quite simply, a
show exploring the
intersect of spirituality
and the art of tattoos
In 2012, Carl Greene and Anna Golladay, pastors at St Marks Church 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, not closed them in the faces of those who seek? This initiative was a leap of faith for Carl, Anna and the St Marks community. Although all felt that this kind of inter-denominational and inter-faith ministry was perfect for the Northshore community and the area in which St Marks makes its geographic home, there was no telling of the response or the reach.
Through the help of local tattoo studios and social media, they interviewed prospective candidates for the photography. Persons were asked to share the spiritual story that went along with their tattoo and that story will be a part of 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 St Marks campus. 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.
We have a unique blend of Christian, Jewish and agnostic spirituality represented in the show. Because each persons “story” will accompany the image, attendees will have a unique opportunity to experience the story surrounding the tattoo in addition to the beauty of the photo itself.