This site has been created in response to the recent natural disaster in Japan. The goal is to unite tattooers globally to show their compassion and gratitude to a country and culture that has influenced most of us artistically and personally. All of us owe a large debt of gratitude to Japan for its contribution to tattooing and the trade we are all so passionate about. Tattooers for Japan, a loose association of tattoo artists from around the globe managed to raise over $65,000 by doing nothing more than donating their time and efforts. This year I am asking the same of our industries most talented artists. The Goddess of Mercy Art Show & Auction will be held July 25th at The Anza Club in Vancouver BC. All proceeds from the sale of art will be donated to grass roots efforts in Japan to provide needed supplies to those most greatly affected. Currently there are over 70 artists confirmed to participate including Steve Moore, Dave Cummings, James Tex and Aaron Bell. Kannon ( aka Kwan Yin ) is the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy as represented in Japan. Using her for the theme of the show seemed natural. What better way to symbolize our efforts to give back to a culture that has given our craft so much than to use one of their own icons. It is also my hope that this subject matter will continually inspire those that purchase them to live compassionately. Let the Japanese foundations of respect, compassion, and integrity inspire you to help!"