Winnipeg Artist 7: Stephen McConnell

Stephen McConnell is an artist at Main Street Tattoo Collective in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Neo trad bear with beautiful fall leaves and bright red sun.
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Dark Kylo Ren portrait.
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Matching hammerhead shark and great white in American traditional style.

Stephen’s work ranges from black and grey, to realism, watercolor, American traditional, blackwork, geometric, and neo traditional.

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Beautiful American traditional shoulder rose.
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Black and grey skull and mask.
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Huge black and grey owl with geometric patterns and some dotwork on the sternum.
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Blackwork creepy shrunken head.
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Travel themed piece with hot air balloon and luggage!
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Fantastic portrait!
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Geometric half sleeve with both black and red, creating a brilliant duality.
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Painful full torso crane with dotwork halo.
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American traditional lady head.
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Creepy Norman Bates with his house.
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American traditional French Bulldog portrait!
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Three forearm mandalas.
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Amazing almost finished realistic lion half sleeve.

Stephen McConnell is a must visit artist in Winnipeg!

Winnipeg Artist 3: Jade Harper

Jade Harper is a tattoo artist and owner of House of the Rising Sun in Winnipeg. Jade does mainly blackwork American traditional pieces, but has been doing more bold colourful works recently as well. She’s also very well known for her cowboy and cowboy girl pieces.

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Bold bear and elegant script.
Butterfly and laurel hand tattoo.

Due to the current pandemic (April 2020) Jade and other artists cannot tattoo temporarily, but she is still selling paintings. Check out her Instagram to do so, linked above.

Butterfly chest tattoo.
Negative space traditional flower.

Jade has a large amount of her own tattoo flash to choose from, and she also takes ideas, and will make changes to her own flash to suit the client’s needs.

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Healed cowboys in love.
Bright and bold peacock.

Jade focuses on being inclusive in her shop, and is proud to be the owner of the (currently) only queer owned and operated shop in Winnipeg. She acknowledges that tattoo shops can be a (sometimes) intimidating place, particularly for those in the LGBTQ community, as well as people of colour, so she’s created the space to be a welcoming place for all.

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Roquefort the mouse from Disney’s The Aristocats.
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My own “hang in there” noose from Jade.

Jade is a must-see artist in Winnipeg if you’re passing through, or a local looking for someone great!

Lady head in a spiderweb.
Cowboy girl portrait.

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Hot Air Balloon Tattoos

Hot air balloon tattoos usually symbolize a need for adventure and or travel. They are often done in traditional style, new school, neo traditional, black and grey, or water colour.

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Brilliant hot air balloon carrying a castle in the sky, done by Uncle Allan in Berlin, Germany.
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Colourful little balloon done by Sasha Unisex.
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American traditional hot air balloon done by Mikael Harrstedt done in Skövde, Sweden.
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Creative American traditional take on a hot air balloon by Ivan Antonyshev done at Mainstay Tattoo in Austin, Texas.
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Water colour hot air balloon done by Iiona Kochetkova, a travelling tattooist based at Good Sign Tattoo.
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Traditional double exposure hot air balloon by Dima Naumov at WitchWood tattoo in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Black and grey Tim Burton inspired hot air balloon done by David Boggins at American Crow tattoo in Columbus Ohio.
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Water colour, experimental hot air balloon done by Cüneyt Kolata done at Golden Arrow tattoo.
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Black and grey hot air balloon done by Clay McCay at Anonymous tattoo in Savannah, Georgia.

Which one is your favourite?

Artist of the Month: Alejandro Prada

Alejandro Prada is a 23 year old blackwork, dotwork tattoo artist from Madrid, Spain, tattooing out of Kaifa’s Tattoo Studio. He mainly does geometric and mandala pieces, but his style can encompass everything from happy hot air balloons, to macabre skulls. Alejandro’s tattooing shows incredible attention to detail and diversity. He is a must see artist to anyone looking to be tattooed in Spain.

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Delicate Peony flower with light grey geometric work beneath.
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Detailed mandala with lacework.
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Stag skull, this must have taken a long time!
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Simple geometric arrow design on the ribs.
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Hot air balloon inspired by the Disney/Pixar movie ‘UP’. Alejandro’s own style shines through well in the balloon.
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Stag beetle and mandala. The use of white ink really makes the beetle pop.
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Badass skull half sleeve.
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Simple but bold face piece.
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Mandala and geometric silhouette of meditation.
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Huge half mandala for the ribs.

Which piece is your favorite?

Artist of the Month. Dale Sarok

Dale Sarok is a tattoo artist out of Vida Loca Tattoo in Bolton, UK. Dale does black and grey work, making great use of dead space on client’s skin. His work is incredibly detailed, and often features whimsical creatures, various religious imagery, and geometric shapes. He is also an illustrator and often uses quite large canvases for his work. He has done album artwork for the band “Counting Days”.

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Detailed torch with excellent use of dead space in the flames.
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An x-ray of an orca whale.
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Macabre butterfly with skull.
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Hot air balloon with anchor, featuring designs similar to those found in mandala’s on the balloon.
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Fierce, snarling wolf head. Look closely at all the detail in the muzzle of this creature.
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Viking ax with celtic knots within the blade. Incredible detail in the woodwork.
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Skull with mountain landscape. Great amount of detail in such a small space.

Some incredible mythological creatures. A great mix of macabre and elegance in these pieces.

Dale also does the occasional portrait piece. Any fans of “The Adams Family”?

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Tree growing out of an anatomically correct heart. This is another example of fantastic use of dead space, both in the leaves and the heart. The roots of the tree blend seamlessly into the veins of the heart.
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A religious Sacred Heart.
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Dale always does fire beautifully.

Two full sleeves featuring skeletons, skulls, and lots of geometric work. These must have taken a very long time to do with all the detail put into them.

Myself and many others look forward to seeing what Dale will bring to 2016!