Roller Derby Pioneer
These are just a few examples of the roles that Abby Jean Goodell has in her community. She is a highly recommended tattoo artist and co-owner of INK Tattoo in Superior, Wisconsin.
We reached out to Abby for Women’s History Month because if she isn’t on your radar for making history and helping folx yet– she definitely should be now! Her compassion and hard work have impacted so many people in our region and we want to celebrate that! Abby is a mighty ally to have for so many people, and we want everyone to have to opportunity to know how she’s made the world a better place with her powerful work.
I grew up in Elk River, MN and I am a first-generation college student. I completed the Minnesota transfer curriculum at Anoka Ramsey Community College, then transferring to UMD to get my BFA in Studio Art and Photography.
I am a founding member, former skater, and volunteer for Harbor City Roller Derby in Duluth/Superior. In addition, I’m a former league member of North Star Roller Derby in Minneapolis and Minnesota Roller Derby in St Paul. During that time, I had many roles in all of these leagues. Some of those roles included: skater, captain, coach, and trainer, held committee chairs, was on the board of directors, announcer, and even mascot. Through derby, I have volunteered and helped fundraise for and supported many amazing organizations such as the Ann Bancroft Foundation, FB4K, Special Olympics, GSA, etc.
Before being called to my tattoo career I worked in a variety of different jobs that have given me many skills and a lot of perspectives. The most recent being in higher education at Century College. Where I was a CLA working directly with students and faculty in the Ceramics and Photography labs. And as a Direct Support Professional with AME Community Services, serving people at home, and in the community with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
In 2016 I moved to Superior, WI to start my tattoo career. I feel my role as a tattooer is to collaborate with my clients and help them love and/or reclaim their bodies through art. Also through my tattoo work, I have been able to support many important causes and organizations through fundraising and volunteering. Most recently we raised over $3,000 for Black Table Arts, Juxtaposition Arts, Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, Black Women Speak, and North Side Business Support. Our shop also donates regularly to fundraisers for PAVSA, CASDA, First Witness, HOTDISH Militia, Sacred Heart Music center, Prøve Gallery, and many other awesome local organizations.
I am a mentor to a very fun 11-year old through Mentor North, we were matched in July 2020.
I’m working on forming an organization focused on getting underserved kids/teens access to joy through getting them roller skates, skateboards, and other kinds of wheels. Keep an eye out for All Skate No Hate events this summer! I have worked on many other random projects throughout the years including making the logos for FEMN Fest and Progress North.
Helping to build a better world where all have opportunities to live a healthy, joyful, and meaningful life no matter their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, and social/economic status is what I’m invested in. We all do better when we all do better!
I enjoy connecting to my community through my tattoo and artwork, roller skating on our gorgeous trails, catching some local live music like the Homegrown Music Festival. Attending and being a part of Duluth and Superior Pride. And volunteering and fundraising for local causes when I can!
Abby Jean Goodell is a member of the Progress North Advisory Committee
We are so proud of her contributions to her community and grateful for the chance to work with her!