I'm a Melbourne based writer with a B.A in politics and sociology and an M.A in literature and communication. My intellectual passion resides in studying the absence of substantial and effective rites of passage for young men in contemporary society. I hope to begin my PHD thesis on this topic next year, however, this year I am undertaking a short thesis positioning Western tattooing as a postmodern rite of passage.

I have been published in a range of international and national print and digital publications including The Guardian, Modern FarmerVICEThe Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, and Dazed & Confused Magazine. I'm a regular contributor to Things & Ink, an online tattoo culture blog, and Inked Magazine, Australasia's largest tattoo publication. 

I also started Thing Gallery, an online gallery of tattooed silicone hands and supplier of silicone products. Here's a recent interview I did with VICE about this project.

Last year I curated Beware of the Thing, a charity exhibition showcasing tattooed silicone hands and sheets from artists across the globe and throughout Australia. We raised funds for SafeSteps and WIRE, two Melbourne based organisations dedicated to providing support to women and children experiencing domestic violence. 

I'm always looking for stories and collaborations, so feel free to contact me at fareed@thingsandink.com or use the form below. 

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