I was very nervous to start getting tattooed by different artists. At the start, I mainly stuck to one shop and the same guys for all my art but after getting a piece done at a tattoo convention by an artist I had never met before I wanted to really start expanding on my "collection"
I loved getting work by guys at Blacksmith Tattoo and It was very important to me, to stay with the same theme/style so I was nervous to let someone else stick colored needles in my skin.
I always tell people who want to get tattoos... DO YOUR RESEARCH! Obsess over the artist you are thinking of getting a tattoo from... Creep the fuck out of all of their pictures and make sure you LOVE their work. You may not be interested in getting the exact tattoo they are showing in the pictures, but you're looking at their level of artistic talent. Can they do multiple styles? Realistic/Portraits/Traditional/Ext - Some artists only focus on one specific style and it may not be the type you are looking for. Do. Your. Research.
Also, don't expect an artist to copy someone else's art. You can't hand them a photo of someone's tattoo and say "do it exactly like that" - you are hiring them to come up with your idea in their own creative style, not replicate something someone else has already done.
If you come across an artist where almost every tattoo they've done is a "winner" you've found your artist. (By that I mean they have everything you are personally looking for) For me: They have straight lines, they work well with colored ink and have their own artistic style that makes every tattoo they do, unique different.
I don't have any "script" tattoos but want some in the future... So when the time comes, I'll be specifically researching artists who specialize in that, make sense?
I had my eye on Ashlie's work for a while and was so excited to get her to come up with a custom mandala for my arm. Those are the kind of tattoos she is an EXPERT on! This was different from any other tattoo I've ever had done. I'd say it was a much more... spiritual experience. We sat down and got to know each other, and she drew this using my energy.
This was also the first tattoo I could not complete in one sitting. I had to heal up the lines before coming back for round 2! Elbows man... Or I guess I sound say... Swellbows! Ow!
If you are in Regina, go visit Ashlie for a custom mandala!
She's a sweetheart
After working in Radio for almost a decade, I wanted to get something to represent that time but I also wanted it to be more than just that... I didn't want to just get something representing the places I've worked, I wanted it to have a deeper significance to me and my life.
I remember my parents owning an old school radio, it was always in their bathroom.. for shower music? I guess? Mom said it was given to them by my grandparents and I loved the way this thing looked ever since I was a kid.
When I was coming up with the idea for this tattoo, I just knew I had to get a photo of that old radio and make it the main focal point of the piece. I also have a "nature" theme going on, on my body, and for now I'm planning to keep going in that direction, so I needed to work in something "floral" - The flowers in this piece represent each of the province's In Canada that I've worked in. I got this done while living in Regina so I still need to add an Ontario Trillium to complete the piece.
Done by Jesse Zaboz who works at Art Sharks in Saskatoon
Oh, if you're wondering... Yes it hurt, especially the hand job part!
This tattoo even ended up winning some awards (It was done at the Pile O Bones Tattoo Convention in Regina)
To this day, I am still IN LOVE with this tattoo and can't wait to add to it!
This was the FIRST matching tattoo I ever got with someone and I cherish it so much! It means something different than the other tattoos because I know it DIRECTLY links me to one of my best friends and I always think of her when I see it.
The story behind this tattoo is... interesting. The first thing people ask when they see it, is "Are you a hairdresser" to which I usually respond "How does my hair look?" and if they say "Good" then I say, "Yes.. I'm a hairdresser"
Spoiler alert... I'm Not.
Siarra and I got scissors because the guys we were dating at the time, didn't like that we hung out so much and would call us "scissor sisters" so we always just went along with it and made super inappropriate jokes when we would have sleepovers.
This tattoo was done at Gaslight Tattoo Parlor in Regina
The scissors point to each other when we put our fingers together in the "scissoring" motion haha!
This tattoo is the other part of the pair, done to represent my parents.
The lantern is for dad. He's always there to get me out of a dark time. My guiding light, to be cliche about it.
He's bailed me out of a few shitty situations. I know I can always count on him.
Tattoo By: Jesse Exner
My mom's a travel agent. I grew up getting to travel every year with my family. Costa Rica, Mexico, Disney & Universal in Florida, Caribbean Cruises... well now I feel like I'm bragging.
This compass tattoo represents my mother! I have a lantern in the same spot on the other arm for my father, but that's for the next blog..
Tattoo By: Jesse Exner
They always say "When you get one tattoo, you'll want another... then another... and ANOTHER!!" They are fucking spot on, whoever "they" are.
Since my first, I've been totally hooked and I cant wait to add more to my "collection"
I have always been a creative person who wanted to be different. Tattoos have been a great way for me to express myself outwardly, as an individual.
Usually people start with something small... but I'm a "go big or go home" kinda gal...
My first was rather large... hehe... that's what she said!
A lot of my work was done by the amazing men at Blacksmith Art Studio in Regina,SK
I try to base a lot of my tattoos around nature, flowers, animals...
Daffodil's represent spring, my favorite time of year and new beginnings! A bird because I enjoy traveling.
The next question that usually comes up is
"How did you tell your parents"....
I get asked about my tattoos ALL THE TIME! So I thought I would share my artwork, and the stories behind them.
This Tattoo was done by Mason LaRose from BC
Not all my tattoos have deep meanings behind them, but this one does.
The elephant has been with me since the first day out of the womb. My aunt gave him to me. This little stuffed Elephant... his name is Charlie. Growing up I always imagined Charlie as this extravagant circus elephant, so naturally that's how I wanted him portrayed. This tattoo took just under 9 hours... we did it in one sitting and it has never needed touch ups! Now Charlie will forever be part of who I am.