2017 has been an insightful and life changing year. I feel like I have grown so much as a friend, lover, sister, daughter and overall human being. I have also learned to be more in tune with myself spiritually and I know that the positive changes I have made have helped make my days so much more worthwhile. I have to give a BIG shoutout to my dear friends Alex, Nate and Molly at THE VILLAGE INK in Yorkville, Toronto for the incredible tattoos they worked on with me. They each mean something different, but they help the story of who I am today.
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I've been following @InkAndWaterTattoo on Instagram for quite some time now and the artists who make up the shop are out of this world. I've been thinking about getting some new ink and it just so happened that their first flash day was coming up so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to get something fun and small, and ultimately get a feel for what the artists had to offer. I decided to get a flamingo done while my friend Zoe got a 'bum' and Renz got a bonsai tree. While I currently have five tattoos and about 20 more i'd like to get, I am still extremely particular about placements and don't think i'm ready to make anything too visible.
The flash artist I chose was Mr. Koo or @release852 on Instagram and I thought I would take a moment to find out a little bit about his background, style, and how he got started in the business.
Q: When did you start tattooing?
A: I started tattooing few years ago, I stopped and picked it back up 2 years ago.
Q: How did you start working with Ink and Water Tattoo?
A: Ink and Water is mine and @mgptattoos shop. We own it together.
Q: What's the story behind the name release852?
A: Release 852 was a name I have been using since 2005. I grew up in Hong Kong and I was a street artist/graffiti artist trying to spread the word of releasing your self from society and just enjoy life, etc. so 852 is Hong Kong and release is a movement. I spent 2 years everyday doing work on the street and have been featured by a few blogs and the biggest news papers in Hong Kong.
Q: How many tattoos do you have?
A: I currently have about 33 tattoos, mostly done on my self on my leg, my back and hands. I have tattoos that remind me of things I did in the past and to never do them again, the rest is just me being bored (lol).
Q: How would you describe your personal style of tattooing?
A: I do mainly 2 styles, decorative, more ornamental work and tiny work. But currently it's mainly tiny detailed work or large scale single needle work. Famous words of @mgptattoos "just have fun with it" is my style of tattooing. I enjoy working more and more detail in to my work, trying to achieve what most artists will think is impossible.
Getting a tattoo can be nerve-racking. I remember when I got my first one and almost bailed at the last minute. There's an incredible and overwhelming feeling that goes through your body when you realize what you're about to do will last forever. Have you ever had somebody tell you to "draw the tattoo on yourself for a month and see if you still want it"? I wouldn't recommend going that far, but make sure it's worth it. Although, i've seen some pretty cool coverups over the past few weeks.
I have to give a special shoutout to Forever Young Ink, a tattoo and piercing shop home to Queen Street West in Toronto. While they specialize in portrait, black and grey, realism, Asian traditional and Chicano styles, the knowledgeable staff and artists are there throughout the step-by-step process so you get the perfect result. The open-concept shop is inviting and the environment is full of good vibes, which makes you feel comfortable - and in good hands (pun intended).
Owner Lee Baxter has quite the eye, and as a result, the shop has been home to a number of artists who have helped shape the foundation of why so many people keep coming back to FY. With a lineup of artists that approach their canvas in a different way, this lends to variety, but also the opportunity to experience something new every time you pop in.
The newest artist to join the team is Higor Sales. He recently moved to Toronto from Brazil to pursue his passion for tattooing and I had the chance to get both of my script tattoos done by him. His drawing skills are out of this world, and this translates in his work. Although I don't have any portrait or realism tattoos in mind, I am blown away at the talent that some people have to bring life to a blank canvas. Not to mention, someone's skin. You can check out some of Higor's work, here.