Human Rights Tattoo: 1cm2 of your skin for human rights

Human Rights Tattoo is tattooing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 6773 people around the world.  


One character – one person.

This Declaration, starting with ‘All human beings are born free and equal’ defines the moral principles of being human in 30 articles, containing 6773 letters. Together this tattooed community will carry this Declaration through-out their lives, for a lifetime. The tattoo is not only a self-reminder, this community spreads these words by talking about their tattoo. 

Human Rights Tattoo has grown into an amazing community of so far 4257 participants, from 72 different countries. This group is united on its website where every person and every tattoo is documented by a photo of the tattooed letter, a name and a motivation in text. Currently you are able to read the first 22 articles in tattoos. 
The impact of this project is growing with its numbers. The community is an amazing mixture of people, young and old, from the slums of Nairobi to the streets of Manhattan, activists, lawyers, politicians and CEOs. 


Human Rights Tattoo was started in 2012 by Dutch community artist Sander van Bussel:


“I felt I needed to use my ideas and talent in the best possible way, to use art as a spark for social change”


Instantly Human Rights Tattoo received invitations and bookings from around the world and became a bundling of talents; tattoo artists, festivals and museums, protest organisers, translators and volunteers; they all contribute their talent and time. With these tattoo events worldwide the project built this community, letter by letter, activist by activist, to create hope and awareness in a world where human rights are under attack at large. With still 2500 letters to tattoo, the project is open for new cooperations!


Please take 8 minutes to watch ‘EMMALIA/ Letter 3647: i. (TOP LEFT)

This video about a transgender woman from Kampala is one in a series

of short documentaries from the Human Rights Tattoo project.