What a great Season 3 of #pointtopoint! We were lucky enough to talk to another great round of #toptattooartists and get to know them a little bit better!
Take a moment to follow these awesome artists, and make sure you tell us who YOU would like Patrick Coste to talk to next. In the meantime here are some "name drops" from Season 3 - By the way, if you enjoyed these posts, feel free to share them:
Name: RJ Valencerina
Years tattooing: 10 years
Place of business: Uptown Tattoo, Montreal, Quebec
Switching gears from Engineering to tattooing, and leaving the Philippines for life in the “Great White North”, RJ’s had quite a ride. Along the way, he’s overcome personal tragedies and a professional obstacle or two, to become the crazy-talented realism tattooer he is today.
Name: Anne Marie Dupuis
Year tattooing: 15 years
Place of business: The world & Quadra, BC
Anne Marie’s gotta own one of the most remote tattoo shops in the country, but people are returning again and again to get tattooed by her. After a stint as an auto mechanic, she developed her illustrative style of art, and left muscle cars behind to become a world-traveling tattoo artist.
Name: Melissa Valiquette
Years tattooing: 15 years
Place of business: Owner tattooer at DFA TATTOO, Montreal, Quebec
In her own words, Melissa’s work is a mix of science, artistry and fun!! Part-time taxidermist, and full time realism artist, she’s been pursuing her dream of tattooing since the age of 17. She may just be one of the geekiest tattooers around, but she’s definitely one of the only ones to have ever seen the elusive “Assquatch”….
Name: Mike Young
Years tattooing: Who’s counting!! Lol
Place of business: Owner/Tattooer Eternal Dragon Tattoo, Charlottetown PEI, Canada
A respected machine builder, Mike has never attended a tattoo convention - it’s true! While pursuing a music career, his tattooing journey began in Vancouver in the 1990s, then led him to PEI where he now tattoos alongside his son Nick, builds machines and indulges his passion for Bonsai trees.
Name: Yanick Sasseville
Years tattooing: 9 years
Place of business: Glass House, Montreal, Quebec
Musician, painter, tattooer, Yanick isn’t short on talent and it shows in his art! He did a residency in Europe doing painting and sculpture full-time, then began winning prizes for design. Visual art is a major source of inspiration for his tattooing, and he continues to learn and test out new things to feed his creativity.
For Winnipeg-based artist Rich, tattooing is a lifelong endeavour that ties together family, passion and work ethic. He’s the coordinator of the successful Winnipeg Tattoo convention, and as co-founder of the Manitoba Body Art Association he’s been lobbying tirelessly, especially recently, for the fair treatment of tattooers in his home province of Manitoba.
Mike is the history teacher you wish you had in school...He’s a passionate curator of artifacts and knowledge, and you could easily fall under the spell of his storytelling. He’s been lucky enough to learn from, and tattoo alongside, the legends of the golden age of tattooing, becoming something of a living legend himself.
Name: Jason McMillan
Years tattooing: 10 years
Place of business: @mrtattoo_shop, St-Catherines, Ontario
With 10 years in the business of tattooing, Jason couldn’t imagine any other life. For him, success is about putting out the very best tattoos he can. He’s continually seeking out opportunities to learn and improve his craft, through research, conversations with others equally passionate about tattoos and even podcasts!
Name: Christelle Souverbie
Years tattooing: 6 years
Place of business: @lunenoire, Quebec City, Quebec
In spite of her conventional upbringing, artist Christelle Souverbie knew from a young age that she loved tattooing. After completing a degree in Applied Arts, and a stint as a makeup artist for photoshoots, she eventually followed her passion into tattooing. She thrives on learning from those she admires and applying that knowledge - this desire to continue learning has inspired her to develop a Quebec tattoo masterclass to help share knowledge with others in the field.
Music and tattooing are just two of Greg’s passions. Getting tattooed was his entry into becoming a tattooer himself and these days he’s putting out killer Japanese-style tattoos at Hidden Door Studio in Toronto. Somehow, he also found time to put out a new album of music!
Name: Damian Robertson
Years tattooing: 16 years
Place of business: Roberston Tattoo Company, Okotoks, Alberta
A veteran of the Canadian forces, Damian’s work is heavily inspired by veteran philosophy. He’s seen and dealt with unimaginable tragedy and trauma and later found that tattooing helped him focus while he struggled with PTSD. He also found support within the veteran community, and came up with an amazing idea to give back to the people who helped him.