Winnipeg Artist 8: Jan Veldman

Jan Veldman works at Gypsy Cat Tattoos in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Matching Russian nesting dolls with totem designs.
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Blackwork death’s head moth.
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Big ole’ werewolf and red moon.
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Badass cobra with witchy hands.
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We all float down here… Pennywise and balloon.
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A Salvador Dali inspired piece.
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Traditional ship with flowers.
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He’s late! Black and grey white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
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Terrifying snake lady with barbed wire.

Jan’s style can be characterized as neo traditional and new school, with a hint of American traditional thrown into the mix. He tattoos everything from classic roses to characters from shows and movies.

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Ghost sheet tattoo with some classic flowers.
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Devilish baphomet in black and grey.
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American traditional style Jesus Christ and cross.
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Hobo cat doing his thing!
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Japanese good fortune Maneki Neko cat.
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A drunk Speedy Gonzales.
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Road Runner and Wile E Coyote.
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Creepy new school spider with eyeball.

Most of Jan’s work is bright and bold, but he doesn’t shy away from some brilliant black and grey work either!

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Neo trad woman and wolf head.
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Classic and deadly scorpion with red background.
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A ghostly Bart Simpson with some script and trad flowers.
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Cute little cactus with budding flowers.
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Bender!
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Bright red chameleon.
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Adorable Michelangelo with his favourite food.
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Super cute new school cupcake.

Bring in your own design or pick one of his. Whatever you choose, Jan is a must see artist in Winnipeg!

Mom Tattoos:

Some great tattoos for all the great mothers out there! Happy Mothers Day!

The classic “mom” tattoo is an American traditional heart with the word “mom”. Nowadays there are many more versions of this, done in colour, black and grey, and many different styles including American traditional, neo traditional, dotwork, blackwork, cross stitch, and realism. Now there is also more than just the heart as a design. There can be flowers, birds, landscapes, and more meaningful pieces that really relate to a specific mom.

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Sacred heart black and grey mom piece by Big Meas at Sacred Heart Tattoo Society in Ohio.
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Knee rose for mom by Brooke Englehart in Chicago.
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Anatomical heart with some colour by Carlos Fuentes at Mystic Owl Tattoo in GA.
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Blackwork anatomical heart by Jake Pierson at Old Soul Tattoo Club.
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Classic American traditional mom heart and flowers by Dana at Lucky 13 Tattoo and Piercing.
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Neo traditional heart and flowers with some great script by Koty Nyman at Heart and Soul Tattoo.
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Tropical landscape mom tattoo by Mike Santa Fe.
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Needle and thread mom tattoo by David Klingenfuss at PMA Tattoo Studio in CA.
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American traditional butterfly mamma piece by Ivan Castro at True Heart Tattoo in California.
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American traditional heart, flowers and swallow for mom by Jennifer Lynn at Trilogy Tattoo Gallery in Florida.
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Neat mom tattoo with crossed wrenches by Lexy Parsons at Tempest Tattoo Studio in TN.
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Beautiful American traditional heart and dagger for mom by Rick Ilcken at Heart Land Tattoo.
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Neo traditional squirrel for momma by Ryan Campbell at Memento Tattoo & Gallery in Ohio.
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Matching colourful mother daughter tattoos by Nat G at Good Luck Tattoo in Melbourne.
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Classic mom heart tattoo by Taylor Estrella at Empyre Tattoo in NY.

Show your love for your mom with a new tattoo!

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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Artist of the Month: Alexander Perry

Alexander Perry works at The Gentlemen Tattoos in Ohio. He specializes in bold, clean American traditional tattoos. His work features a lot of skulls, a lot of roses, and a lot of lady heads.

His work is classic with a bit of a modern touch, with easily recognizable designs, making them visible at a distance.

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Tiny lady head in profile.
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Bigger lady head. Lots of red for this one!
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Classic lady head with a snake and dagger.
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Blackwork lady head and skully.
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Spider lady head right on the chrome dome.
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Don’t fear the reaper!
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Skull with crown of flowers.
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Classic Sailor Jerry skull and snake piece.
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Skull and crossbones.
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Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil skullies.
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Classy smoking blackwork skull.
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Bold rose on the hand.
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Classic peony.
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Fun cartoon eyeball.
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Getting tropical with a parrot, greenery, and a butterfly.

Alex is a must see artist for your traditional needs in Ohio.

Virgin Mary Tattoos:

In the Christian faith Mary is the mother of Jesus, also called mother of God.

In the story of Christmas Mary is visited by an angel and told she will give birth to the son of God.  Jesus is then born in a barn, amongst animals and wisemen. Throughout the bible Mary is constantly seen at her son’s side during his soteriological journey.

Images of Mary often show her praying, or mourning the death of Jesus, sometimes crying tears of blood. She is also often seen wearing blue, crown of 12 stars, pregnant, or surrounded by roses.

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Crying black and grey Mary and angel by david Drohan at Kingdom of Ink in the UK.

Artists such as Michelangelo and Botticelli, and now, tattoo artists all around the world.

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Neo traditional Mary in mourning by Jacob Gardner from Australia.

In tattoo form Mary is often done in black and grey realism, photo realism, American traditional, or neo traditional.

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Black traditional Mary on the back of a head, done by Chris Stuart at Ace Custom Tattoo.
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Full body black and grey Mary with roses and stars by James Armstrong at Holy Mountain Tattoo in the UK.
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Realistic black and grey praying Mary and Rosary by Seyer at Living Dreams Tattoo.
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Realistic black and grey Mary and dove by Tomas Sanchez Pineiro.
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Black and grey Mary with script on the scalp by Nene.
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American traditional Mary with rose by Kanye Sherwood at Flamin’ Eight in London.
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Dark traditional Mary with Sacred Heart by Philip Yarnell at Skynyard Tattoos, UK.
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Full American traditional back piece of Mary with Christ by Zach Nelligan in Austin, Texas.

Which is your favorite?

Dr. Who Tattoos:

Dr. Who is a science fiction show that has been produced by the BBC since 1963. It is a cult favorite show around the world that features, aliens, robots, time travel, and space exploits.

The Doctor (various versions), the Tardis, space whales, Rose, and various villains are popular designs for Dr. Who tattoos. Dr. Who tattoos are often done in American traditional style, neo traditional, realism, black and grey, and watercolor.

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Watercolor space whale by Carl Caracia at Orange Tattoo Co.
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Neo traditional Rose and wolf done by Pete Larkin at Kyklops Tattoo in Pittsburgh.
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Watercolor and script with Tardis and star dust by Tom Cutsinger at Eternal Tattoo in Columbus NE.
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The 10th Doctor and Tardis by Jay Joree in Dallas Tx.
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Traditional Tardis by Ernesto Visser.
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Brilliant realistic half sleeve of space and the Tardis by Neil England at Empire Tattoo in Boston.
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Tardis and angels by Nicole Auletto at Dollhouse Tattoo Parlour in Glendora NJ.
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Watercolor and blackwork piece by Peta Jamieson.
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Realistic half sleeve of Tardis with space background by Teresa Sharp in Richmond VA.
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Tardis in vincent Van Gogh style by Victoria Rose Lundberg at Wild Heart Tattoo in Brisbane.

Fans are extremely dedicated to the show, which is evident from their brilliant tattoos, conventions, pop up shops, cinema screenings, and even symphonic tours around the world.

Winnipeg Artists 1: Carly Montgomery

Carly Montgomery is a Winnipeg tattoo artist who works out of First String Tattoo. Carly has fantastic attention to detail, doing both colour and black and grey work, as well as fantastic script.

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Fun lazy sloth with script
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Hedwig and Hogwarts for Harry Potter fans
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Partially finished Japanese koi leg piece
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Bright and colourful peacock
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Wrapping crow
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Deaths hand moth and tree

Carly has done a number of my own tattoos, including these.

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Black and grey chest piece. Anchor, rose, and heart.
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Calf knight, bat wings, and tree.
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Carl from Pixar’s UP.
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Harry Potter quote and Deathly Hallows mark.

Be sure to check Carly out if you’re going to be in Winnipeg!

Game of Thrones Tattoos

A Game of Thrones is the first novel in “A Song of Ice and Fire”, a series by George R. R. Martin. It was published in 1996 and won multiple awards. The following books were equally as popular.

The HBO TV show came out in 2011 and it was an immediate hit with fans around the world; also winning multiple awards over the years. The books and shows diverse characters and fantastical world make for great tattoos, as well as hundreds of memorable quotes. Here are some of my favorite Game of Thrones tattoos!

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Quote and dire wolf/Stark House by Fran at Inky G’s in Wolverhampton, UK.
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Badass realistic White Walker by Georgi Kodzhabashev at Iron & Ink in Southern Denmark.
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Classic “Winter is coming” a with traditional wolf done by Heather Bailey at Black Heart Tattoo in San Francisco.
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Realistic and bloody mother of dragons done by Jose Rosado at Black Tie Parlour in Miami.
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King slayer! Done by Kate S. Art Gallery Tattoo in New Jersey.
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“Not Today” quote and tombstone done by Landon at Gristle Tattoo in Brooklyn.

Stranger Things Tattoos:

Stranger Things is the popular Netflix show that came out this year, 2016. Featuring a great cast of Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalie Dyer, and Charlie Heaton, the show was an instant hit with fans. The show takes place in the 1980’s and pays homage to 80’s pop culture such as, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, George lucas, and others. The sci-fi horror show follows the disappearance of a young boy in a small town. The boys friends,brother, and mother, separately discover that something is wrong with the disappearance. A telekinetic girl named Eleven is found by the young boys, and helps them find their friend. Friendship, otherworldliness, and a need to belong are strong themes in the show, and make for great tattoos. Fun characters, an unpredictable plot, and a distinct nostalgic factor also make this show appealing straight away.

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“Run” with Christmas lights done by Jon Larson in Tampa, Florida.
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Great blackwork biking into the forest done by Cody Smith at White Bluff Tattoo Co. in Savannah, GA.
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New school El portrait with her number done by Angus Wall at Awol tattoos in Galway.
Stranger things El's own tattoo done by Torie Watooth at Jackson Street tattoo in Seattle
Another number eleven done by Torie Wartooth at Jackson Street in Seattle.
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Fun cartoon portrait of Dustin done by Jeremy Zettler at Perfect Image tattoo in Ontario.
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Coffee cup, quote, and lights done by Amber Bananafish at Bananafish tattoo parlour.

Considering the show has only been out a short while, the immediate fan base is quite strong, and of course, with that, comes tattoos. These next four are all done by pop iconography master Matt Daniels at Studio IX in Manchester, UK.

Which one is your favourite?