From Tattoos to Breaking Toxic Masculinity: We’re Totally Loving These Artists!

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    ICYMI, Tinder, LBB and Gaysi Family are coming together to create Queer Made - a digital space for products, services and businesses owned and run by India’s LGBTQIA+ community.  

    With Queer Made, we have been able to discover and amplify some unique businesses: where you will soon be able to shop from as well! This curation aims to celebrate varied art forms, from tattoos and digital illustrations to crochet-works and books, magazines and so much more! Take a look.

    Dream Inc.- Krishna

    Have you ever heard of a tattoo studio that travels in a backpack? Introducing Dream Inc, run by Krishna, a traveling tattoo artist who does just that. She inks her way through different cities, creating intimate tattoo designs on client's bodies in the privacy of their homes. She does this because she wants them to feel absolutely comfortable when getting inked. Hit her up via her Instagram Page

    Bomma - Nat Francis

    Whether it is wearable art, tunes or an illustration that speaks the language of the heart, Bomma by Nat Francis is your one-stop shop for all things creative.

    You can find the 23-year old Bengaluru-based queer musician's music on Spotify, Apple Music, and Gaana, and shop for his custom knit-wear designs and fluffy crochet apparel via his Instagram page. That's not all, he also makes merchandise like hoodies, coffee mugs and wall art featuring abstract acrylic paintings and surreal digital illustrations. 

    Bomma's belief is that everyone deserves to have a piece of art that reflects who they truly are and what matters to them. So the next time you're on the lookout for a new sweater, a portrait of bae, cover art for your latest single, or even custom Pride merch, Nat is your guy. Head over to his Instagram page to get updates on everything new! 

    Riddhika (published author)

    Riddhika Jain is a young and upcoming self-published author based in Kolkata who started writing when she was just 19 years old. She started out with publishing short stories online and has now 3 sapphic novellas behind her. Her small business is run along the lines of her favorite quote (no pun intended) - ‘come for the lesbians, stay for the plot’. Her first book Detention talks about coming to terms with one’s sexuality, while Scarred explores social issues like domestic violence, marital rape, mental health, women empowerment, and issues faced by the LGBT+ community. Life Isn’t All Rainbows & Unicorns will be her third book (to be released on October 8, 2021) as a sequel to Scarred.

    You can find her books and other writings on her website.  

    Soft - Rohan Dahiya

    Have you ever engaged with the idea of toxic masculinity and why it still exists in the 21st century? Introducing Soft, a digital space born out of the explorations of a Delhi-based artist that explores the themes of toxic masculinity and its various cultural forms. 

    The first ever project from Soft was a magazine called I My Our Lovely Adventures and Misadventures. It is a freeform narrative by founder Rohan Dahiya that reflects on his personal experiences. Rohan is an author, poet and artist who will be donating 50% of sales from his magazine to queer-focused relief organisations in India. Head over to Soft’s Instagram page or Rohan Dahiya’s website and leaf through I My Our Lovely Adventures and Misadventures.