• History of FaithMarks

    In 2012, St Marks Church was awarded an evangelism grant from the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. The grant was, in part, awarded in order for St Marks to be able to pursue this wonderful project. The conference felt that this kind of inter-denominational and inter-faith ministry was perfect for the Northshore community and the area in which St Marks makes its geographic home.

    Through the help of local tattoo studios and social media, they interviewed prospective candidates for the photography. Persons were asked to share the spiritual story that went along with their tattoo and that story will be a part of the show. It was not necessary that the candidates be Christian, but they were asked to have a true spiritual or faith-based reasoning
    behind the tattoo.

    Once the candidates were selected, all the photographs took place on the St Marks campus. The church, 100 years old, has a classic and artisan styling that afforded the photographer a great backdrop for the images. The photographers, Tiffany and Patrick Jaworski of Sweet T Studios (a local, Chattanooga-based studio) were thrilled to be a part of this project because they, too, have faith-based tattoos.

    We have a unique blend of Christian, Jewish and agnostic spirituality represented in the show. Because each persons “story” will accompany the image, attendees will have a unique opportunity to experience the story surrounding the tattoo in addition to the beauty of the photo itself.



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  • our creative partners

    • Tiffany and Patrick Jaworski

      When St Marks embarked on this project, the first photographers they approached were the geniuses behind Sweet T Studios. Tiffany and Patrick both have faith-based tattoos themselves, so they were super excited to work with us. As you see, their vision was even more amazing than we anticipated it to be.

    • Carl Greene

      St Marks Church has undergone a revitalization over the last year – much of its success contributed to the hard work of Carl Greene. It was Carl's vision that brought the "tattoo art show" to the surface. In partnership with a grant from the Holston Conference, St Marks was able to pull off this amazing project through the partnership of Carl and Anna.

    • Anna Golladay

      Ever the creative visionary, Anna was overly excited when the subject of FaithMarks was broached. She has managed the creative side of the project in a way that shows both her love for the arts and her love for St Marks and the Northshore community in which she lives and worships.


    • Triple 7 Studio

      Led by award winning artist and owner, Brent Humphreys, Triple 7 Studio was the perfect partner for this project. Bringing integrity and creativity to the "ink" side of the initiative, St Marks was thrilled to have them on board.


    • Lindsay Street Hall

      Lindsay Street Hall was the perfect location for the FaithMarks show – a blend of historic and fresh; beautiful and simplistic.

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    Chattanooga, TN 37401

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  • The Show: Traveling Nationwide

    FaithMarks is a gallery-style show that is meant to travel. It consists of 22 images, all represented on oversized canvases, that can be displayed in a variety of fashions. The show is being made available to churches, synagogues, galleries, community centers and special events on a first-come, first served basis.

    If you are interested, please contact us for availability and pricing.



    The Details

    St Marks will provide you with the following items for your location: • 22 full-size, original canvases (canvases are ready-to-hang) • 22 story boards that accompany the canvases (tells the spiritual story surrounding the tattoo in each image) • an introductory canvas explaining the show • digital marketing packet (includes ready-to-print posters,postcards, facebook posts and web graphics - sent in advance of the show, for you to publicize the event)

    Show Schedule

    University of Tennessee @ Knoxville
    April 2 - April 9
    Welsey Foundation

    The Wild Goose Festival
    June 26-29
    www.wildgoosefestival.org

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