Tatzoo: Wildlife advocacy meets tattooing

Got a tattoo of your favorite endangered species? If you’re my age, you’ll probably answer “No” with an annoyed look. However, if you’re a twentysomething, I may have you thinking “Heyyy – that’s a great idea!” Generation Y is into its tatts, as well as making the world a better place. If someone figured out a way to bring those two things together, they’d likely have plenty of people willing to pitch in.

Well, somebody has done just that. Molly Tsongas founded Tatzoo after first considering tattooing her whole body with endangered species as an act of advocacy. She thought better of the idea, and decided to make tattoos the reward for completing training in media creation and activism, and designing a “badass group project” aimed at the protection of endangered species. The first class of Tatzoo fellows went to work in 2010; the organization will be hosting a ten-week training this Summer with free wildlife tatts for all those who complete it.

I’m just a bit late to the game in one sense: last Friday was the last day to apply for this Summer’s training. But if you’re in the 18-30 age range, and live in the Bay Area, this may be something to think about for the future. Tatzoo seems to being doing a great job of building partnerships with like-minded organizations and people, so I’m guessing there will be more opportunities to take advantage of their unique blend of training and inking.

My fellow fortysomethings may be aghast, but they’ll get over it. If you’re interested in learning more about Tatzoo’s work, they’ve made a ton of videos, and, of course, have more information on their website.

via Grist


Image credit: Screen capture from “Tatzoo Bootcamp” video