can certainly identify with feelings of wanting to be loved and accepted.”
Amazing Photos Reveal the Work of Britain’s First Tattoo Artist in Victorian Times
In Victorian England, Sutherland Macdonald stands out as the country’s first professional tattoo artist. After James Cook‘s trip to the South Pacific, where the crew was exposed to Polynesian inking culture, tattoos began to trickle into society, growing in popularity through the years. For his part, Macdonald was said to have been exposed to tattooing in the 1880s while with the British Army.
Already an artist, Macdonald picked up the craft and by 1889 was operating a tattoo parlor out of the Hamam Turkish Baths at 76 Jermyn Street in London. In Victorian England, working as a tattoo artist was unheard of. In fact, in 1894 the Post Office Directory—the Yellow Pages at the time—had to add a new professional category for his listing. Thus, the word tattooist, a combination of tattoo and artist, was coined. Macdonald remained the only professional under the category for four years. “While tattooing was going on, there is no evidence of another professional studio in Britain at the time, working on paying customers,” explains Matt Lodder, a lecturer at the University of Essex.
Macdonald, who started off using hand tools and then graduated to an electric machine that he patented in 1894, had his share of celebrity and aristocratic clients. He’s said to have tattooed several of Queen Victoria’s sons, as well as the kings of Norway and Denmark. Tattoos were becoming increasingly popular with the European elite after Britain’s King Edward VII and his son were tattooed in Jerusalem and Japan, respectively.
“For nearly forty years crowned heads and famous people climbed the narrow staircase in Jermyn Street to visit Macdonald and to leave bearing some of the most wonderful ornaments ever placed on human skin,” wrote George Burchett in his 1953 book, Memoirs of a Tattooist. “A well-spoken, intelligent and gentle man, Sutherland Macdonald made friends of his customers, who treated him as an equal.”
And if that were not enough, Macdonald is also thought to have pioneered the use of blue and green in his work. All told, Macdonald is a historic tattooist who helped pioneer the art form, helping elevate it to a respected profession.
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