Posted on januari 16, 2013


The Human Rights Tattoo project is an art project to create awareness and underline the importance of Human Rights. The idea originates from Sander van Bussel – a visual artist, who takes part of the Tilburg CowBoys, The Netherlands, which is known for their social art projects. The murder of fellow artist Steven ‘Nyash’ Nygah in Nairobi this year motivated him to pursue this idea. The project is set up as a collaboration between Mundial Productions (The Netherlands) and Tilburg CowBoys.
The goal is to tattoo the complete text of the Declaration on individuals, letter by letter. The complete text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights contains 6773 letters. Each person gets one character. This means that in the end, there is a group of 6773 people from all around the world walking together with the complete text of the Declaration of Human Rights. To tattoo the complete text we need 6773 individuals to offer a small piece of their skin. The size, place or colour of the tattoo is not important.
Having a letter of the Human Rights Declaration means you are reminded of yours and everybody else’s rights. It is a way of putting your signature under the Declaration of Human Rights only this time a piece of the document is signed on you. You will carry it with you. For the rest of your life.

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