I would like to open up about something I find extremely painful and difficult to accept. That is the predatory behavior, sexual assault, and harassment perpetrated by Watson Atkinsun. He preyed upon numerous women who have come forward, sexually violating them from a sacred position of power which is tattooing. This has hit me especially hard as one of those women was a friend and client of mine who was introduced to Off the Map through following me. This was a friend who brought me into her home and trusted me. She trusted that Off the Map was a safe place for the arts. I had thought the reason Dana grew away from me was due to some other life events, and had no idea the horrible nature of what had transpired under my very nose in 2014. When I had left Off the Map tattoo at the turn of 2018 I did so in a Proffesional manner, not mentioning that I had experienced a hostile environment with decision making that I saw as dangerous and unethical, and often neglectful of the safety or well being of my coworkers. I saw over time that the morals that once attracted me to the studio were no more than propaganda targeting and falsely aligning with various alternative social groups that became more and more clear were only for monetary interests. I left because I felt I could no longer trust Gabe To morally represent me, and felt the name I had built was no longer safe tethered to him. Apparently I had no idea exactly how correct I was. I hereby condemn the disgusting actions of the sexual predator Watson Atkinsun, and his knowing enablers. I permanently sever all ties to Off the Map, TattooNow, and the Paradise Tattoo Gathering.
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