Into the Tattoo Abyss: The Artists Behind the Art

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Into the Tattoo Abyss: The Artists Behind the Art

Tattoos have been a form of self-expression for centuries.  Getting a tattoo involves not merely putting ink on your skin.  It also involves telling a story; YOUR story.  

Whether you are getting a tribute tattoo in honor of a loss, a tattoo of one of the quotes that gets you through the day, or a tattoo of something most people wouldn’t understand- it is a personal and important decision that is unique for each individual.  

One day, you will look back at your experience of getting your tattoo, and you will think of the individual who put the meaningful artwork on your skin… I know I do.  No one wants to feel like their tattoo is meaningless or feel judged while getting it done. It should be a pleasant memory on all accounts. You owe it to yourself and your body to take the time to find the right tattoo artist to be a part of your journey.

The History of Tattoos

In September of 1991, a mummified corpse was found in the Otztaler Alps, part of South Tyrol, Italy.  

According to Smithsonian Insider, “The debate about the world’s oldest tattoos is over—they belong to Ötzi, the European Tyrolean Iceman, who died and was buried beneath an Alpine glacier along the Austrian–Italian border around 3250 B.C. Ötzi had 61 tattoos across his body, including his left wrist, lower legs, lower back and torso.”

Tattoos have been around for a longer amount of time than most people realize and it’s not just a new trend.  However, depending on the culture, tattoos can represent different things and have different meanings.  

“[…] we shouldn’t forget the cultural roles tattoos have played over millennia. Cosmetic tattoos—like those of the Chinchorro mummy—and therapeutic tattoos—like those of the Iceman—have been around for a very long time. This demonstrates to me that the desire to adorn and heal the body with tattoo is a very ancient part of our human past and culture.” – Lars Krutak, Tattoo Anthropologist.

From being considered as barbaric in China, a medical treatment in old Egypt, or being part of a traditional practice in Samoa, (who else loves Moana?), the history behind tattoos is fascinating.  

It is highly likely that the word ‘tattoo’ may have originated from the Samoan word for tattoo ‘tatau’. –Authority Tattoo

In any case, despite how some people/societies may view tattoos, it is up to you to decide if you want to get one (or more), and the meaning behind it. However, it is important to make sure you go to a trusted tattoo shop.  

While it is possible to cover up certain tattoos, it is always better to get it done right the first time, and in order to do that, you need talented artists such as these.

The Importance of a Dedicated Tattooist

When I got my first tattoo over a decade ago, the artist who took care of me assumed I had gone to his tattoo parlor on a whim.  

“So… you randomly decided to come up with this tattoo design, eh?”, he had said.

When in fact, I had spent over a year contemplating whether I truly wanted it, and if I would be happy to have it on my body for the rest of my life.  He had made me feel like my tattoo was insignificant. He didn’t know me, my past or why it meant so much to me. This tattooist had not cared enough to ask. 

According to a Nielsen poll, one in five North Americans has a tattoo and of those, over 90% do not regret getting ‘inked’ and becoming part of tattoo history culture. – Huffington Post

It took 20 minutes for him to do my simple design, and while he seemed unimpressed, I am still so thankful for having this piece of artwork on my body.  

This is what differentiates tattoo artists. There are those who truly care and are passionate, and those who simply want a paycheque. At Tattoo Abyss, you will find only the most dedicated and caring artists.

Montreal Talent

Tattoo Abyss, prides itself on their talented artists and quality services. With a passion for the art of tattooing and designing custom tattoos for their clients, you are sure to be in good hands! 

Two of the talented artists, are Angel and Camille.   

Angel is one of the resident tattoo artists at Abyss and has been tattooing for over three years. He loves drawing and body art so much, he used to draw on his friends’ arms in high school! 

His favourite part about being a tattoo artist is that he has the liberty of expression and creation. Angel loves getting to know his clients and expanding his creativity by seeing a new perspective through his clients’ eyes. 

His most memorable tattoo is a hybrid of a rabbit and a bird that he designed himself. The most important thing for him is to make sure that his clients are always comfortable and honest with him and that their vision is realized through his art. 

Camille has been drawing for as long as she can remember and decided to take a chance in this form of art. The thing that she loves most about being a tattoo artist is that you leave your mark on thousands of people. Camille wants prospective clients to know that tattoos don’t have to be painful. The pain of a tattoo not only depends on the artist, but the atmosphere of the tattoo shop itself. If it’s a calm, relaxed shop where the music is not too loud, getting a tattoo will be enjoyable. 

Flash tattoos are her favorite. This is when the artist has a collection of predesigned tattoos that the clients can choose from. These pieces are created by the artist, showcasing their work and personal creativity. Camille is very appreciative and thankful for her clients because they allow her to pursue her passion and do and what she loves most: tattooing. 

Artists such as these are what make the -sometimes painful- act of getting a tattoo so much better.  If you’ve ever debated getting a tattoo, please consult the professionals.  Ask questions and don’t be shy. You need to trust the artist who is not only helping you share your story, but who will also be a part of your story.

By Joanna Ahti