Sema Dayoub

Nassim “Sema” Dayoub is a Queer Arab artist living and working in New York City. Known for their work as a tattoo artist, painter and writer. Each aspect of their practice is informed by their lived experience as a transgender Syrian-American. They strive to make work that helps the wearer, viewer or reader feel liberated and empowered.


Curriculum Vitae
  • Selected Exhibitions

    • 2023

      You Make My Desire Pure

      Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

    • Better World

      Blade Study, New York, NY

    • 2022

      You Make My Desire Pure

      Flower World, Brooklyn, NY

    • You Make My Desire Pure

      Heather Gabel Studio, Chicago, IL

    • 2021

      This Heavenly Body

      Studio Show, Chicago, IL

    • 2017

      Altar to the First Year

      TCC Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • Tattoo Work

    • 2024

      Resident Artist

      Flower World, Brooklyn, NY

    • 2021

      Founder and Resident

      Time Being, Chicago, IL

  • Publications

    • 2024

      Follow Your Obsessions

      Demystification Magazine

    • 2022

      For the Love of Tattoo

      Brown Recluse Zine Distro

    • 2021

      Tattoos Made My Body Feel Like My Own

      AutoStraddle Magazine

    • 2020

      Contributor to "Could This Be Magic? Tattooing as Liberation Work" by Tamara Sanitbanez

      Afterlife Press

  • Interviews

    • 2021

      Spotlight: Sema Tattoo

      LVL3 Chicago

    • A Welcome Gift: Interview with Sema Dayoub

      Tattoodo

    • 2020

      Interview

      Vice UK

    • 2019

      Interview

      Bustle

    • 2018

      Interview

      ID: Vice

    • Interview

      Chicago Reader

  • Notable Guest Opportunities

    • 2023

      Cold World 31

      Barcelona, Spain

    • 2022

      Idle Hand

      San Francisco, CA

    • 2020

      Saved Tattoo

      Brooklyn, NY

    • 2019

      Old Habits

      London, UK

    • Yala Punk

      Philadelphia, PA

    • Spiral Tattoo

      Ann Arbor, MI

    • 2018

      Expo Chicago
      Part of Amina Ross’s “Free Fruit” Installation providing tattoos

      Chicago, IL

    • Like a Dream

      Berlin, Germany