SOAPBOX Gala 2018: Getting to Know Tattfoo Tan

Tattfoo Tan


On May 22nd, The Laundromat Project their annual SOAPBOX gala in New York City. SOAPBOX brings together hundreds of New York's most influential people to raise funds that support local artists using their work to create social change. We'll be profiling my fellow honorees, artists and honorary gala chairs to get to know them and their work.

Tattfoo Tan is an artist who collaborates with the public on issues relating to ecology, sustainability and healthy living. His work is project-based, ephemeral and educational in nature. Here's a glimpse into what makes Tattfoo tick:

Who is a person in history that inspires you?


Buddha, Mohammad, Jesus. They are activists and reformers in their time. Their ideas influences millions. See them without the organized religion that their name attached to.

How did you get started in the work?

What work? I just have fun discovering myself. I learn, practice and teach. It is a seamless process from life to art, and art back to life.

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Who is your community?

LP is my community, my neighborhood is my community, ecology minded artists are my community, I belong to many but identify with none.

What is your superpower?

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Surrender. It will illuminate the mysterious journey you are on.

How do you think art can do more?

Art can do more or less, it depends on the needs of the world or community. See it as a tool: not every problem will use the same tool. See it as an identity, something you can embrace and disrobe. See it as a system, something that you subscribe to and you can update.