10 Indigenous Tattoo Artists to Support:

Today ( June 21st 2020) is National Indigenous People’s Day. Indigenous people have a rich history of body modification, including tattooing, which is still being practiced today.

Haida inspired pieces by Mikel at https://www.instagram.com/mikel_tattoosangha/?hl=en
Tipi/teepee by Vince at https://www.instagram.com/badboyvince3090/?hl=en

Before colonialism ravaged North America, tattooing and other traditional body modifications such as piercings were practiced widely by different people throughout what is now Canada and The United States.

Hand poked design by Nahaan at https://www.instagram.com/nahaan206/?hl=en
Hand poked and skin stitched by Quill at https://www.instagram.com/raunchykwe/?hl=en

These tattoos were meant to represent family, clan crests, social rank within a clan, their relationship to a specific territory, and even hunting and fishing rights.

Skin stitched blue berries done by Amy Malbeuf at https://www.instagram.com/amy.malbeuf/?hl=en
Hand poked trees by Jaime at https://www.instagram.com/intheforest.tattoo/?hl=en

Tattooing and piercing are just two ceremonial practices that were forbidden by colonists in an attempt to stamp out Indigenous culture, and today, many artists are bringing it back.

Hand poked and skin stitched flowers and fish by https://www.instagram.com/audie.m_/?hl=en

North American Indigenous designs are similar to those of the Maori people of New Zealand. Geometric patterns using black ink, produced generally by tapping or threading the ink into the skin using a natural rod or thread, also called “hand poked” or “skin stitched” tattoos.

Hand poked chin tattoo by https://www.instagram.com/kaniyewna.tsyeyatalu/?hl=en

Placement is also similar between the cultures, often placing important tattoos on faces and hands, among other body parts.

Hand poked chin tattoo by Dion Kaszas at https://www.instagram.com/dionkaszas/?hl=en

Indigenous tattoos traditionally take inspiration from nature, such as animals, plants, and the elements. But of course Indigenous tattooers can and do work in other styles.

American traditional pirate pieces by Cam Von Cook at https://www.instagram.com/camvoncooktat2/?hl=en

To learn more please check out

https://www.earthlinetattoo.com/home

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/08/23/these-five-indigenous-tattoo-artists-are-reawakening-cultural-practices

https://www.indigenoustattooing.com

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Feel free to link more artists below, as well as any further readings on Indigenous tattooing and modifications.

Disney Tattoos:

Disney tattoos for the kid in all of us. Disney has been around since 1923 when Walt Disney started it in a small office in Los Angeles.

Mimi Madriz in Madrid
To infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear! Done by Mimi Madriz in Madrid.
Kenny Kurtis in Marina, CA
Never grow up, Peter Pan piece done by Kenny Kurtis in Marina, CA.
Alex Rowntree Northern Glory Tattoo Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
The Beast with his rose done by Alex Rowntree at Northern Glory Tattoo Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Chris Block, Fallout Tattoo Studio
Black and grey hyper realistic cheshire done by Chris Block, Fallout Tattoo Studio.
melvin arizmendi, San Diego
Puppy Lady done by Melvin Arizmendi, San Diego.

The big kahuna, “Mickey Mouse” was born in 1928, followed quickly by Pluto, Goofy, Donald, and the rest of the original gang.

Vince Rebel Waltz
Cute little Chip and Tinkerbell done by Vince at Rebel Waltz in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Abbie Williams
The pumpkin king himself done by Abbie Williams.
Chris Speer in Groton CT
Genie as Patch Adams done by Chris Speer in Groton CT.
Jackie Huertas
A spooky Mickey and Minnie done by Jackie Huertas.
Michela Bottin
A cool looking Hades done by Michela Bottin.

In 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was finished, as the first feature length Disney animation. From there Walt continued right on with Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo.

Andy Walker
Baloo and Mowgli done by Andy Walker.
Craig Secrist at Heart of Gold Tattoo
A more realistic Anna and Elsa done by Craig Secrist at Heart of Gold Tattoo.
Jerred Kincaid
New school Disney animal sleeve done by Jerred Kincaid.
Miss Mae La Roux
Ariel done by Miss Mae La Roux.

By the late 80’s and early 90’s Disney reached new heights, making hundreds of millions off its films. In 1994 The Lion King became one of the highest grossing films of all time.

Carly Baggins at Wright Street Collective, Perth
You’ve got a friend in me. Done by Carly Baggins at Wright Street Collective, Perth.
Isnard Barbosa
Lion king sleeve with the bad guys! Done by Isnard Barbosa.
Kadee Spangler, Michigan
Stitch enjoying the ugly duckling done by Kadee Spangler, Michigan.
Nikki Jo at Guilty Cat Tattoo
Matching Aristocat tattoos done by Nikki Jo at Guilty Cat Tattoo.

Now in 2018 Disney continues to be extremely popular with both children and adults.

Carly Baggins, Perth, Australia
Snow White’s poison apple done by Carly Baggins, Perth, Australia.
Lindsay Baker
Badass Malificent head piece done by Lindsay Baker.
Linzi Compher at Family Tradition Tattoo in Mooresville NC
Atlantis, a much underrated Disney film. Done by Linzi Compher at Family Tradition Tattoo in Mooresville NC.
Rich Bayley at Queen Square Tattoo Club in Wolverhampton
Moana piece done by Rich Bayley at Queen Square Tattoo Club in Wolverhampton.

Disney tattoos are done mainly in new school style, as the majority are cartoons.

Carly Montgomery
Carl ready for adventure by Carly Montgomery at First String Tattoo in Winnipeg Manitoba.
Jackie Huertas at Davinci Tattoo in Wantagh, NY
Cutest lil Bambi done by Jackie Huertas at Davinci Tattoo in Wantagh, NY.
Liv Frost
Inspirational Baymax by Liv Frost.
Steve Compton
Brilliant Great Mouse Detective piece done by Steve Compton.

What is your favourite Disney movie?

Artist of the Month: Vince (Emerald Club)

Vince is a Canadian tattoo artist working out of Emerald Club Tattoo in Selkirk, Manitoba.. Vince does brilliant American traditional work, creating his own original work as well as doing the shop’s flash work.

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Classic clasped hands and wreaths.
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Badass wolf head!
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Bright lighthouse.
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Aboriginal girl head.
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Angry snake head.
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Classic swallow, lantern, and “dad”.
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Skull, scythe, and spider web.
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Disney piece featuring Chip from Beauty and the Beast and Tinkerbell from Peter Pan.
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Eagle!
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Beautiful stag and traditional flower.
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Japanese peony!
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Bold stomach scorpion.
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Aboriginal styled bear paw and head.
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American traditional deaths head moth.
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Brilliant traditional dragon!
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Bart Simpson skull.

Vince is a must visit artist for you walk in and American traditional needs!

Pokemon Tattoos

Pokémon is a Japanese video game, card game, and television show, that was started in 1996 and is now one of the most popular forms of children’s entertainment in the world. Pokémon features fantastic creatures that need to be caught, trained, and battled against other people. In the video games, people can now even battle and trade with their friends, making it more of a community than it previously was.

pokemon Brandon Flores at Taiko Gallery in Berlin
Charizard done by Brandon Flores at Taiko Gallery in Berlin.

Fans of Pokémon are very dedicated, and some show that dedication by  having their favorite Pokémon tattooed on themselves.

pokemon Jackie Huertas at Davinci Tattoo in Wantagh, NY
Eevee and pokeball done by Jackie Huertas at Davinci Tattoo in Wantagh, NY.
pokemon Jan Veldman Gypsy Cat Tattoos Winnipeg
Raichu by Jan Veldman at Gypsy Cat Tattoos in Winnipeg.
pokemon Joshua Budgen at Electric Skull in UK
Squirtle and charmander with flowers by Joshua Budgen at Electric Skull in the UK.
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Pikachu also by Joshua Budgen.

The majority of these tattoos are from the first and second generation of Pokémon, but some people who are fans of the more recent games and generations will get the newer Pokémon tattooed.

pokemon Vince Rebel Waltz Winnipeg
Squirtle by Vince at Rebel Waltz Tattoo in Winnipeg.
pokemon Matt Daniels StickyPop Uk
8 bit pikachu and pokeball by Matt Daniels at Sticky Pop in the UK.
pokemon Michael Mankin at Studio 13 Tattoo
Magikarp sushi by Michael Mankin at Studio 13 Tattoo.
pokemon Nghia Chung in Westminister CA
Japanese style Gyarados half sleeve done by Nghia Chung in Westminister CA.

These tattoos are usually done in a new school or neo-traditional form as the subjects are cartoons and are bright and colourful.

pokemon Nicholas Keiser at Integrity Tattoo in Royersford, PA
Neo traditional Scyther and pokeball done by Nicholas Keiser at Integrity Tattoo in Royersford, PA.
pokemon Nick Solomon at Art Machine Productions in Philadelphia
Neo traditional Cubone by Nick Solomon at Art Machine Productions in Philadelphia.
pokemon Silvio Voodoo Valda at Voodoo Ink
Ghastly, Haunter, Gengar chest piece done by Silvio Voodoo Valda at Voodoo Ink.
pokemon Steven Compton in Texas
Bright Lapras done by Steven Compton in Texas.

Which is your favorite?