Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
We are excited that Karl Lokko will be our keynote speaker at graduation this year.
Karl Lokko is a 25 year old former gang leader who has now turned his life around, further this he has managed to harness his life experiences which has propelled and uniquely situated him as an activist/influencer within the U.K. Karl is a gifted orator with a rare ability to connect with people on a human level, granting him undoubtedly the role of a bridge, bridging worlds and uniting community. Karl Lokko’s oratory capacity came into the light through the unfortunate and unsettling 2011 riots, where he was called upon to speak and express the hard to articulate feelings of the community in which he lives in.
Karl Lokko is now an ambassador for Kids Company, a ‘Big Changer’ and consultant for Big Change, a tireless community worker and campaigner working to reform gang culture in the U.K, currently doing the ground work to establish this country’s first therapeutic community gang rehabilitation centre whilst at the same time affecting policy around the issue. Karl is undeniably one of the most potent young voices in the country and demonstrates this through various mediums.
We asked Karl a few questions to get to know him better:
1) Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to?
Karl: Mosquito Island (Necker Island). Marrakech is a very close 2nd.
2) What is on your bucket list (either things to do or places to travel)?
Karl: (It) would be to climb the Matterhorn Mountain.
3) What scares you (something silly or more deep is fine)?
Karl: I get claustrophobic. So anywhere I can’t leave or (that is) a bit tight. Also the Sea, the sea is a big beast, very deep.
4) Are there any television or movie characters that remind you of yourself?
Karl: I would say Ragnar Lodbrok from a television program called “Vikings”.
We are looking forward to hear Karl’s commencement address in June. If you have not already reserved your alumni tickets for commencement and are still deciding if you will attend please contact Laura Gardner ASAP letting her know that you are still mulling it over!