ARTICLE GILLIAN SAGANSKY
A NOBLE CAUSE DRAWS OUT SCOTT CAMPBELL, MARC JACOBS, AND NEW YORK'S TREND SETTERS TO INTRODUCE A FEW NEW TATTOO IDEAS
Last night, Free Arts celebrated legendary New York tattoo artist Scott Campbell, who has been heavily involved in the organization that strives to provide underprivileged children with a combination of educational arts and mentoring programs. When Campbell was asked to brainstorm a project that would instill the children with motivation and expose them to his craft, his approach was an interactive one. “In my life there have been people near and dear to me that contribute to my emotional growth and believe in me. I wanted these kids to experience this incredible feeling, of someone believing in you.”
His master plan? Scott shuttled a group of inter-city foster children to his studio and gathered an equal number of random volunteers—all of whom he found through a simple Instagram post.
“I had over 300 volunteers within 24 hours,” says Campbell. On the day of the event, the kids and volunteers gathered in his Brooklyn-based studio for a day of story-telling, art talk, and pizza, before each child was paired with one of the volunteers. The child was asked to draw their name however they wished and Scott tattooed the child’s name on the volunteer. “It’s a kid who they’ve known for just hours and will never see again,” explained Campbell. “That volunteer has to promise from that moment forward, to believe in that kid every time they look at the tattoo—and as a result that child can’t ever say that no one believes in them.”
Campbell’s tattoo? “This great kid Justin drew a tattoo on me. I love it!” Among Scott’s many fans who gathered to celebrate the collaboration was noneother than Marc Jacobs. “Scott’s like family to me," begins Jacobs, "He has such a big heart. My partner Robert and I are big believers in giving back. Anything that stimulates creativity or promotes creativity is worth it."
As for Scott’s next creative endeavor? “Finishing my house so my child has a place to live.” Another noble project.