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 to grow, and with it the City of Toronto has become a destination for some of the best Toronto tattoo artists you can hope to find.

TORONTO TATTOOS TODAY

As it is in most big cities today, the Toronto tattoo scene is bigger and more mainstream than ever. Far from being something only sailors and construction workers get, tattoos are now seen in every workplace and in many homes throughout Canada, and Toronto is no different. There’s a good chance your favourite chef has more than one tattoo, as does your banker, your child’s third grade teacher, and possibly even your doctor. Tattoos of every size, colour and description can be found on people from all walks of life, in all sorts of jobs.

GETTING A TATTOO IN TORONTO

If you’re looking for some ink in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), you have several options to make sure that the work you get done is some of the best in the world.

One option is to attend one of the tattoo shows or conventions that are hosted in the City. One of our personal favourites is Northern Ink Xposure, or NIX, which is an annual summer time event showcasing the best Toronto tattoo artists, as well as visitors from elsewhere in Canada and the World.

If you can’t wait for a convention, you still have great options, because when it comes to the best tattoo shops, Toronto is a world leader. Tattoo studios like Painted People Tattoo Co., offer a convenient, easily accessible and comfortable place to access groups of the best Toronto tattoo artists in one place, and we’re always happy to make our customers’ dream tattoos a reality, at any time of the year.

See below video of the Toronto Painted People Tattoo company location

FINDING THE RIGHT TORONTO TATTOO SHOP

If you are looking for tattoo shops in Toronto, there are several things you can do to make sure you get the best service, skill and safety.

Visit a few shops that you’re considering, to talk to the artists, view examples of past work, and look at the overall condition of the shop. You can tell a lot about a place just by spending some time there, so make a short list, and do a Toronto tattoo tour!

Read online reviews about the studios on your list, and make sure that the shops you are considering have a valid and current personal service setting license from the city. This ensures that they are working legally and have had the necessary public health inspections. Make sure that the shop you’re planning to use meets all the industry standards for safety and hygiene.

Finally, when you’ve narrowed your list down to one or two Toronto tattoo studios, talk to individual artists about your designs and ideas. The best Toronto tattoo artists will be able to take the vision you have in your head and translate it into a design that you can wear on your skin.

Whatever your style, whatever your reason, we welcome you to get in touch with us. We are here to help with our warm welcome and friendly personality, so that you are totally comfortable with your tattoo experience.

Asia

Artisr

Watercolor, Color & Tattoo Cover-Ups

Kristina

Artisr

Hand-poke, Dot-work, Tribal, Blackwork Tattoos

Ashley

Artisr

Tattoo Cover-Ups, Color, Black and Grey Tattoos

Toronto
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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

Kristina

ABOUT KRISTINA

Kristina Guison is a sculpture / installation, performance and tattoo artist specializing in hand poked and fine line tattoos inspired by themes about culture, art and science.

Kristina is an all-round great artist. She does amazing sculptures and on top of that is a very gifted tattoo artist.

Her tattoo practice started in Toronto by learning to use coil and rotary tattoo machines. Shortly after her apprenticeship, she explored Southeast Asian tattoo culture by travelling across the Philippines, Malaysian Borneo, Mentawai Indonesia, Cambodia and Thailand, in order to experience getting tattoos from traditional tattoo practitioners.

Her independent research on traditional tattoo cultures had influenced her tattoo practice as she taught herself how to tattoo using the hand poked method. She then specialized in hand poked tattoo designs inspired by the global traditional tattoo culture. One of her favourite hand poking styles is what she calls “grain work”, which is a coloured tattoo hand poked method where the colours and gradient are layered in a pointillism style.

During her recent studies in psychology, Kristina’s tattoo practice further developed by exploring science-themed designs and perfecting her fine line tattooing. She became fascinated with fine line tattooing due to the level of detail that can only be achieved by using the thin needles. Her favorite themes in fine line tattooing method are animals, plants and surreal designs inspired by psychology, biology and science in general.

Ashley

ABOUT Ashley

Ashley is an experienced tattoo artist working out of our Toronto tattoo studio. As an extremely passionate artist with over 10 years of tattooing experience, Ashley is one of the best cover-up and watercolor artists we’ve come across, although she’s quite great when it comes to black and grey or any tattoo style work.

Ashley’s commitment to perfecting her art is inspiring to us. As a very positive, although at first sight generally shy person, her art is quite daring, bold and confident. We instantly made a bond with Ashley due to her general positive aura and are happy to have her as a member of our family.

A reason why we’re excited about Ashley, outside of her being a genuinely nice person and artist, is her cover-up ability. Cover-ups are a special talent requiring absolute precision, patience and imagination. Only a few artists handle cover-ups, and even less truly enjoy doing them.

Drop by anytime in our Painted People Tattoo studio in Toronto, check out her work via Instagram link below or drop her a note at ashszebelledy@gmail.com

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.

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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