Friday, June 25, 2010


We have a feature article in the new issue of Tattoos Down Under. It's out NOW!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Two weeks and Five years later.

These photos are a bit better.
Two weeks, huh?
This customer of mine showed up out of the blue with an outline I had done almost six years ago. He wanted to finish it in two weeks. Only problem was it was his entire front of his torso, and I think I outlined it with a 7 mag. (what was i thinking???) It was a struggle to get it completed, and in two hour sessions, it made it even harder. Thanks to my patient customers who didn't mind the musical chairs, (I'm still working that out), and the feeling of completion feels good in this job, which sometimes I never feel satisfied.
That being said, there's another three hours minimum I would have liked to have done, but see ya in five years I told him. You might also notice the varying levels of healing. That wasn't ideal, but I wait on him to e-mail me some photos later.

Welcome To T-U

This was just a blog I started for myself, but I'm not so much into that, so I'll just start over if it's all the same to you.

Welcome to the Tattoo Union blog. 

Tattoo Union is located in the Lee Building, at the corner of Main and Broadway, in the Uptown/ Mt.Pleasant area of East Vancouver. We opened in April 2008, and have had an amazing time building it to where it is now. Thank you to everyone, who has come by.

We are open 6 days a week, and take care of customers as efficiently as possible in the most researched of ways. We spend hours on drawings at no charge.

As I am not too good with technology, and I am trying to get better, will probably just focus on what I need to, which is tattooing, drawing, painting, and being an awesome dad and good friend. I'll let the others at the shop post, and we’ll all try to keep you posted on the daily life in the shop. It’s fun here, in this growing mini-metropolis of Vancouver, and we have a nice little corner of the city. 

We happen to be home to the nicest customers in the city. Our customers bring very great ideas to the table, and mixed with our blend of creativity makes for a pretty crazy combination.

Feel free to come by the shop if you have any ideas for tattoos, from the smallest letters to complete coverage, we do it all. You can also send e-mails to the artists if you have any questions regarding hours, or directions.
Thanks for reading to here.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Maggie's Georgia Okeeffe Reproduction

Maggie brought me a print of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting, wanting it reproduced on her arm. 2 sessions later, it's done! :)

Here's the print:

Here's the tattoo:

Jill's Birds and Flowers - Part One

Jill sent me some imagery of old Japanese woodcut prints and Chinese bird and flower paintings. Here's some description of what she wanted from our initial correspondence: "Flowers - I love them. I'm a gardener. I like how perennials "die" in the winter and come back in the spring. I like cycles of life/death/rebirth. renewal. I like the idea of birds as symbols of freedom and their ability to take off and rise into the sky to see things from a completely different perspective than a human's very limited one." "Part One" of this blog post is the first section, which flows across her back. There are a few old runes tattooed down her spine, that got completely covered under the right-most bird's wing. The second design will flow from her shoulder onto her arm, and be our next tattoo session.

Here's the first section, worked to completion in one session:

Oh Yeah.

Sorry ladies. Rons taken. You can look, just dont touch.

Melanie's Tribute to Her Kids

So.... Melanie found me through a mutual friend and wanted to cover an old tattoo. She gave me a lot of space to work on, and a lot of wiggle room for ideas. Her Children - Azalea, Jadon, and Trinity were to be the focus of this piece. Here's what I came up with:

For Azalea - Azaleas. 'Nuff said. In my search for something to represent Jadon, I researched the meaning of his name: "Jehova has heard." Well with further looking I found "The Royal Order of Jehova" who use this same meaning as a motto. The sun/cross symbol I designed around the old tattoo is called the "Order of Knighthood," a pendant worn by any Prince of the Royal Order. Thought it rang true. Worked through the pendant is a bow and arrow Sagittarius symbol, as they are all born under the Sagittarius zodiac. For Trinity, a Celtic trinity spiral.

Here's the completed tattoo:

Here's the tattoo we covered up:

Log: 2 Sessions, 7 total hours.

Popped Cherries

Ah, a first tattoo. There's nothing quite like the first tattoo in a young man or womans life. Young Gabe came in last week to get his first tattoo by giving his hippo birth mark a nice pond to drink from and some trees for shade. Lookin good Gabe. Lookin good.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Some tattoos I've been doing whilst working at New York Adorned!

Thanks for looking!
Here are a couple of photos taken at the end of 2009,
by Liz Ham for Sang Bleu Magazine.