We attach meanings to the tattoos engraved (temporarily in this case) onto our bodies. The symbols or words ingrained on our skin strike a chord with our beliefs and convey a visual message to those around us; this is the purpose of tattoos
On the 9th of August 2014, a group of four girls came together to form Team Colours and organised a carnival, Colourval, in conjunction with the Citi-YMCA Youth For Causes (YFC) 2014 project to support their chosen Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO), Club Rainbow. Carrying the intent to raise awareness for the children of Club Rainbow suffering from chronic illnesses (e.g. congenital heart defects, rare genetic disorders) amongst public members, Team Colours challenged the National Record of the Largest Display of Paper Doves aspiring to bring peace, love and hope to their beneficiaries.
With the help of many others, Team Colours managed to hold a successful event at *SCAPE where the 7-hours-long event featured tattoos by Gumtoo. Gumtoo kindly provided the participants with a handful of designs, of which the Rainbow tattoo received the greatest attention as it tied in with the concept of bringing happiness to Club Rainbow and adding colours to the lives of the beneficiaries.
Now you may be skeptical about this and it will probably sound really cliché, but images do in fact convey so much more than words ever will and the simple tattoo designs were all that was needed to garner so much support for the event. Instead of the usual intimidating in-your-face publicising, our participants threw away that overly courteous "Good morning Sir would you be interested in supporting the Rainbow Children?" facet to replace it with a set of tattoos on their arms which spoke for themselves.
The innocence and child-like bliss was instantaneously captured by the tattoos' simplicity, evoking some sense of nostalgia as passers-by were reminded of their childhood and conscience moved them to do their part for Club Rainbow. Temporary tattoos, in particular, are symbolic of the transience and fragility of our childhood due to its impermanent nature. It was simply perfect to have had the opportunity to work with Gumtoo.
It truly was a simple and perfect day.
Submitted by Team Colours