Always With You

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By Alan Portrait tattoos are one of our regular and favourite styles of realism inking here at Black Line Studio. They challenge us and drive us to really hone our technical skills. These tattoos typically involve a human subject, and every once in a while, we are asked to create portraits that serve as tributes for beloved family pets. In …

Union Station Promenade Vendors: The Next Big Thing?

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Union Station has always been an epicenter of activity, but until recently it was only a hotspot for commuters. After (some of the) construction finally wrapped up around the station, the city was left with a beautiful, expansive promenade that was just begging to fill up. Last year, Union Summer debuted as a wonderful, centralized cross-section of everything Toronto has …

Top 3 Piercings to Get Before Summer

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Septum piercing with multicolored opal ring by Kaleb. Done at Black Line Studio At last! Summer is here! All this sunshine has probably got you thinking about your next piercing—and if you weren’t before, you probably are now. This year, there are a few trends we’ve noticed popping up in the body mod department. Step up your fashion game this …

Artist of the Month: Inshaan Ali

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At only 19 years old, Inshaan Ali began his journey as a tattoo artist. For the last eight years he’s been nurturing his talents, and just under two years ago, Inshaan joined the Black Line Studio family. Since then, he’s settled in quite nicely. If you follow us on any of our social media platforms, you have probably seen the …

The Toronto Tattoo Show & Convention News

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The Toronto Tattoo Show & Convention News Running from Thursday, June 16th to Sunday, June 19th will be the 18th annual Northern Ink Xposure Toronto Tattoo Show. From the star studded guest list, to the music and the annual contests, this year’s showing will be packed with a plethora of things to do and see. Best of all, there will …

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 …