How To Tell A Good Tattoo From A Bad Tattoo

For individuals beyond the tattoo industry, it may be hard to tell if a tattoo is bad. Think it or not, however, lots of people out there don’t understand that their tattoo is poorly done. However, for those of you that wish to guarantee that you go to an artistically and technically qualified artist, listed […]

Tattoo Aftercare: What You Need To Know

A tattoo is more than simply a piece of art and a way to assert your personal design. At any time you open the skin, you leave yourself vulnerable to scarring and infection. Caring for your tattoo can avoid those problems and guarantee that the tattoo heals properly. Both you and your tattoo artist play equal functions […]

Thanksgiving is here! New F***ing line of products

Hi, we’re Painted People Soap Company, nice to email you again! We realize it’s been a while since our last newsletter, and while we have a plethora of great excuses (see tattoo studios have kept us busy; the pandemic and our crazy divisive world makes it hard to think; and of course dingo ate our […]

Tattoos Burlington

Our downtown Burlington Tattoo Studio features some of the best tattoo artists Burlington has to offer. Painted People Tattoo Company, a well-established tattoo studio with venues in Burlington and Toronto, consists of our co-owner and head artist Asia, along with her husband Nick and her extended family of talented tattoo artists. Having produced some stunning […]

Tattoos Toronto

Many people don’t realize that you could find a tattoo in Toronto before Toronto even existed. That’s because, like most of Ontario and other parts of North America, the original inhabitants of the area were creating intricate body art long before our ancestors arrived or the City was founded. Since then, tattoo culture has continued […]

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Amazing Apprentice’s First Tattoo!!

Our tattoo apprentice did her first tattoo yesterday! It was exciting getting to watch our new apprentice Hannah Doherty tattoo for the first time yesterday. Nick had offered some skin for her to practice tattooing at the start of the summer, and yesterday she was confident to take him up on his offer. She chose a very […]

Black Style Tattoo in Progress

BLACK TATTOO COVER-UP IN PROGRESS You’ve seen plenty of videos of various folks getting tattooed. Well, what makes this video extra special is that the tattoo is not only a cover-up (Asia’s so good, not sure if you can tell this is a cover-up tattoo), but it’s also very reminiscent of a painting Asia did for me […]

Getting Your First Tattoo in Burlington

The idea of getting a new tattoo is a big step and very exciting. It’s certainly full of exciting moments, and the fact that this is your first tattoo is very impressive to begin with. But there are some fears here and there, which you can avoid if you know exactly what you are doing. […]

How to Pick a Tattoo Artist in Toronto?

Getting a new tattoo is an exciting experience and it’s also a whole lot of fun. However, finding the best tattoo artist to help you can be a bit tricky. There different options and you want to work with vetted professionals, people that have a lot of experience in the industry and which know how […]

Estimates/Booking

Use the form below to describe your vision for the tattoo or to request a consultation / booking. If looking for an estimate, please be descriptive. For bookings, review our pricing & payment page; we typically start with a free consultation for larger work; Note that custom drawings or to have a confirmed appointment, a deposit will be requested; Last, but not least, remember to check your junk / spam email folder in case you don’t hear from us within 3 days.

Christel

ABOUT CHRISTEL

Christel is not only a very gifted and versatile tattoo artist, she is one of the friendliest and nicest human beings we’ve encountered in a while.

As an avid animal lover, Christel frequently volunteers at animal shelters and selflessly shares her time working with animal charities. Recently, her volunteering took her to Costa Rica, where she worked on helping with horses and various animal species (seeing her work with sloths just melted our hearts).

Christel is comfortable doing various tattoos styles. What attracted us to her as an artist is her fine line work and expertise when it comes to cover-up tattoos. Christel over the past few years has worked hard in perfecting her scar cover-up skills (see her website for sample work of 3d nipple tattoos and scar masking tattoos), combined with her color work and her stunning drawing, we’re proud to be associated with her.

Note that Christel has a private tattoo studio in Oakville and is currently only available at our studio based on appointments. Drop us an email via info@paintedpeople.net if interested.

Hugh

ABOUT HUGH

We’re thrilled to welcome Hugh, who is a seasoned professional tattoo artist of over 10 years, to our North York tattoo studio starting in December.

Hugh’s artwork speaks for itself. As someone that does stunning traditional tattoos, we quickly bonded with him based on his passion of art and general outlook on life. We’re confident his personality is a great mesh for our studio and all of our clients.  

Reach out to Hugh via justhughsteele@gmail.com or stop by our Toronto tattoo studio any Tuesday to Saturday to say hi.

Rebecca

ABOUT REBECCA

Rebecca is a natural artist quickly honing in her skills as an apprentice in our Toronto studio. From a very young age, Rebecca has enjoyed all forms of art ranging from film and animation to painting and illustrations.

Similar to her mentor, Ashley, Rebecca describes herself as an introverted individual who’s confidence and expression comes out in her work, and, in her ever changing hair color.Rebecca has an interesting outlook on getting tattoos, seeing them parable to decorating one’s home. Rebecca, who relates to being shy and feeling awkward, feels a sense of empowerment from decorating your own space. She wants to help others in their own quests for empowerment while flexing her artistic abilities.

The tattoo styles she’s most interested in are blackwork, pointillism, and Japanese traditional flowers. Rebecca loves to continuously grow and learn new art styles, and is always seeking available canvases to practice her craft. Reach out to her via her Instagram or stop by our Toronto studio any Tuesday, Friday or Saturday to say hi.

Gel

ABOUT GEL

Gelene (or Gel), as many natural born artists tend to do, has been creating art since a child. Her work ranged from drawings to illustrations and led her to acquire an Advanced Diploma in Media Arts from Sheridan College in Oakville. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she moved around with her family during most of her youth, also having lived in Jakarta, Indonesia before moving and building roots in Toronto, Canada.

As a tattoo artist, she enjoys different types of styles though her favourite is abstract especially when it’s a fusion of different cultures. She loves doing custom work most especially when the client is open to a collaborative rapport. She’s here not just to put ink onto your skin but to help you express yourself in various ways that are unique to your worldviews, personalities, and experiences. She feels privileged in being able to be part of an anthropological alchemy that has started since the dawn of time; if we look at the grander scheme of the process, the alchemy really comes into play when clients come to us with very personal matters that they want to express through their tattoo(s).

Gel is a scuba diver and hiker who loves checking out arts & culture as she travels. Locally, she hits the gym, does hot yoga, and practices Krav Maga martial arts.

Gel is available for bookings in our North York studio mainly Saturdays and Sundays. Feel free to reach her via email or check out her profile below

 

Brooke

ABOUT BROOKE

Brooke is a “new” artist in every sense of the word – she redefines what a tattoo artist might look like. Not to say that there is such a thing as a certain “tattoo artist look” since we’re all unique, and proudly carry our own style and character; however, Brooke redefines many things.

Our young artist got involved in art at the tender age of 3 when she started doodling. This may be so for many of us, but what separates Brooke from others is when, at the at of 16, she took doodling to the next level and started working part time at a tattoo studio in order to study from other artists.

She was trained at doing piercings by the age of 18, but after realizing that her true passion was in drawing and expressing herself via permanent art, Brooke changed paths to become a tattoo artist. Now, Brooke has been under our wing for a number of years, first as an apprentice being trained by her figuratively adopted mother Asia, and we’re proud to see her grow into a very capable tattoo artist today!

Brooke can be unassuming. The 5”1, quiet, attractive and very focused artist frequently agonizes over producing the most amazing work – a trait that is often attached to perfectionists. With over a thousand of tattoos under her belt and extensive training on safety and cleanliness handling, it’s very easy to forget that Brooke is still early in her career. Brooke has long moved away from script and simpler tattoos towards inventing her own tattoo style. Specializing in floral and general minimalist tattoos, we’re super proud to see where Brooke’s already impressive artist career takes her next.

NEO TRADITIONAL TATTOOS

Brooke is interested in pursuing neo-traditional tattoos (neo means new in Latin). The dictionary would define it as “A re-adoption or revival of traditional styles, values, practices, etc.”, while we see it as taking the traditional old-style tattoo art that has been around for over a hundred years (think American and sailors) and fusing it with new concepts.

Neo-traditional tattoos are still traditional in essence, but what separates them from old-school traditional tattoos is moving away from thick, broad lines, and instead, delve more into realism. Additionally, they may take the traditional subject of a skull head, for example, draw it in a similar traditional fashion, but then add flowers, colors and smoother lines to the tattoo, making it a neo-traditional tattoo as it blends multiple styles together.

It’s no surprise that Brooke is most drawn to this tattoo style because she embodies new tradition, and we couldn’t be more excited to see her grow further in her artist’s journey. Check out some of her work below and stop by our tattoo studio to meet her. We proudly feature some of her work on our tattoo shop walls in Toronto where she apprenticed originally before helping us establish the Burlington studio where she now tattoos from exclusively.

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Asia

ABOUT ASIA

Asia, pronounced like Asha rather than like the continent, is the head artist and proud co-Owner of Toronto’s Painted People Tattoos Salon.

Asia has been tattooing for over 15 years. Her rich resume, apart from owning a tattoo studio, includes roles such as painter, volunteer, designer, music dabbler, and more. Finding her calling at the age of 16, she studied tattooing, first independently, and then as an apprentice to a number of celebrated artists before becoming one herself.

Tattooing is a passion for Asia. She loves creating livable, permanent art through that passion. When she’s not creating, Asia enjoys carrying for her pets, spending time with her family, watching movies, playing old video games, sucking at soccer (or football if we’re being all European) and unloading cat sounds with her husband Nick for general amusement of herself and others.

WATERCOLOR TATTOOS

As the name indicates, watercolor tattoos essentially represent using the human canvas and drawing on them with tattoo ink making them look like watercolors.

Watercolor tattoos require the same expertise and initial process that other tattoo techniques require (you may or may not do a stencil and mix shades of color), but where they really separate themselves from other tattoo techniques is the final outcome. A fresh watercolor tattoo can often appear as splashes of watercolor paint on your body.

Created with a lot more gradual coloring (unlike, for example, traditional tattooing where solid colors are merged together), the subtle gradients help create the characteristics and design of a classic watercolor painting. The other differentiating factor is outlining. Watercolor tattoos pride themselves on often not having a solid outline which is then colored in. The free flowing colors are meant to represent a painting – which they most definitely do.

Asia, while doing every style from black and grey, traditional, tribal, realism, neo-traditional, new school, etc, has really specialized in watercolor tattooing recently. Outside of loving the look and feel of them and genuinely enjoying creating unique watercolor designs, she is quickly becoming known Canada wide for her passion of watercolor tattoos.

One of the common misconceptions around watercolor tattoos is that they fade very quickly. Putting it simply, all tattoos fade overtime. In the hands of a professional tattoo artist (such as Asia), watercolor tattoos are safe from fading for years. How many years heavily depends on various factors such as maintenance of the tattoo / skin care along with placement of tattoo as not placing it on an area where there may be constant rubbing will make it last longer. Watercolor tattoos can fade just slightly quicker due to use of lighter colors, so if one of our tattoos does start to fade you can come back after a few years for a quick touch-up to get it looking vibrant again.

For tips on how to maintain your watercolor or any other tattoos, check out our healing instructions page here