The Face the Music Foundation got to attend the 2015 Inked Out New Jersey Tattoo Convention to reach out and raise awareness about addiction and recovery. Many recovering addicts have taken up the trend, permanently marking themselves to celebrate their sobriety and remind themselves of their past. We had a great time getting to meet everybody and hearing some of their stories. We heard stories from some of the most talented people in their industry. It never ceases to amaze us to see how far-reaching the effects of the disease of addiction really is.
Director of Operations Naomi Fabricant was there to tell us all about it, in between getting new ink of her own of course. Throughout the three-day event, Naomi was able to meet so many different people from all different walks of life who got to tell us about how addiction has personally affected them. Whether it was having addicts in their family or being in recovery themselves, everybody seemed to have a story to tell.
Some people, like Chase D, didn’t discover their love for tattooing until after getting clean and sober. “I think when I was getting high I only had this one tattoo of an ex’s name on my forearm. Ever since I got the Serenity Prayer on my ribs at 60 days sober I just kept getting more and more.” Chase is a perfect example of somebody finding them self after getting clean and sober. Denise M. from Vineland told us how addiction been affecting her town. “I hear about it so much lately,” Denise told us, “Both my kids are in high school now and they are always coming home and telling me about another kid dying. It’s crazy.”
New Jersey has been struggling over the last 10 years with the number of heroin overdoses skyrocketing to record highs. It’s truly inspiring to be able to talk those whose lives have been directly affected by this epidemic and are able to come out on the other side. We would like to thank everybody for the warm reception and we can’t wait to see everyone again next year!