Art Festivals to Check out This Season

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SPOTLIGHT by Alex MacLeod.  Contact Photography Festival This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Contact Photography Festival, a renowned event that will feature the work of 1,500 artists and photographers via more than 200 exhibits. Given the sheer number of artists and events in this year’s festival, there a few themes you can expect to see, including people and …

Ink Hunter App: Test Run Tattoos In Real Time

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could test run a tattoo? Before you actually committed to a design or its placement on your body, what if you could experiment and adjust the finer details to get exactly what you want? No tattoo regret, no wasted money. Up until now, short of drawing on yourself, there wasn’t really a way to …

Artist of the Month: Bill Read

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This month we’ll be shining our artist spotlight on Bill Read. Having been with us for approximately two years now, Bill has carved a home for himself in our roster. If you want a detailed look into how the tattoo industry has evolved from its beginnings, as simply a quality of the underground subculture, to a fully-fledged art form, Bill …

The Latest Intel: Tattoos can Strengthen Immunity

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As you all know, tattoos can do a body good, and now science agrees! According to a study published in the American Journal of Human Biology, people with multiple tattoos have stronger immune responses and are better equipped to fight off common infections. Researchers began their work by taking saliva samples from five male participants and 24 female participants prior …

Artist of the Month: Tito Can Do It!

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Get to know our artist Tito – we like to call him the man of all trades. He joined the Black Line Studio family just over a year ago and is an experienced artist in all tattoo styles – from basic to abstract, oriental, tribal to realism, black and grey to colour. You name it, Tito can do it (and …

Celebrity Feature: Adam Levine

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After six long months, Adam Levine finally revealed the finished state of his latest tattoo; and it’s no wonder it took so long to complete. The stunning tattoo is a full back piece featuring the most haunting angelic mermaid you’ll ever see clutching a massive skull. Rounding out the piece is the setting sun over choppy seas with a full …

Celebrity Feature of the Month goes to Kylie Jenner

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At the ripe age of 18, it seems that Kylie Jenner has caught the tattoo bug—hard. It took Kylie just over six months to get inked with tattoos number one and two. The most recent addition is a unique take on a classic tattoo art style; word art. It features the word “sanity” written phonetically in red ink. The reality …

When Realism and Tattoos Get Hitched

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As the name suggests, tattoo realism describes the coming together of realism and tattooing. In a traditional sense, realism is an art style that describes the genuine and lifelike portrayal of a subject. Apply this art style to tattooing, and you have tattoo realism. The biggest difference between traditional realism and tattoo realism is the medium. Instead of paper and …

Give It The TLC It Deserves

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You have thought about it for what seems like a decade. You have spent sleepless nights researching the design and best artist. All of your friends may have even told you that you would be too chicken to actually get it done; but you finally did it! Now, it’s yours forever! With the proper care and attention, your tattoo can …

January – Celebrity of the Month Feature: Ed Sheeran

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This month’s celebrity spotlight goes to UK musician Ed Sheeran and the saga of the lion’s head tattoo. Back in August, Sheeran had a bit of fun with his fans. The songwriter went to great lengths to convince them that his lion’s head chest tattoo was actually just a bit of clever makeup.     Before Sheeran had the chance …

Tattoo Trends for 2016

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2016 is well under way, which makes now the perfect time to predict this upcoming year’s trending designs and art styles. Watch out for these #trending tattoos of 2016. The Minimalist Art by: Wil Bridgeforth The great thing about minimalist tattoos is that they appeal to tattoo novices. The clean lines and simplistic designs make them an excellent choice for …

Looking Back on 2015

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With the start of a new year, we take a look back and reflect on our work from the previous year. In 2015, Black Line Studio was lucky enough to have our artists really flex their creative muscles. Stroll down memory lane with us as we reminisce about some our 2015 favourites: Art by: Wil Bridgeforth Sugar skull designs find …

Check out Black Line Studio’s new artist // Benny

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Benny just arrived from Australia, he has been tattooing for over 13 years. Benny enjoys doing all styles of tattoos. Check out some of Benny’s work samples below… To set up an appointment or free consultation with Benny– please email kyle@blacklinestudio.ca or call 4168508227.