For nearly 12 years, people the world over have been lining up to tattoo their faces and cover their mouths with duct tape. And not in a fetishy way whatsoever.
It all started on November 4, 2008 when photographer Adam Bouska and his partner Jeff Parshley started taking photos of LGBTQ people and their allies wearing the now-iconic silver tape over their mouths (representing their voices being silenced by the passing of Prop 8 in California) and the NOH8 symbol emblazoned on their faces.
This was a dark time for LGBTQ equality (among many over the decades), but even though we now have the right to legally marry nationwide, the symbolism behind the NOH8 campaign continues to inspire and remain as relevant as ever. Its mission now is to stand against bullying and hate of all kinds.
This weekend, you can keep the movement going strong by posing for your own photo in Dallas with social distancing and plenty of other safety measures in place. (Sadly, you won’t have the parade of hunks helping you get ready for your closeup as shown in the main image of this story, but there’ll still be some masked eye candy to be sure.)
Anyone attending the photo shoot this Sunday at W Dallas-Victory will be required to wear a white shirt, keep six feet away from people in front of them, apply their own NOH8 temporary tattoo (or have the logo added in post production), wear a face mask throughout the process except during the quick photo session itself and pre-purchase photos via the website to reduce payment interactions.
Best of all, co-founder Adam Bouska will be taking the photos himself, so you’ll end up with not just a powerful image, but a true work of art. The world is filled with hate right now, but together we can show that there’s more than enough love to cancel it out.
NOH8 Dallas Photo ShootPhotos by Adam Bouska
Sunday, August 9
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
No reservations required
Solo photos: $40
Groups/couples photos: $25 per person
2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas