LIPS Community Tattoo Therapy Fund

About the fund!
Black people go through a lot - from racism in the day-to-day, discrimination and microaggressions at work, over-sexualization leading to higher rates of sexual assault, rising rates of suicide, and more. We're dealing with increasingly unprecedented times, and Black people are dealing with a trauma that can't oftentimes be articulated, except through pain and art.

Therapy, while helpful and "trendy" now, remains inaccessible and out of reach for many, along with other mental health resources. As a result, we find ways to cope - drinking, self-medicating, tattoos & piercings, etc. Except, without guidance, these can all lead to unhealthy habits that have us accepting a subpar quality of life.

This fund aims to operate as a microgrant to solve that problem by collecting and sending funds to support Black people who get tattooed to cope but also find themselves in need of therapy. If it weren't for funds like this, I truly believe I would have never been introduced to therapy myself.

If you can't give, please share.

Interested in therapy and would like to receive funds once they are available? Applications will be along soon.

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About Me
Hi there!

I am Imani K Brown - master tattoo artist and founder of Little INKPLAY Shop. Ages ago I found myself suffering from bipolar depression, suicidal ideation, and more. In college and throughout some of my professional career, the pressure I felt daily led to some of the scariest moments of my life ... all wrapped in self-harm and suicide attempts. I didn't believe in therapy as many Black people do not. But ... I found tattoo! And the journey literally helped save my own life.

Since then I've improved greatly, with tattoo journeys being my gateway drug to traditional therapy. And proud to say, I attract a lot of who I am - struggles and all - moving me to help others who are going through something similar. I was inspired to open my studio to see the vision of tattoo & life coaching through and I launched a passion project to help people establish their own connections to tattoo and wellness, with the greatest hope of empowering them to seek traditional therapy - Ink & Release™.

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About Ink & Release™
Ink & Release™ is is a pop-up tattoo x life coaching brand, founded by master tattoo artist, Imani K Brown, focused on tattoo for long-tern wellness!

Q: But What Is Tattoo Therapy?
A: It's When Tattoos Help You Feel Better

Tattoos are so much more than tattoo when you understand that it's the apex of a culmination of events.
It's your extravagant my friends went (insert random place) and all I got was this lousy t-shirt souvenir.

Except it's far from lousy!
In fact those gifts don't even make you feel better ...

But a tattoo will.

And contrary to popular belief, a tattoo is the gift that keeps on giving. When you give meaning to your tattoo, no matter the design, you create life into YOU, helping you soothe psychological wounds or emotional shocks.

Tattoos also help the wearer assert themselves in reclaiming their body after an accident or illness.

Most important is that tattoos help individuals gain and grow self-confidence, and help us overcome our complexes.

However, getting a tattoo from just anyone is not ok! There are so many tattoo artists who couldn't care less about your physical or psychological wounds, and this can lead to a very bad experience.
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