EPISODE 9 – Iqaluit
Written and directed by Jason Brennan
Northern Canada is home to the oldest tattooing traditions on the planet. Ippiksaut Friesen, a well-known young Inuk artist, was inspired to follow the many Inuit women before her and develop tattooing skills for her sisters. Notwithstanding the challenges in maintaining and reclaiming Inuit traditions in a world strongly affected by contemporary society and climate change, the importance of female tattooing among Inuit women continues to grow. Ippiksaut hopes to play a vital role in the resurgence of traditional tattooing.
Ippiksaut Friesen is an Inuk multimedia artist from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. She has a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts from Emily Carr University and attended the Earthline Tattoo training residency where she learned the art of Inuit tattooing with hand poke and skin stitch. She currently resides in Iqaluit and has been helping women reclaim their culture through intricate tattoo designs.