Stoop Series /

Skin as a Canvas: Tattoo Tales

A storytelling event  featuring tattoo stories from people of all walks of life.


Apr 26, 2016 • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM




BRIC House Stoop
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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  • Photo: Jason Wyche

  • (L to R): Isaac, Hattie Mae, Emmy, and Cozi

As author Jack London once said, “Show me a man with a tattoo, and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” This storytelling event will feature tattoo stories from people of all walks of life describing personal anecdotes on reasons for getting a tattoo, the meaning behind each piece or the experience itself. We’ll also discuss the history of tattoos and the art of tattooing, including stories from Isaac FitzgeraldHattie Mae WilliamsEmmy Favilla, and Conz Preti.

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He is the editor of BuzzFeed Books and co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them.

Hattie Mae Williams is a compassionate activist who is reclaiming and reframing public spaces through sites specific work. A Miami native who received her B.F.A from The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Fordham University program and is currently completing her Masters at Goddard in Interdisciplinary Arts. In 2003 she established her Interdisciplinary dance company The Tattooed Ballerinas, forming roots  in site specific dance.

Emmy Favilla is a Brooklyn native who currently lives in Queens with her cat, dog, and two rabbits (and boyfriend). She's the copy chief at BuzzFeed, where she regularly fields questions like "How do you spell yaaass?" (just like that), and author of an upcoming book on language and the internet. Prior to BuzzFeed, she was copy chief at Teen Vogue and had a handful of writing and editing stints in the magazine world. Emmy is a proponent of the serial comma, active in local animal-rescue efforts, and the proud owner of a tattoo of the copyediting symbol for the em dash.

Conz Preti was born in Argentina and grew up bouncing between Colombia and Brazil. She is the Regional Director of the Americas for BuzzFeed, lives with her mutt pup Violet and her bearded boyfriend in Williamsburg, has 10 tattoos of which the first she got at 18 years old after promising her parents that she would only get piercings until she was in college.

Illuminating the arts and life around us in Brooklyn, BRIC’s Stoop Series features artistic performances, presentations, participatory activities and dynamic conversations. Drop in and explore music, visual art, film, media, storytelling, comedy, and other creative fields.


* Admittance is first come, first serve.
* The Stoop has a limited capacity and seating is NOT guaranteed.  


Venue Information:

The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work.