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 pieces of art in the past few years, they are thrilled to be expanding closer to where their roots began– and to feature some of the most experienced tattoo artists in Burlington!

A BURLINGTON BACKGROUND

A few years ago, Asia (pronounced Asha), who is one of the best Tattoo Cover Up artists, and her partner Nick were happily dating, had 3 cats, a dog, and a cozy place in Burlington near the water. Asia worked in a Hamilton tattoo studio making “ok” money, Nick had a stable job in Toronto and had been enduring regular two-hour drives in each direction. One day, after spending 7 hours in traffic during the first snowfall of late 2015, the couple decided to move to Toronto.

STARTING A TATTOO BUSINESS

Asia and Nick found themselves a townhouse in the Downsview area, and Asia started seriously thinking about working for herself. They opened their first tattoo studio in Downsview, calling it Painted People Tattoos & Art, with the art portion coming from the many beautiful art pieces featured on the walls of the tattoo studio, turning it into a mini art gallery.

Ever since that day, while loving their Toronto Tattoo Shop, there was a feeling of something missing. Asia and Nick would frequently drive down to see Asia’s parents in Hamilton, stop by Burlington and visit some of their friends, walk the dog on their favorite street, muse at the beautiful trees and colourful houses, and say that one day they would be back.

BURLINGTON TATTOO STUDIO

Fast forward to three years later: money was tight, obligations and stress were high, and spare time was non-existent. All this led to the perfect opportunity to expand back to their favorite city, with the idea of being able to tattoo Burlington folks!

Asia and Nick found a lovely house (yes, a house) near downtown, the lease was reasonable, the garden in front won them over, and they excitedly dived into opening a Burlington tattoo studio without any hesitation. Burlington is now their home again.

YOU’RE INVITED

We invite you to come visit the Burlington studio and share Asia and Nick’s “home away from home.” Our door is open and we’ll always offer you coffee or tea, sometimes milk, snacks like figs, or—on a good day—decent chocolates, and, of course, we guarantee you’ll get some of the best permanent living art (i.e. tattoos) in Ontario, if not Canada or the World.

How can we guarantee that? As Asia points out, all the tattoo artists in Burlington studio are our family. They’re not just talented people doing exceptional work, they’re truly special and remarkable with the quality and passion they bring each and every day to the art of tattooing. Asia and Nick are inspired by them daily, and are absolutely confident you will be too.

What makes Asia the best tattoo artist in Burlington, apart from the awards, overwhelmingly positive reviews and her stunning work? Come and meet her in person and find out! All the Painted People Tattoo Company artists love to tattoo Burlington folks (don’t tell our other clients, there’s something special about doing work on Burlington natives), and to be frank, Tattoo Burlington! is the name of our next motivational campaign.

See below for who will be taking part in the tattoo Burlington campaign:

Asia

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Watercolor, Trash Polka, Blackwork & Tattoo Cover-Ups

Brooke

Artisr

Neo-traditional, Minimalism, Flower Tattoos

Anita

Artisr

Custom Script, Traditional and Neo Traditional Tattoos

Hannah

Artisr

Black work, geometric, color

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12PM – 7PM
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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 10 years. Her rich resume, apart from owning a tattoo studio, includes roles such as painter, volunteer, social activist, 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 2 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

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 couple 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 very quickly!

Brooke can be unassuming. The 5”1, quiet, attractive and very focused artist often agonizes over producing the most amazing work – a trait that is often attached to perfectionists. With hundreds 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.

 

Anita

ABOUT ANITA

Anita is our most experienced tattoo artist, who has perfected her art working in Hamilton, Brantford and various guest artist spots around the GTA. The reason why we are so excited to have her join us in Burlington is the fact that Anita is a true old-school tattoo artist in every way.

Anita uses coils (many artists including all of ours except Kristina have switched to rotaries). Coils are heavier, harder on the tattoo artist, but are arguably better suited for traditional tattoos as they can produce thick lines in a smoother fashion.

Anita also does all of her drawings and stencils by hand. We’re truly proud to have such a talented artist with over 20 years of experience in our shop.

So why should you get a tattoo from Anita? Apart from her absolute love of doing custom drawings and building on client’s ideas for a great tattoo, Anita has such a positive vibe about her. Her work is always amazing, and the process of getting to that work is quite amazing as well.

Anita also enjoys rainbows, lollipops and kittens (just please don’t ask her to do a Tazmanian devil tattoo, she’s just as passionate about avoiding those).

Drop by anytime Tuesday to Saturday in our Painted People Tattoo studio in Burlington, check out her work below or drop her a note at [email protected]

Hannah

ABOUT Hannah

Hannah is our Burlington tattoo junior artist who has been with us for over a year. As an accomplished artist and Illustrator attending Sheridan college’s coveted Bachelor of Illustration program, we’re seeing Hannah quickly grow into a very capable tattoo artist.

From a young age, Hannah had been passionate in art and illustration, designing album art and YouTube banners for her friends during middle school. Her passion for art contributed towards her receiving the Burlington Art in Action award.

Hannah has been steadily perfecting her tattoo skills. For someone that at first appearance may appear shy or timid, she truly lets her tattooing skills speak for her. The amount of confidence she exurbs doing her art is truly something remarkable. Hannah’s first tattoo on human skin (she initially practiced on fake skin and oranges) was a geometric black and grey shading piece she did on Nick back in 2019. The first ever tattoo – a geometric piece requiring expertise precision (straight lines) and shading! And she absolutely blew all of us away by how quickly she adopted to tattooing medium, taking less time to deliver her permanent art that many seasoned artists would have taken much longer to do. Her tattooing is very much like her art – very bold, unapologetic, confident and nearing perfection in projecting her expressions onto the canvas (tattoos in this case). We’re so proud of her growth and we’re thrilled to have helped her quickly rise as a soon to be permanent artist.

You can check out a lot of her growing tattoo portfolio and drawings via her Instagram page or stop by our Burlington tattoo studio Tuesdays to Saturdays in the summer to say hello. She’s taking bookings at the moment and will be tattooing at a discounted rate ($120/hr). Her work on a daily basis impresses us and we can’t wait to see where her tattoo skills take her next as she further enhances her style.

Estimates and 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 and tell us about what you want to have tattooed. For bookings, review our Pricing & Payment page; we start with a free consultation; in order to begin your custom drawing a deposit is required.