Meet Eeden (they/them or he/him) also known as Enx; a passionate practitioner of Advocacy Arts, campaigning for creative catharsis. Their work adapts expressive activism as a tattoo ritualist, painter, punk musician, herbalist & teacher. Of mixed heritage, they aim to address implications of generational trauma with a holistic framework in both service & creation. In the same breath, as a survivor living with “invisible” disabilities, they are a spokesperson for equitable support through mutual aid. Together, these experiential values cultivate the blueprint for spirituality & artistry as recovery. E is bilocational, often traveling to share creative medicine with diverse audiences.
The Garden is a lifelong remembrance: the cultivation of their study as a multidisciplinary advocacy artist, merging with intentional multidimensional education.
Get to know E’s activism collective here, Healing and Trauma Informed Working Group.
• OSHA Certified Body Artist since 2015
• 13 years in Fine Art, Seasoned Teacher
• NSA Certified in Mental Health Awareness
• Creator of Art with Intent Workshops
• Level III Reiki Instructor (RMT)
• Trained Priestex Arts Practitioner & Minister
• Community Clinical Herbalist
• Certified in Curanderismo SouthWestern Traditional Healing via University of New Mexico
"I grew up in an abusive home, which resulted with mass confusion that only art could clear. Between defining myself apart from the destruction & openly adoring all things punk or queer at a ripe age, there was work cut out for me. Incessantly silenced or exploited as a trafficking survivor, the true avenue for expression was always creative - my inner child knew doing so was an act of reclamation & rebellion."
"As the years went on, impressions left by East Bay Punx & early crossroads with the paranormal, primed me for the obscure. I set out to pursue tattooing at the same time as a double major in Studio Art & Psychology, getting my footing while rawly uncertain. To me these worlds were inseparable from those of energy, witchcraft & history - it was a shock to me that there were no readily accessible links between them in place. I began channeling this into my approach of survivor leadership, in the form of Advocacy Arts."
"It took discipline, research & determination to piece together the fragments of what Spirit ran through each experience, what message was underneath. Throughout this time, the practice of Advocacy Arts developed in a symbiotic compliment: Prophecy Canvas for the crossover & Sacred Pokes to honor body art origins. Now symbiotic as a set of wings, these projects sing to collective integration of culturally creative progress. My narrative has reframed into revitalizing our birthrights as Reality Participants, reconciling the wounds to generate pure & unapologetic magick."
A publication created by Naomi Hurley, dedicated to showcasing the works of women, PoC, & the LGBTQIA community in arts, activism, & attitude.
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I shed the scales
that were engrained into my
genetic integrity, so they drop
off my skin
one by one.
From the bones that built
this sanctuary of a body
shelter from the storm,
to the break of a nail
whole, I become.
Within a flame of the
ancestors who brought me here,
I break down my doubt
I demolish my fear
good riddance, my threshold.
Only I will, swiftly and alone
surpass each gateway,
outward from here
this chest pounds courage
into my capillaries, threefold.
By virtue of knowing what
spot is tender on this skull, I hone
its sensitivity, an Achilles Heel
to a hum of heart-space
giving guidance by tone.
Saying “Listen in the cold,
for it is
Sip in the boiling sun,
for it is
I follow suit.
In the presence of extremities,
when my wounds are wet
and faintly dripping
I hear an earthen child calling,
their embrace an honor.
She has chosen her guardian
to be the one who fought for
what’s lashed and plagued her,
taking the whip
instead turning it against
This poem is self-published, & soon to be available on a downloadable manuscript. Note: Train River Publishing utilized this working in the first edition of their initial Anthology under unethical practices, I do not endorse them nor Amazon.
Cat Party #5
Featured in Cat Party #5, a “lost & found” style installment curated by Katie Haegele. Ranging from silly to heartbreaking, and everything in between, these stories strive to show us all an important truth: Love for and acceptance of cats is ultimately a love for and of life.
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