Healing ink at the Israel Museum

Some of the world’s leading tattoo artists are in Jerusalem to tattoo victims of terrorism and soldiers injured in war

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
October 19, 2016 20:15
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US TATTOO artist Joe Capobianco.. (photo credit: YOUTUBE)

In collaboration with the Israel Museum, 11 of the world’s most well-known tattoo artists will tattoo victims of terrorism and soldiers wounded in war in order to contribute to their rehabilitation.

The artists will work in the museum’s galleries, alongside the pieces that inspired them, ranging from ancient statues to contemporary paintings and sculptures.

The event, which takes place tonight in collaboration with Artists 4 Israel, aims to help those suffering from trauma to transcend their physical suffering by covering their scars with meaningful body art. Among the participating artists is Joe Capobianco, known for his role in the television shows Best Ink and Ink Masters, who will tattoo Gabriel Bennahim, a Lone Soldier from France injured during duty in Gaza. The tattooing will take place next to a magnificent bronze statue of Hadrian created during the Roman Empire in the 2nd century CE.

Megan Wilson, one of today’s most influential female tattoo artists, who provides free tattoos to victims of domestic abuse, will tattoo Ira Benimovich, a mother of three whose right leg was amputated after stepping on a mine near the Syrian border. The tattooing will take place in front of Nathan Coley’s contemporary light installation, “Gathering of Strangers,” created in 2007.


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