Tattoo Hunter, “Sex Slaves” Filmmaker to Speak at TEDxYYC

Mar 3, 2015

Tattoo Anthropologist, Groundbreaking Documentary Filmmaker, and a Calgarian with an Unbelievable Story at this Year’s TEDxYYC.

Calgary, AB: From brain-tumour survivor, to globe-trotting tattoo anthropologist, to investigative filmmaker, the lineup at this year’s TEDxYYC event is guaranteed to impress. The first three speakers have been announced for the June 26th event, taking place at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, along with the first of three performers.  Audiences won’t want to miss Calgary’s largest TEDx event.  Tickets are on sale now.

Lars Krutak has been described as “the Indiana Jones meets David Attenborough of the tattoo world”. The 43-year old scholar-turned-adventurer hosts the Discovery Channel program The Tattoo Hunter, and has spent the past twenty years learning a thing or two about getting inked. His own scarred and decorated skin is a lesson in the diversity and history of tattoo culture around the world. He has dedicated his life to learning about unique tattoos and the stories behind them.

Another inquisitive mind and intrepid adventurer gracing the stage this year, is Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock. Her edgy, socially-charged documentaries have been creating waves in the film industry, garnering her dozens of awards, including an Emmy and two Amnesty International Awards. Her latest film, “Tales from the Organ Trade” shines light into the dark corners of the global industry of organ harvesting.

Finally, in a poignant homecoming, Steven Keating will return from his doctoral studies at MIT in Boston, to his city of origin to enthrall and enlighten audiences on the surprising rewards of research and the awesome power of technology.   Less than a year ago, Steven underwent a 10-hour awake surgery to remove a baseball-sized tumour from his brain. The incredible story behind the discovery of the tumour and the ways in which Steven influenced the removal process will inspire and encourage audiences to live a life driven by curiousity.

If ticket buyers need more reasons to attend, look no further than the first confirmed performer, Hello Moth. This one-man act doesn’t just make music; he builds it. Layering organic and inorganic sounds using loopers and a keen sense of lyrics and mood, Hello Moth’s performance is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

When: Friday June 26, 2015

Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons

Ticket: General admission, throughwww.TEDxYYC.ca/tickets/

For more information:

Email:                  info@TEDxYYC.com

Twitter:               @TEDxYYC

Facebook:           facebook.com/TEDxYYC

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxYYC, where x=independently organized TED event. At TEDxYYC, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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