Still Not Asking For It (SNAFI, for brief) is advocacy via tattooing.
The globally organized, community-driven occasion raises consciousness (and cash) for sexual assault survivors every year, whereas concurrently encouraging a safer commonplace of apply throughout the tattoo business.
“Each feminine good friend I’ve … all of us have tales,” she says.
For the occasion, Charest created two units of flash items — pre-drawn tattoo artwork — that purchasers might get finished throughout pre-scheduled time slots over two days final month.
The artwork was purposely hyper-feminist.
“That’s what was significant to me at this second,” Charest says.
One set is completed in stark black, white and crimson. The opposite in black and white with child blue accents. There’s a boxer resting on a stool between rounds, crimson sneakers and gloves and belt. A number of of the pictures are line drawings of ladies’s faces in profile. In a single, the girl is smoking from a cigarette holder, the smoke forming the phrase “no.”
That phrase figures prominently.
The official flash piece created for the occasion has the phrases “no means no” in script, with hearts for the O’s.
The tattoos value wherever from $180-$250 and all the cash was donated to the Rape Crisis Center of Fresno.
Moreover, Charest partnered with the company Sideye Tie Dye to create a particular T-shirt for the occasion. The limited-run shirts, which featured a bit of Charest’s flash, offered out.
SNAFI was started in 2015 by tattoo artist Ashley Love. She had been sexually assaulted by a coworker and afterward noticed an apathetic response from these within the tattoo group. SNAFI was a means for her change that by gathering “the tattooers who cared” to “elevate cash to assist assist the battle in opposition to sexual violence,” Love informed the web site Brit + Co in 2018.
Over time, the occasion expanded from a single store in Brooklyn to almost 100 retailers in america and Canada, the UK, Singapore and Australia.
In fact, not simply any store can enroll and take part.
Charest was one in all simply six in California and the one one within the Central Valley, which suggests she had purchasers touring in from out of city to get work finished.
“That made it really feel such as you had been a part of one thing larger,” she says.
Which she was. Together with creating the flash, Charest needed to attend a seminar with the organizers. She additionally frolicked familiarizing herself with the organizations on the town that assist sexual violence survivors.
All proceeds from SNAFI are distributed regionally, immediately from the retailers and artists.
Charest says she selected Rape Disaster Heart of Fresno as a result of it had an excellent fame in the neighborhood and it’s equitable, in that it responds to all degree of sexual violence.
The middle operates a 24-hour Rape Disaster Line and presents referrals, assist providers and disaster counseling for sexual assault survivors. It additionally gives advocates for victims throughout sexual assault forensic examinations (“rape kits”) to supply advocacy, assist, info, and assist at police interviews, court docket hearings and the like.
As a part of SNAFI, Charest adopted a consumer invoice of rights, which is now posted at her workstation within the store.
Charest has been tattooing for 10 years and not less than half of that point she spent presenting herself in sure methods as a feminine artist. She will be able to acknowledges now the inappropriateness of sure issues that she’d at all times taken as regular within the business, however says these issues are altering.
In the previous couple of years, particularly because the begin of the #metoomovement, there’s been a transfer by LGBTQ of us and others to actively change the unhealthy dynamics that may exist within the business.
“I would like extra alternatives to make use of tattooing to be inclusive,” she says. “How will we begin reframing the business to be constructive.”