Japanese Tattoo - Victoria, BC (Vancouver Island)

With my recent move to Victoria, BC I hope to continue to have the privilege of creating large scale Japanese tattoo work.  During my decade in Vancouver I was able to carve out a niche in which the predominant style (and scale) of the work I produced was in the Japanese realm.

My imagery is not always strict and traditional, I hope there's a bit of me in each piece ... finding that balance between the past and the present, between the rules and the freedom of creation. I look forward to seeing the new projects which Vancouver Island will bring into my path.

There are a few styles which I love to tattoo.  My first love of tattooing is (and always has been) the Japanese style.  Even when I was in art school studying printmaking I was enthralled by the Japanese tattoo.  This is perhaps where I began to see the crossover in artistic styles, from printmaking to tattooing ... there is a long history which these two forms share.

While living in Taiwan I was honored to have large parts of my body covered by master Diau-An.  This was a few years prior to my getting into tattooing but those long hours spent in his studio still hold sway more than a decade later.  Watching how the pieces were formulated, how they grew and were finessed with each session ... I had no idea how much knowledge I was being exposed to at that point.  I don't profess to be a master as I was not classically trained by a Japanese master.  There are some rules which I may bend and others which I'm likely completely unaware of.  At best I try to bring my own Western aesthetic to a tradition and set of imagery which I consistently try to learn more about.

Victoria, BC Tattoo Studio - Paradigm Tattoo Company - Tattoo Artist - Cohen Floch - Vancouver Island - Tattoo Shop - Japanese - Mandala - Traditional - Tattoos

Always willing to learn, each project is an opportunity to improve.  I aim much gratitude towards all of my clients, past, present, and future.  Thank you all for being a part of this journey.


Merchandising myself ...

It's been a long time coming but I finally had some shirts printed.  Somewhat in preparation for the upcoming Vancouver Tattoo & Culture Show, somewhat because it was long overdue.  So there you have it, my first shirts are available in Women's S, M and Men's M,L,XL.  They're a slim/long fit (American Apparel Summer T), a quality shirt that get's better with time.  I'm selling them for thirty dollars as they're sold for twenty-five as blanks off the rack.  Feel free to grab one then next time you're in the shop, or not, no pressure.  Thanks for taking a moment to read my small sales commercial/shameless advertisement.


We all benefit ...

The longer I tattoo the more my gratitude increases.  I get to cross paths with so many individuals whom I might never come into contact with under any other circumstance.  There are a lot of talented and interesting individuals out there, a lot of inspiring people, a lot of stories, smiles, and thoughts.  Most every day I get to have a conversation with someone I barely knew before, I get to learn, I get to share.  In the end we're there to tattoo but more often than not we both get to walk away with something new; be it artwork or ideas, we all benefit.  Vancouver, you've got a lot to offer and I'm glad to gain insights into lives I may never have encountered otherwise.

While working on a piece for Laura her partner Matt took some time to wander around the shop snapping a few photos.  As it turns out he's a talented fellow.  Here are a few images he sent my way.