To ensure that all members and non-members of the tattoo community are safe, protected, and welcomed, and to create environments that are free of harassment and discrimination. These ethical principles act as a reminder to each member and non-member of the tattoo community that they are responsible for their words, actions, and behaviours.
This Code of Conduct will remain in effect for the duration of this and future tattoo conventions. The parameters of this document extend to include any associations or affiliations with respect to the convention, such as:
This Code of Conduct applies to all participants, including artists, clients, vendors, and public visitors.
Tattoo conventions are designed to provide tattoo enthusiasts and practitioners with a professional, informative, and accessible environment to learn about, create, and discuss the art of tattooing. As such, tattoo conventions should be safe, respectful, dignified, and free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.
An ideal tattoo convention atmosphere is one where individuals from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences can collaborate and interact in an affirming, positive manner. Examples of encouraged behaviours include:
This Code of Conduct strictly prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination including, but not limited to, harassment and discrimination on the basis of:
Any and all forms of harassment and discrimination (both physically and online) of, or by, artists, vendors, visitors, and clients will not be tolerated. Examples of harassment and discriminatory behaviour include, but are not limited to:
While it is not possible to identify all possible circumstances that may constitute as harassment, the above examples provide clear indications as to what is and what is not considered acceptable behaviour.
Please note that all tattoos artists have the right to decline projects at conventions, however, declining a project based on a client’s skin colour, body type, or gender is not an appropriate basis for refusal and will not be tolerated.
Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature consitutes as sexual harassment when, for example:
While it is not possible to identify all possible circumstances that may constitute as sexual harassment, examples of sexual harassment that will not be tolerated include, but are not limited to:
It is important to note that the intentions of the person exhibiting the inappropriate behaviour/actions matter less than the impact. Innocent or ill-intended, the negative impact that such behaviour/actions have on the recipient is why these behaviours/actions are considered sexual harassment.
Any unwelcome, non-consensual physical contact that is sexual in nature is considered sexual assault. Oftentimes, the behaviours associated with sexual assault are forceful, threatening, intimidating, or coersive. Examples of sexual assault include, but are not limited to:
Important Note to Tattoo Artists: Occasionally, clients request that tattoos be placed in private areas of their bodies, which inherently makes them more vulnerable. As a professional tattoo artist, it is your responsibility to ensure your client’s safety and comfort by:
While not all unfavourable actions are considered harassment or discrimination, the following behaviours are deemed inappropriate and therefore, are actively discouraged:
Any individual who has witnessed or has been subject to any form of discrimination or harassment is strongly encouraged to report the incident immediately. This can be done via:
In your report, please include:
In order to protect the responding team from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate complaints may be deleted without response.
Code of Conduct violations will not be taken lightly. Each report will be treated with the utmost seriousness and care.
Reports of harassment will be promptly dealt with directly by convention organizers on a case-by-case basis. Each case will be reviewed by a panel comprised of the following individuals:
This panel will explore the report promptly to mutually arrive at a suitable response, which will be shared with both the reporting individual and the offender privately. This may include speaking with the parties involved and any witnesses, with a view to resolving the problem informally. The review of the complaint will be handled confidentially and will only be considered resolved once the complainant has indicated that they feel as though it has been resolved.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Consequences for violations of the Code of Conduct may include, but are not limited to:
If an individual’s safety and security is actively being threatened, convention organizers reserve the right to take immediate action of which they deem appropriate.
We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we've received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of our community members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.
What is expected, however, is that all participants of present and future tattoo conventions own up to their mistakes and make a clear and conscious effort to improve.
If you are made aware as having, consciously or otherwise, acted in a way that may make others feel uncomfortable or unwelcome:
We firmly believe in building for our community, with our community.
As such, we welcome and invite any and all feedback as it relates to this Code of Conduct. If you have suggestions on how we can improve this Code of Conduct to better serve artists, clients, vendors, and other public visitors, we want to hear it!
Please direct all feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
We believe in empowering the tattoo community at large and making resources accessible to artists and shops that are committed to creating safe, affirming, and positive spaces.
We encourage and warmly invite any tattoo shop or studio to adapt and implement this Code of Conduct for their own businesses.
In recognition of the Indigenous origins and sacred nature of tattooing, and in the spirit of respect, reciprocity, and truth, the Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival honours and acknowledges the land upon which we are situated. We honour and recognize the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations–Indigenous and non–who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.