Born into a back-to-the-land artistic family, I grew up in rural Saskatchewan. I spent my childhood drawing and creating, fostering an imagination and artistic ability to fill the time and space in a somewhat isolated community. This grew into an education in the arts as I eventually earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Saskatoon. Soon after that, massive student loan debt and a willingness for adventure aimed me towards Taiwan. While there, I began getting tattooed by Taiwanese master Diau-An. He embodies all that I love about the tattoo world, a man who carries himself with dignity and pride; an astounding artist to say the least. This relationship acted as the catalyst and inspiration for me to pursue tattooing as a career.
Upon returning to Canada I began my attempt to find an apprenticeship. In a short time I was taken in by Art at Funhouse as shop-help; the position which is proving ground to edit out those not dedicated to what is soon to come. While there I met Jeremy and soon after he created Tattoo Union in 2008. It was here that I learned to tattoo. In 2013 I opened Paradigm Tattoo Company and had the privilege of working alongside Mikel (an inspirational tattooer in both his work and life) for approximately a year. Since then it's been me, a solo artist in a semi-private appointment based studio.
As of December 2016 Paradigm Tattoo has shifted to a new location, from Vancouver to Victoria.
Now, numerous years later, what seemed like a long and convoluted path feels like a direct line from past to present. Each day I strive to get better, this is something Diau-An instilled in me. He was thirty years into his career and still spoke about learning each day. I take this job seriously, it envelops most aspects of my life and I constantly attempt to give my clients the energy which they deserve. I pride myself on being prepared and professional. Each tattoo that I produce is a representation of me and my capabilities. My concern is in producing quality artwork rather than a quantity of generic tattoos. I want to be proud of the work I create and I want my clients to be equally proud to wear it. I look forward to the coming years, the individuals I will meet and the artwork I will produce ... these are just two of the amazing benefits of this career as a tattoo artist.
I am an appointment based custom tattoo artist. I'm sorry, I do not accept walk-ins.
Please submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultation. The email should contain a brief description of the tattoo you're looking to receive. An idea of the general imagery, style, placement, and size are all very helpful in the preliminary stages. Once I have this information I will respond with options for dates and times to set up an in-person consultation.
I charge $180 per hour of tattooing. Consultations and drawing time are free.
Thank you for your interest in my work.