Would You Get a Tattoo for Human Rights?

When Amy Novogratz (former director of the TED Prize) invited me to her downtown NY apartment to get a tattoo, I knew there had to be more to the story. And of course there was. She was hosting an event for Dutch artist Sander van Bussel and his ambitious Human Rights Tattoo project that involves tattooing the complete Declaration of Universal Human Rights with the full 6773 characters, letter by letter, on 6773 human beings around the world.

You might think that everybody knows these 30 Human Rights, but that is far from the truth. And it is impossible to respect and protect these rights if they are not known.

Sander van Bussel – a visual artist, is part of the Tilburg CowBoys, from The Netherlands, known for their social art projects. The murder of fellow artist Steven ‘Nyash’ Nygah in Nairobi this year motivated him to bring awareness to the issue of human rights by uniting a group of individuals from all over the world who wholeheartedly support the 30 articles specified in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, formulated in December of 1948 in direct response to the ravages of the Second World War. Read the full text here.

Ten lucky people were tattooed this week at Amy’s apartment (I missed out!). If you want to get your own Human rights Tattoo, head to The Northside Festival in Brooklyn today, Saturday June 13. From 2-8pm at the Amos Eno Gallery tattoo artists Emily North and Dorothy Lyczek will be inking up participants 2396 and on.

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