About the speaker

We know we’re down to the wire this month, but we believe it’s all going to be worth it this Friday! We’re thrilled to be able to welcome Kurt Gohde, half of the Kurt and Kremena duo, who has helped ArtWorks bring the CincyInk and the Cincinnati Tattoo Project to life! Join us to hear Kurt talk about their inspiration, the process of capturing a love letter to a city and how they’ve managed to turn that poem into 263 tattoos! We’ll also get to hear from a couple of the first tattoo recipients about why they wanted top be a part of this project and what their phrase means to them!

ArtWorks CincyInk is an interactive, city-wide celebration of love for Cincinnati! Kicking off at the 2014 Midpoint Music Festival, CincyInk began with a call for words, stories, poems and other written expressions of love for the Queen City. Submitted online, at libraries and numerous open-air street festivals, over 1,000 people shared their passion for Cincinnati in prose and poetry. These crowd-sourced contributions were crafted into one large poem by the Cincinnati poetry collective Chase Public titled “Seven Hills and a Queen to Name Them.” This poem is meant to be shared and is the foundation for the Cincinnati Tattoo project as well as numerous public art works and community activities. The entire project will wrap with a celebration in November.

The Cincinnati Tattoo Project, presented by ArtWorks, is the vision of artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova and is modeled after their previous Tattoo Projects in Detroit, Boulder and Lexington.

Seven Hills and a Queen to Name Them was underwritten by The Johnson Foundation and crafted by Chase Public.

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