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Tattoos have long been an art embracing, and embraced by, outsiders. But for LGBTQIA+ people, tattooing has not always been as open and inclusive business as it has become, especially in places like Nashville. In the last couple of decades, as newer generations have taken up the art of tattooing, more women and LGBTQIA+ people have joined the ranks of the best tattooers in the business. And the fact is, nowadays, out members of our community would be welcomed by many artists in most shops in metro Nashville.
But tattoos, like weddings, often hold great meaning for those getting them, so a bad experience at a shop risks a deeply personal disappointment. For that reason, it is best to do a little extra research into tattooers, beyond browsing social media for the perfect artist with just the right style. When contacting your artist, it is not inappropriate to ask whether they are an ally. Or, better still, if their style suits your tattoo, seek out and support LGBTQIA+ artists.
Writhe Grey (she/they) @writhingdirty
Being a queer tattooer is a blessing and a sacred responsibility. It’s reinforced the importance of community in my life. It’s helped me shape and mold friendships and relationships. It’s taught me vulnerability, trust, and compassion (as tattooing is such a precious energetic exchange). And It’s also taught me a lot about communication, consent/boundaries, and how to hold space for each other.
My favorite style to tattoo is linework and dotwork. It’s been the style that I’ve preferred to work in throughout my whole life. Mastering fine lines and intricate detail are things that are of the utmost importance to me in my career.
I would love to work more with gay and erotic themes! Maybe in baroque style, melding together romance and smut. Bodies are so rad! Let’s decorate them with dirty drawings.
Madeline Wolf (she/her) @maddietats
I started as a tattoo collector with no plans to become a tattooer, but my mentors, X. David Williams and Aaron Richards talked me into it, thankfully. I've been tattooing in Nashville for 20 years now. As a tattooer, I've been influenced the most by everyone I've worked with over the years, including those I had a hand in teaching.
I enjoy working in simple, traditional, and illustrative styles. Floral designs and horror stuff are my favorites, (vampires in particular). I'm always impressed by successful use of abstract forms in tattoo and hope to get into some of that in the future.
Maddie identifies as queer, transgender, and uses she/her pronouns.
Auroura (they/them) @Auroura
I think some clients have a very hard time deciphering my gender, so I open up with my pronouns and ask what theirs are so I can give everyone the respect they deserve. Ultimately do my best to carry myself in a way that most people generally feel comfortable around me, because I take the perspective that everyone deserves acceptance and positivity. I always make sure my clients know that wherever I am is a safe place or I wouldn’t be there. It’s ultimately brought a lot of attention to making sure everyone is comfortable making changes to their bodies and get the support they need. I’m also so grateful that I get to work on such a variety of amazing humans and learn about different kinds of people in the LGBTQIA community that feel comfortable telling me their stories. I’m pretty open minded and I really love hearing about everyone’s journey and progress in finding who they really are.
My favorite styles are neotraditional in color or black and grey, neorealism, large scale, sacred geometry, dotwork, engraving. I get asked for all of these styles a lot, but most of all I really love tattooing bugs.
I love anatomy and the human form in art and feel like all the different kinds of beautiful people deserve artwork that represents them and their body type or their identity or their relationships. Also I’mma just say one more time that I love to tattoo bugs or anything spooky. But most of all I’d really love to tattoo anything that makes you especially happy to live in your body.
Devon Greig (she/her) @theswiftstorm
I had just come out as pansexual when I started tattooing in Memphis. Apprenticing at a shop with misogynistic owners was tough, and I had to prove that I really wanted this career. Unfortunately like in many scenarios today, they simply didn't understand, and holding my tongue and playing nice was the safest option. But things got a little easier as I moved around to a couple other shops, then I met Tai Orten. When she offered me the job at Alchemy I couldn't possibly refuse. I can be proud to work for a queer-friendly shop and feel comfortable myself while also providing a safe space for my clients.
I've moved into doing a lot more watercolor pieces, when it's fun to keep the design loose and lively. I love doing pieces that are expressive, maybe with a slightly magical feeling.
I'm really interested in the overlap between body positivity and being queer. As someone who self-harmed in the past, I know all too well how familiar that can be to other queer folk. I'm a big believer in tattoo therapy. So if you have scars you need covered with something beautiful, I would love to help you on that journey of growth.
If you are, or know of, LGBTQIA+ tattooers or graphic artists designing tattoos, please refer them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.