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Some stories impress, then fade. Others you never forget, as if they’ve been tattooed on your mind. What about stories of tattoos and tā moko themselves? Gather close among the paraphernalia of a working tattoo studio to hear gifted storytellers reveal the tales behind their ink: what they mean, why they got them, how the world reacts. Conceived and hosted by The Unlikely Librarian, and featuring Wayne YouleRebecca Nash, Whiti Hereaka, Philip Armstrong and Arielle Kauaeroa Monk.

In honour of the event, in September Absolution Tattoo is offering a special WORD Christchurch rate of $150 on flash tattoos (palm sized, one colour): the perfect chance to get your favourite literary quote or motif inked. Check #wordflash on Instagram to see participating artists’ work. $50 from each tattoo done goes to support WORD.

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