The goal is a return to the basics and tradition of a custom tattoo shop. One that is involved in art, which creates all its flash from their own original drawings, a studio that is approachable and friendly. Jesse Longbear and Quinn Patrick are experienced and professional body piercers, the first to offer this service in the area.
“A lot of the tattooists themselves do traditional tattoos – be we do the full spectrum of styles between the six of us here – there is a wide variety of talents”, explains Ed Miller, part-owner of the shop with Mitch Kirilo. From American Traditional, Japanese tattoo art and Neo-Traditional styles to Realism, Portraiture, and contemporary pointillism and lithograph work, the studio has it covered.
“Everything we do here is original. An artist will draw flash out after a consultation, so that we get to the know person first and allow our creations to suit their personality,” explains Mitch, “Custom-made flash was a dying art, but slowly it’s coming back.”
The shop also holds a painting night every Thursday, where the team and other artists come together to build skill and connect with the Vancouver art community. “Not everyone is into the tattoo world, but we’re trying to support parallel worlds,” explains Ed, “It’s all about the art.”
Which is why the team is participating in the Urban Culture Conference, doing live tattoos. They are also nominated for the “Best Tattoo Shop” award.
They will also be hosting a monthly artist feature of local Vancouver artists. Currently featured is local Cam Strudwick. August will be a display by local sculptor that has yet to be announced. Brutally Beautiful, an East Vancouver portrait studio, will be showing their photography this September.
Gastown Tattoo Parlour
t: 604 642 6556
words + photos by Kate Brown