Organized by: Anna Golladay
Faithmarks is poised to travel the world, but needs several key things:
• 2 sets of smaller size canvases of the entire show - 50 pieces X 2 sets (approx $5000 investment)
• a set of canvases of the newest 28 images, being shot now (approx $3000 investment)
• a travel budget to offset shipping costs - in short, we will rent a van to transport the show to distances that are close enough to drive. (approx $2000 in yearly estimates)
• In Detail:
In 2012, we had a wild idea. What if we found a way to have spiritual conversations with those in our community who are not normally interested in church-speak? What if we engaged in dialogue that opened doors to, not closed them on, the faces of those who seek a spiritual connection? When initially conceived, this initiative was a leap of faith, and although we felt that this kind of inter-denominational and inter-faith ministry was perfect for the Chattanooga community, we had no idea of the type of response and reach it would generate.
Through the help of local tattoo studios and social media, we interviewed prospective candidates for the photography. Persons were asked to share the spiritual story that went along with their tattoo and that story would accompany their image in the show. It was not necessary that the candidates be Christian, but they were asked to have a true spiritual or faith-based reasoning
behind the tattoo.
Once the candidates were selected, all the photographs took place on the campus of St Marks Church in Chattanooga, TN. The church, 100 years old, has a classic and artisan styling that afforded the photographer a great backdrop for the images. The photographers, Tiffany and Patrick Jaworski of Sweet T Studios (a local, Chattanooga-based studio) were thrilled to be a part of this project because they, too, have faith-based tattoos.
The show contains a unique blend of Christian, Buddhist and agnostic spirituality represented in the show. Because each persons “story” accompanies the image, the viewers of the show have a unique opportunity to experience the story surrounding the tattoo in addition to the beauty of the photo itself.
The Faithmarks show has traveled to many universities and churches within driving distance of Chattanooga. It was also invited to be a lead contributor at the Wild Goose Festival (Hot Springs, NC), Blue Ridge Pride (Asheville, NC) and Tennessee Valley Pride (Chattanooga, TN). With this exposure has come a great deal of media exposure and interest in the show to travel farther distances. We have requests from places as far away as London, Las Vegas and Seattle.
The purpose of this fundraiser is to enable the show to "grow legs." Currently the show consists of canvases that are 36" x 48" – too large to ship across country for a West coast viewing. The show requires a part-time staffer to manage the bookings, establish communications and schedule shipping.
The feedback and heartfelt response to the Faithmarks show has been staggering. We are humbled and honored that a small idea, of exploring the stories behind people's ink, has started to change lives and draw persons closer to their own spiritual anchors. Persons who see the show are emotionally changed, spiritually charged and motivated to share their own stories with others. This movement will not only continue to enrich lives, but has the possibility to extend spiritual conversations for many who have long since lost their connection to the One whom they serve.
Won't you help us share this show with the world?