Beyond Words - Radclife Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

In March 2019 Dominique was invited by the Radclife Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to share her expertise with a talk about the importance of tattoos as a non-verbal expression of gender identity.

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The full video of Dominique’s talk, including panel discussion and Q&A with moderator Diana Sorensen (James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and Perfume expert Chandler Burr ( Author, The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession (Random House, 2002) and The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York (Picador, 2009); Former Perfume Critic, T: The New York Times Style Magazine) can be viewed below.

"Beyond Words: Gender and the Aesthetics of Communication" is a conference, presented by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, which explores the aesthetics of communication, focusing particularly on how we communicate through the body—how we make ourselves look and smell, move and sound. Spotlighting diverse topics to probe how bodily communication engages the senses in ways that are often profoundly gendered.

Dominique talked alongside experts in the fields of Perfume, ASL, dance, AI and STEM, animal behaviour and film.

Dominique is continuing their work on the topic of tattoos as an expression of gender identity and will be publishing an extended essay on the subject later on in 2019, whilst also delving deeper into the hidden history of the women who have shaped the world of tattoos in a collaboration with photographer Leonora Saunders. More information on this collaboration will be available soon.

 

tattoos: an inkin - tortoise festival of think-ins

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As part of Tortoise Media’s “Festival of ThinkIns”, Dominique took part in a conversation about the evolution of Tattooing in today’s society, alongside historian Dr. Matt Lodder and tattooer and artist Alex Binnie. Led by Editor and Partner Ravin Sampat, the discussion touched upon subjects such as social and historical trends and perceptions, experiences of discrimination based on tattoos, and the problems with misogyny and discrimination within the industry. Highlights of the discussion can be viewed below, and you can find out more about the ground-breaking journalism company at Tortoise Media

Something deep is happening on our skin: an old taboo about body art has been broken in the space of just a few years. Tattoos used to be a sign of seafaring life at best and criminality at worst. Now they're commonplace. What should we read into this new form of expression?
 

get real podcast - SURVIVAL AND SELF-CARE WITH EM LEDGER

Get Real is the podcast for when life does NOT give you lemons, exploring survival via oversharing with guests and on specific themes. Dominique spoke to Em Ledger, host and creator of Get Real Zine, about work/life balance, becoming an accidental therapist, and how to look after yourself when you're self employed. The episode can be downloaded from your usual podcast providers, or you can listen here

 

london tattoo convention: the future of tattooing

In association with Bulleit and the London Tattoo Convention, Dominique joined Dr Matt Lodder, tattooer Ross Nagle and convention organiser and publisher of TattooLife Magazine Miki Vialetto to discuss the evolution of the tattoo world, and what the future of the industry might look like, followed by a Q&A with the convention audience.

L-R: Dr. Matt Lodder, Dominique Holmes, Ross Nagle, Miki Vialetto

L-R: Dr. Matt Lodder, Dominique Holmes, Ross Nagle, Miki Vialetto

 

the beauty project at selfridges

As part of Selfridges Beauty Project, Sali Hughes hosted an evening’s debate on the role of tattoos in the beauty sphere. Topics of discussion included whether tattooing and body modification should be considered as a form of cosmetic surgery, and if it should be deemed a fashion or rebellion. Dominique spoke alongside historian Dr. Matt Lodder, chef and former body piercer Gizzi Erskine, writer Sarah Morgan, and panel host Sali Hughes.

L-R: Sali Hughes, Dominique Holmes, Gizzi Erskine, Sarah Morgan, Dr. Matt Lodder

L-R: Sali Hughes, Dominique Holmes, Gizzi Erskine, Sarah Morgan, Dr. Matt Lodder

 

press and publicity

Dominique has featured in numerous publications. She has been profiled for her artwork and activism in magazines including Kerrang!, Tattoo Life and FMS, has contributed to pieces in Elle, Things and Ink and The Guardian amongst many others, and has been listed numerous times by the like sof PopSugar, HuffPost and Buzzfeed as one of the top artists in the world to follow. A collection of these profiles, articles and news pieces can be viewed via the links below.