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The golden glimmer of the sun inspires us to eat healthier and quench our thirst for decadence. An islandstyle party will definitely gather a crowd. These recipe ideas are perfect time-savers; you can even prepare the appetizers earlier that morning. With some last-minute finishes, you still have time to be the bell of the ball. Be creative: perhaps use the pineapple parade to top off grilled chicken, or the spicy lime butter to finish a tender steak. If ceviche makes you squeamish, simply pan-fry your white fish and treat it with the same garnish. Be bold – be a culinary artist. 6

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Ingredients: • 1 whole pineapple • ½ red pepper, diced • ½ red onion, diced • 1 green onion, slivered • juice of 1 lime • 20 precooked cocktail shrimp • 1 tsp chili flakes • fresh cilantro sprigs How to prepare: • With a large knife, slices green top off pineapple, then slice in half. • With a paring knife; carve out the inedible core of the pineapple, then carve close to the shell. Be careful not to puncture the outside. • Take your time and make a cross cut, and wiggle segments loose with a spoon. • Repeat with the other pineapple half, creating two boats. • Save diced pineapple segments and

juices in mixing bowl. • Add red pepper, both onions and lime juice. • Refrigerate until needed. • Sprinkle precooked shrimp with chili flakes and grill for 30 seconds on each side, enough to add a smoky flavour. • Add to mixing bowl and toss. Add cilantro. • Add mixture to your pineapple boats and serve.


Ingredients: • 2 small chipotles in adobo sauce • 1/3 cup butter • 1 tsp liquid honey • 5 cilantro leaves, finely chopped • ½ green onion, finely chopped • ½ tsp lime zest • 1 tsp lime juice • 1 clove garlic, mashed

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• 1 to 4 precooked lobsters How to prepare: • Slice chipotles very finely and mash. • On 8 × 10 inch piece of wax paper, add all ingredients except lobster. • Work mixture together and mash with a fork. • Roll mixture into a cigar shape, folding in ends of wax paper. • Place in freezer for at least an hour. • Cut lobster from head to tail on belly side, and snap in half. • With a napkin, remove green stuff from head. • Remove claws and crack with a nut cracker. • On oiled grill, grill shell-side down for 2 minutes and flesh-side down for 1 minute. • Plate lobster and scatter with slices of spicy lime butter.

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Ingredients: • 2 large bull shark fillets (or substitute 3 small halibut, sea bass or sole fillets), cubed • 20 limes • 4 garlic cloves, crushed • 2 habaneros or red chilis, sliced • ¼ tsp coarse salt • ¼ cup chopped cilantro • ½ cup finely diced onion • 3 roma tomatoes • 1 carrot, shredded • 2 tbsp olive oil or sunflower oil How to prepare: • In glass casserole dish, cover cubed raw fish with juice of 10 limes (fish must be completely swimming in lime juice). • Add garlic, chilis, salt and 1 tbsp of cilantro. • Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours. The acidic process completely cooks the fish. • Blend remaining cilantro, onion and tomato in bowl with juice of 1 lime. • Place cooked fish in strainer and gently


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run under cold water. • Combine all ingredients and add lime juice 1 lime at a time. Stop before it becomes too soupy. • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Ingredients: • 2 handfuls blueberries • 1 cup loose green tea leaves • 2 litres boiling water • up to ½ cup sugar • 2 sliced lemons • 4–5 oz vodka How to prepare: • Spread berries evenly on a plate and freeze. • In a coffee-style French press, make tea in batches. • Sweeten tea with sugar to taste. • Let cool and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. • Before serving, add lemon, vodka and frozen berries.

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The Artistry of wordsmiths Russia – Ekaterinburg By Nataliya Bukhanova and Dave Schultz When I ask Canadians about places in Russia that they know, they often say Moscow or St. Petersburg. But I am going to tell about another Russian city, located on the opposite side of the planet, twelve time zones away, from my new home in Alberta. It is Ekaterinburg, the city where I was born. For almost seventy years the city was closed to foreign people, and only recently did visits to Ekaterinburg, the “Golden Gate of the Urals,” become possible. In preparing for this article, I did not know, at first, what to write about. There is so much to see in my city, so much to tell about! Finally, I decided to describe some places that I love to visit, the places where my childhood passed, the places that every citizen of Ekaterinburg holds in their heart. Like a precious stone, the city shows its beauty only to attentive and stubborn people who try hard to look deep inside it. In comparison to most Russian cities, Ekaterinburg is rather new. Unlike Moscow or cities of the Golden Ring of Russia, the collection of cities surrounding Moscow, some of which have more than a thousand years of history, Ekaterinburg was founded only in 1723. This was the age of Tsar Peter the Great and his northern renaissance. Striving to push, pull and drag Russia out of its backwardness, Peter knew that industry was the key to future development. T hat year a metalworking factor y was built on the banks of the river Iset. The city to surround it was named for St. Katherine. Some of the factory’s buildings still survive. They stand in the very centre of Ekaterinburg, and the Museum of the History of Ekaterinburg is located inside of them. On the opposite side of the river, there are the Museum of Fine Arts and the Historical Park. The Earthwork Dam (or Plotinka in Russian), which powered those factories 200 years ago, is a favourite place for the local people.

Clockwise: Ice town on the central square – the competition of the snow sculptures. Usually the town

opens at Christmastime and is open until the middle of February; Opera theatre, the monument for Jakov Sverdlov (in Soviet time his name was given to the city), and the buildings Antey (brown) and Visotskiy (gray); the Dam and the Museum of the History of Ekaterinburg in the first factory buildings; The Sevastianov’s house, built in the second half of nineteen century. The owner of this building was so rich that he wanted to cover the roof of it with gold. The Orthodox Church forbade it, considering this too much of vanity. Now it is an office building; Subway station “Geological,” the newest station of Ekaterinburg metropolitan. For many years taking photos and video in the subway was strictly prohibited. Recently the city government cancelled this rule; The view from the roof of Antey (the Opera theatre from above, Ural State University, Lenina Street).

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writersbeyondborders and blacksmith.” From the very beginning, the Urals’ towns were built around factories and mines. During the Second World War, many factories from the European part of USSR were relocated to Ekaterinburg. They still work hard, providing big income to the national economy: the factory of heavy machinery, the factory of electronic machines, the chemical factory and the metalworking factory (the first factory of Ekaterinburg). People are proud to work there; very often generations of one family have worked at the same factory. The easiest way to see the whole city at once is to go to the roof of the skyscraper Antey. It is not the highest building in Ekaterinburg, but all the central parts of the city are clearly visible from its top. Standing on the roof, you can understand the most common descriptions of Ekaterinburg: modern, big, dynamic, industrial. A lot of interesting places and buildings can be seen from the roof of Antey: the opera

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theatre, Ural State University, Lenina Street (the main street of the city), concert hall, parks and the districts of apartment buildings, new constructions and historical sites. The city is changing rapidly, year by year, I notice with my every visit. Even the central square of the city is renovated almost every year. During the history of Ekaterinburg the square has had many names and faces. It was Trade Square, Main Square, Cathedral Square and now it is the Square of 1905 Year. In the middle of the square, a monument for V.I. Lenin still stands, even though most Soviet statues in the rest of Russia have been smashed. After a long discussion, the citizens decided not to take it down. History is history, and everything needs to be remembered. The citizens of Ekaterinburg have always been proud of their history. A bust of Tsar Peter the Great, which was thrown into the Iset in the early days of the revolution, has been recovered and sits on the banks of the river in Plotinka Park. Down the road from the square, a statue of Sverdlov, a Bolshevik organizer for whom the city was named during the Soviet era, also still stands. In the winter, an ice town is built on the square – an ice sculpture festival. The view is especially beautiful in the evenings, with electric lights of different colours sparkling through the transparent ice figures. The City Hall faces the square. One hundred years ago it was a usual hotel, but was destroyed by fire in 1902. After that, the building was renovated and used for administrative purposes. The vaguely arabesque style of the mosaic hints to the city’s ongoing role as the gateway to the east. If visitors are lucky enough to catch a sunny day, they can walk from there along Lenina Street. In rainy weather, it is better to take the subway. Many people admire the “underground palaces” of the Russian subway in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Ekaterinburg’s subway does not break the tradition of rich station decorations. All the stations are decorated with local Ural stone: marbles and granites of different colours. The city’s subway was the 13th in the USSR. As a result of the hard working conditions (digging in the solid rock and below the river bed), it took 13 years from the beginning of the construction to the opening of the first stations. A couple of years ago, the length of the subway reached

13 kilometres. Despite this, the subway works without many problems. Above the station Dynamo, there are three places that are worth seeing. An old palace of the Charitonovs, where I studied dance as a child, is one of them. According to legend, the trees for building the city’s first factory were cut down from that place. Nobody knows for sure who the architect of this beautiful building was. Almost from the beginning, the Charitonovs’ palace was considered a mysterious place. In preparing of the ground for construction, some ancient pagan graves were found there. There were some rumours about people disappearing from there, about a cemetery under water, about secret passages below the river. Enthusiasts have been looking for those passages for nearly 150 years, but only occasionally are some underground corridors discovered. The palace is surrounded by a big park with a pond and a bridge. The park has always been open to the public. After the October revolution, the palace was given to the university and then to the Centre for Children’s Creativity. There are arts, dance, theatrical studios, sport clubs and even Little Academy of Science for children there. In Soviet times, all of this was free. The Centre is still supported by the state, but parents have to pay some money for the tutors. Just opposite the Charitonovs’ palace is the stunning white Temple on the Blood Cathedral. In Russian tradition, a church is named “on the blood” only if it is the site where someone was killed. This church was built on the place of the Ipatiev house, where the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, and the royal family were held under arrest in 1918, and where they were killed by the Bolsheviks. On the steps to the cathedral is a moving statue of the Tsar and his family being led down into the basement to be shot. The cathedral is one of the biggest churches in Ekaterinburg. Despite its recent construction, it has become a very dear place for believers, the centre of Orthodox faith. Very close to this sombre temple lies the quiet and romantic Literature District. Nineteenth-centur y, pre-revolutionar y Ekaterinburg is reconstructed and preserved here, in its architectural style, narrow streets and road marks. Even rush hour is very calm here. The district includes five museums of

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speak for hours about every place that I mentioned here. I did not tell you about the Monument for Invisible Man, about the red line of Ekaterinburg, about Vainera Street or about the border between Europe and Asia. It is the city of museums, art galleries and concerts, the city of science and new technologies, the city of undiscovered history and legends, and more... And it is only one city in the Urals! When my husband bought a wedding ring for me, he said, “It is made of Canadian gold, my dear. Poloz will never drag you back.” But every year I return to Ekaterinburg. Something drags me back, and I think it is not gold.

The monument for V.I. Lenin at the central square

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literature and a theatre in a park with iron fences and cobblestone patches. In the summer, free concerts of classical music are given there, under the open sky. One of the museums is the Museum of Urals’ Writers. I cannot miss telling about one of them, Pavel Bajov. He collected and rewrote many local legends and stories that describe the life of Urals’ people, their work and their beliefs. Understanding the spirit of the Urals is impossible without reading Bajov’s stories. As a little child, I was fascinated with his tales: about the Master of the Cupper Mountain, a woman spirit who could turn into a lizard and who invited talented craftsmen to work under her protection; about Stone Flower; about a snake with a human face, Poloz, the owner of all the gold in the Urals, who could drag the gold to himself from any distance; about Grandmother Sinushka (Blue Woman), who guarded the well with treasures in the depth of the marshlands. The world changed, but these stories are still in the hearts of the local people. A lizard on a piece of stone has become a symbol of the Urals. Without any doubt, the lives of people in Ekaterinburg are deeply connected with stones. The “Stone Belt,” as the Urals are called, provides gold, jasper, azurite, onyx, amethyst, rubies, the Urals’ famous malachite, marble and much more. The Ekaterinburg region is the only place in Russia where women wear earrings and necklaces with stones in their everyday life. Stone is abundant and respected. Stone craftsmanship in Ekaterinburg has always been on a very high level. Urals’ jewel designers are well known around the world. They are able to express the very soul of the stone, creating wonderful pieces of art. Much of the jewellery sold there is unique and cannot be found anywhere else. This year I visited Ekaterinburg in the late spring. The trees were blooming: apples, lilacs, mountain ashes and then acacias. I walked in the old streets with big trees, listened to the birds’ song early in the morning, when city noise is silent. I smelled the aromas of young leaves and flowers. I discussed with my friends philosophy, politics and fashion, and thought that there is no city better than mine. There are many books written about Ekaterinburg, its past and present. I can

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7 and 7 is: Edmonton’s Indie Rock Band This is a story about rock and roll, about Cubans and Canadians helping each other, about art for art’s sake and about having a great time. Drew McIntosh, documentary filmmaker The entire Cuba project began in June 2007. Sean Foster, the singer of Edmonton’s nowdefunct indie rock band 7 and 7 Is, went to Cuba, the aging socialist paradise, on vacation. His buddy Luis was a trova player from Sancti Spiritus, a sleepy, nondescript town in the centre of the country, where there’s not much to do but play music and drink. Sean played a song, and a Cuban friend suggested his band should come to Cuba to play some shows. Later, Sean told me his story and asked what I would do. I said to email them back and we’d make it happen, and that I would come and make a documentary about the first-ever rock tour in Cuba. For two and a half weeks in December 2007, we broke ground in Cuba. We set out on what seemed like an impossible impromptu rock tour, setting up shows and rides as we went, playing six cities across the country. We all learned a lot, met some amazing people and came home with big ideas and seemingly endless possibilities. Our main man hooking this all up in Cuba was William Garcia. The two of us have hammered this project out from a dream to reality. After our tour, and after being taken care of so amazingly by our Cuban pals, I started looking for a way to give something back. To say that Cuban rock musicians face difficulty acquiring basic equipment is an understatement. There are no music stores outside of Havana, and even in Havana, finding strings and picks is nearly impossible. When a band breaks strings, they have to call friends and family in surrounding provinces, hoping to make a trade: an A for a G, a classical string for an electric, whatever they can make happen. We decided to send a care package down with a camera, tapes, t-shirts, strings, picks, microphones and cables.

We realized then that we had an opportunity to build something real. One box full of stuff was not enough. It would be a hollow act if it wasn’t followed up. So we had a benefit show called Solidarity Rock at The Artery in Edmonton. From one show emerged a small movement. I returned to Cuba with Sean Foster in December 2008. We managed to get a recording interface, a laptop computer for editing photos and videos and audio recordings, a couple guitars, more video tapes, guitar strings and more. About an hour after we flew out of Edmonton, an email was sent stressing that I should not use the word donation under any circumstances. I did not receive this email in time, so I told the customs agents the stuff we had was to be donated to musicians. They took everything and told us we would have to pay a $1000 tax to get our equipment back, and we were then shown the door. We made our way to Sancti Spiritus in an illegal ’57 Chevy, drinking rum from the bottle, blowing through police check points and asking ourselves exactly what we thought we were doing. We didn’t know what to say to everyone at home who had supported us. Over the next few months, I thought about quitting. But I thought about how much music could accomplish in Cuba, and decided that abandoning the project was the wrong idea. In July 2009, I returned with two friends, a stack of drum heads, more guitars and other equipment. We moved throughout central Cuba, meeting bands, making friends and refurbishing drum kits. We helped put together the biggest DIY festival in Cuba since 1995, with bands and fans coming from as far away as Havana to take part. When we got home, we started making plans for the next tour. We began working with Edmonton’s Slates, and through a lot of effort and seemingly impossible chalw w w. a lt e r n at i v e t r e n d s .c o m

lenges, we pulled off an almost-perfect rock tour. We rented a school bus from a church and played nine shows in six cities, playing with Cuba’s most important punk bands. Four days after we left Cuba, William Fabian, Cuba’s punk-rock godfather and one of the most magnetic people I’ve ever met, was killed in the streets trying to break up a fight. We all felt helpless and miles removed from our friends who were hurting, and I think that was the hardest part of the project thus far. Back in Canada, we began working with friends from Winnipeg’s SubCity, a punk/ska/ blues band like no other. They put on the first Solidarity Rock show outside of Edmonton, and helped us take a message of collaboration and possibilities to another community. This led to our most recent tour with Winnipeg’s Kids on Fire. In January 2011, we pulled off the third rock tour through Cuba. We’re now planning on returning this summer for some more explosive and beautiful musical exchanges. These shows are much more than just concerts. They represent international solidarity and exchange in a way that is rarely seen. Sandy Phimester, photographer Solidarity Rock is an artist-run organization working to partner musicians, artists and creative people in Cuba, Canada and beyond. It was started by my good friend Drew in 2007. The core of the movement is to help rock and roll thrive in Cuba. Not too long ago, being a punk rocker, a metal head, a rocker, was illegal there. With the support of Canadian musicians, Solidarity Rock holds benefit shows, raises awareness and funds and collects gear. A patch cord, guitar strings, an old amp, a bass, drum pieces – no donation is too great or small! The equipment is taken down to Cuba and distributed to people who fa l l / w i n t e r 2 0 11



need it most. There is now equipment for bands to share, and people have access to music and expression like never before. This year, Drew, a few others and I went to Cuba and witnessed the first tour across Cuba by a Cuban rock band. It was a defining moment in rock and roll history, in Cuba and beyond. If you know anything about Cuba’s history, then you know that this is no small feat. We travelled across Cuba with Winnipeg’s Kids on Fire and Cuba’s Arrabio, two punk-rock bands. They’re truly amazing guys, and I’m proud to say that they’re now some really great friends of mine, too. I photographed the tour while Drew filmed a documentary. All of the live shows were recorded, there were band interviews, and so much more. Rock and roll history was recorded on paper, photo and video. It’s hard to write down all of my experiences there: the park during the evenings, amazing conversations, ten-cent pizzas, the music, the bus, the wacky folks we met, the cheap alcohol (oh jeez), the beach, the cities, the shows, the venues, the beaming sun and +42°C weather, and most importantly, the new friends we made. Seeing hotel patrons was funny to us: they go to a resort or hotel but see nothing of Cuba. We spent two rest days out on the beach, and that’s about all I can handle. I sit on the beach and it’s great, but after a while all I can think about is what I’m missing out on back there in the real part of the country. This was Drew’s sixth trip down to Cuba for Solidarity Rock. I met his friends, and now they are my friends. I will never forget them, and I hope I get to see them every year. That’s a good dream. I know Solidarity Rock has helped the people in Cuba, but I also know that they have helped us as well. Live shows aren’t the same there as they are here, for many reasons, but the big difference is turnouts. Tons of people come to these shows. Crowds are not content in Cuba to just stand at the back of the room nodding their heads. They get up front, yell, scream, sing, dance and crash around. They really know how to let it all go! I miss them. I miss everything there, except maybe that one bathroom in Santa Clara… 14 fa l l / w i n t e r 2 0 11

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Let’s face it, when life gets tough, you probably reach for the comfort of food. It’s your brain’s way of telling you to find a quick fix – now! And, though you know you’ll pay for it later, a foul mood can send your cravings into overdrive, landing you in front of the fast food counter or storming down the candy aisle. While you may not be able to fight the urge to snack, you can opt for delicious munchies that not only satisfy your cravings but put you in a better mood by increasing healthy brain chemicals. In addition, you’ll get a better night’s sleep and wake up without that junk food hangover. Skip the Chips – Try Roasted Chickpeas Instead Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are loaded with folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that is associated with better brain cell development and the ability to process information more effectively. Several large studies point to lower levels of depression in people who consume diets high in folate. When chickpeas are seasoned and roasted to a golden brown, this mood-boosting snack is a delicious replacement for chips. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C). Toss a well-drained 15-oz. can of garbanzo beans with 1 tablespoon of canola oil, a pinch of salt and a sprinkle of garlic powder, cumin or chili powder. Gently spread the beans in a single layer on a baking sheet, roast for 15 minutes, and then shake the pan to brown evenly. Continue roasting for about 20 additional minutes or until the beans are crisp and golden. Cool before eating. Of Course There’s Chocolate Chocolate is the ultimate mood-booster, and with good reason. It contains polyphenols that lower the stress hormone cortisol, and it also raises serotonin, a chemical necessary for proper brain function and mood stability. When you’re feeling especially down in the dumps, chocolate can also stimulate your endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that help you look on the bright side. When it comes to eating chocolate, be selective. Sugary milk chocolate can spike blood sugar and lead to an energy crash.

Look for dark varieties that contain 60 to 74 percent cocoa solids. Studies show that as little as 1½ ounces of chocolate can have a positive effect on your mood.

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Replace that Ice Cream with Homemade Frozen Yogurt Researchers have found that the probiotics in yogurt create positive changes in brain chemistry. They do this by increasing tryptophan, an amino acid (and precursor to serotonin) that is highly effective in promoting relaxation and restful sleep. Additionally, probiotics are known for their ability to decrease harmful intestinal bacteria and inflammation, both of which are believed to contribute to depression in susceptible individuals. Place an 8-oz. cup of full-fat vanilla yogurt in a bowl and set it in the freezer, uncovered. Freeze for 30 minutes. Then begin stirring every 15 minutes to keep the yogurt from forming crystals. After two hours, the yogurt should have the consistency of soft

Spread on the Peanut Butter Protein-rich peanut butter contains hearthealthy monounsaturated fat and magnesium, a mineral that helps manage stress and promotes relaxation. Peanut butter also contains a significant amount of tryptophan and is considered an excellent bedtime snack when eaten in moderation. When you’re fighting the urge to munch, spread a couple of tablespoons of natural (no sugar added) peanut butter on whole grain crackers. Whole grains, when combined with small amounts of protein, can help the body produce more sleep-inducing melatonin. Just remember to eat your snack well ahead of bedtime: it takes about one hour after eating for tryptophan and melatonin to reach the brain.

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Vancouver may be one of the fastest-growing cities in North America, but Vancouverites love their laid-back lifestyle. The city is full of urban oases: gardens, parks and nature reserves that are perfect for taking time out to decompress. And British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, may be the centre of political wheeling and dealing, but pockets of peace in the middle of the city are more than easy to find. Here are the top ten urban oases in Vancouver and Victoria: 1) Stanley Park This 404.9 hectare public park is Vancouver’s most famous urban oasis. It’s right at the western edge of the peninsula that makes up the downtown core, but it’s as far from “downtown” as you can possibly get. There are over 200 km of hiking trails in the park, including an 8.8 km car-free “seawall” that runs along the ocean. Rent a bike or a pair of rollerblades and give the seawall a try, or walk through the park’s old-growth forest and along its untouched seacoast. 2) Bloedel Conservatory Vancouver isn’t widely known for a balmy climate and tropical birds, which might be why the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park is the city’s best-kept secret. Inside this geodesic dome, the weather is warm year-round and the air is filled with bird songs. Located in the centre of the city, the conservatory and surrounding park offer stunning views of the Vancouver skyline. It’s a 15-minute drive from downtown, and also accessible by public transit: take the #3 Main bus and get off at 33rd Avenue. 3) Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden At t he we ster n edge of Vancouver’s Chinatown, you’ll find the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Constructed in honour of a Chinese revolutionary and the Vancouverites who supported his political mission, this Chinese garden is a pocket of

the Ming Dynasty in downtown Vancouver. Fifteenth-century Chinese scholars often wandered through gardens like this, pondering philosophy or affairs of state. Even if you don’t have such heavy matters on your mind, a stroll through these gardens is guaranteed to put your mind at ease. 4) Grouse Mountain If you hear Vancouverites talking about the “Grouse Grind,” don’t be alarmed: they’re not referring to prairie chickens’ lewd dancing. The Grouse Grind is a notoriously steep trail up North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain. Walking or running up “the Grind” is a Vancouver stress-busting tradition, but if your legs aren’t up for the challenge, there’s also a gondola. The panoramic views of Vancouver from this 1231 m peak are the city’s best, and there are also lumberjack shows in the summer and nature movies year-round at the top of the gondola. The mountain is a 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. It’s also accessible by public transit: bus #236 from Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver leaves every 30 minutes. 5) Reifel Bird Sanctuary This 300 hectare bird sanctuary is just south of Vancouver’s Fraser River. The sanctuary’s wetlands and marshes are home to a bewildering variety of birds, from ducks to snow geese to the occasional bald eagle. Well-marked trails and secluded bird-watching huts make the Reifel Bird Sanctuary the perfect spot for an afternoon of urban decompression. It’s a 25-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. 6) Lynn Canyon This nature park in the mountains of North Vancouver is a local favourite. Vancouverites have picnicked and hiked here since the early 1900s. The suspension bridge at the entrance to the park crosses the headwaters of Lynn Creek and is not for the faint of heart. Once you’ve mustered up the courage to cross the 50-metre-high bridge, you’re met by an extensive network of hiking trails on the other side of the canyon. The park is a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, w w w. a lt e r n at i v e t r e n d s .c o m

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roadtosuccess I have taken photographs for many years. However, I was especially inspired by David Hockney and the “joiner” photographs that he did in the 1980s. His discussions with Paul Joyce – about whether or not photography is an art, and about the idea that the creation of a work of art takes place over time as the perspective of the artist changes – led me to look at a variety of ways of extending the role of the photographer in the creation of an image. I experimented with stereo photography, time exposures and night photography, but I was especially taken with infrared (IR) photography. At the time there were a variety of IR films available, but my favourites were black and white Kodak HIE (High Speed Infrared) and Kodak Color EIR (Ektachrome Professional Infrared). Working with both films was highly technical: they were temperature-sensitive and needed to be handled in complete darkness. But the effects produced were almost magical. When working with film, you have to rely on your skills and experience because you do not see the results of a shoot until much later. This is magnified with infrared film because the photographer cannot easily see what the film will capture: with black and white IR film, the images are very dreamlike, with white clouds, black skies and halos around glowing plants. Colour IR film captures images that are more like hallucinations, with arbitrary colours generated by the filters used on the camera. What resulted afterwards was almost always a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, with the rise of digital photography, these amazing films were discontinued by Kodak and lost to photographic artists. However, the loss of these films has not ended the use of infrared photography. The digital camera is in fact so sensitive to infrared light that camera manufacturers must install IR blocking filters in their cameras. If one is interested in hacking a camera, this filter can be eliminated and replaced with one that blocks all visible light and only allows IR light through. I am currently experimenting with this method, which produces similar effects to the old IR films but also gives the advantage of seeing what is captured almost immediately. The IR photographer can still attempt to capture the dreamy beauty that exists in the world outside the visible light spectrum.

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I’ve been interested in art for most of my life. An art teacher in elementary school was an early inspiration and his instruction and encouragement changed the way I looked at things. I began to appreciate what I saw in the work of artists like Rembrandt, with his strong light sources and deep shadows, and in the work of some contemporary artists doing illustrations for books and magazines. I enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan’s Fine Arts department right out of high school; however, my interest in realism didn’t mesh with the school’s focus at the time. I was never a very patient student, wanting to learn what I wanted to learn and not what someone else wanted to teach. So I left the university after only one year and didn’t again pursue an art career for over fifteen years. In 1994, a friend asked me to create a black and white poster to promote an event. To get some ideas, I picked up a book from the library that described several monochromatic techniques, one of which was called scratchboard. Scratchboard is black ink on white clay, and creating a work in it involves scratching off the black to reveal the underlying white, very much like drawing in reverse. I was intrigued by the process. Although I didn’t use it to create the poster, I did go looking for some scratchboard once the poster project was completed. My first scratchboard creation was a gift for my father – a rendering of an owl. By the time I finished, I was thoroughly addicted to this new (to me) process. I loved its potential for detail, and the process of working from dark to light seemed to be a very natural approach for me. I created several more works and joined a group exhibition at a local gallery. The show was very successful for me and all of my pieces sold. Many people asked if I did any work in colour, so I began developing techniques for adding watercolour to the scratchboard, something that I thought at the time had not been done before. I entered some of these new, full-colour pieces in a local wildlife art competition and did very well. Following this, I exhibited my work at a couple of local trade shows, where I sold my work and demonstrated my scratchboard technique. I enjoyed the interaction with the public and sales were good. I began looking at what other artists did to promote their work and contacted a few galleries. It quickly became apparent that galleries do not purchase work, but prefer to take it on consignment. My previous business experience made me nervous about this tendency. Sure enough, in my first experience with consigning my art, a local gallery sold two of my pieces but it was quite some time before I was able to collect my percentage. I decided that if I did what most artists do, I would get what most artists get. My belief was that most artists 2 6 fa l l / w i n t e r 2 0 11

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roadtosuccess struggled, so I planned to take a different approach than most. I had gained a lot of retail experience in the fifteen years since attending university and decided that I would put that experience to work for me. I rented a bay in one of Saskatoon’s larger shopping centres and opened my own gallery. Producing enough work to fill a gallery and selling enough to pay the rent proved to be challenging, even when I supplemented my inventory with reproductions. I have been fortunate, though, and the gallery’s been open for over eleven years, the entire time selling only my own work. For a few years I had a second location in Regina’s Cornwall Centre and was considering expanding to other cities in western Canada, but the stress of having so many things to keep track of and so many staff to worry about increased the rate of my genetically predisposed hair loss. I have since pared back my retail operations so I can focus more on creating art. Though my technique has evolved, my work retains the distinct detail that results from the scratchboard process. My first scratchboard subjects were wildlife scenes with a strong portrait

element, and I enjoy trying to capture the unique personality of each animal. I’ve exhibited at Spruce Meadows in Calgary and in the Fine Art Salon at the Calgary Stampede, and I’ve often been commissioned to paint portraits of horses, sometimes prize-winning jumpers and many times someone’s favourite work horse. I believe that art must evolve to remain art, so I always try to keep it creative. I occasionally create a new line of work that I am pleased with and display it in my gallery, even though it may be quite different from my usual style. Sometimes the new style is well received, but certainly not always. Sometimes my clients take my art in a new direction. Last year I was asked if I could do a painting of a customer’s Harley Davison. I decided that painting him on the bike would make the piece a little more personal, and the result was well received. This has led to painting more biker commissions, as well as a couple of automobiles and their proud owners. I call the line “What Moves You,” and I’m having a great time capturing the personalities of the people and the machines.

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Saeed Hojjati

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roadtosuccess I have been able to live in my personal paradise for the last six years, painting full-time. When my wife saw my sketch book, she asked if I had ever considered putting my drawings to colour. She encouraged me to experiment and take risks with my expression, and with her support, I took the opportunity to discover the creative side within me that had been untapped. My hope is that everyone would be able to live in their own paradise and be able to live their lives with passion and purpose. It seems fitting to me that the word paradise is rooted from the Old Iranian language, because I immigrated to Canada in 1988 from Iran and became a Canadian citizen. The Persian roots of the word paradise mean “pleasure-ground” or “park” or “king’s garden.” Today in our English language, paradise has come to mean a place of complete peace, delight and bliss. This English description articulates what being able to express myself through art means to me. My paintings have developed from a deep understanding of where I began in Iran to the freedom I experience today. My love for life and for the beauty of God’s creation leads me to paint with vivid colour, depth and spiritual passion. My paintings reflect the great beauty and diversity of our world. My mentors Eileen Raucher-Sutton, Barbara Schaefer and Doris Charest have encouraged me to develop my style and put my own mark on the art world. My purpose with my art is to create a place where individuals can connect with me in my journey and where they can feel freedom from the constraints in their own lives. My work invites viewers into a place where they feel peace, delight and bliss – a place of beauty and contentment that knows no boundaries and that is not bound by cultural or religious beliefs. My paintings encourage each of us to recognize that we all have a place to belong. What makes me stand out is my use of colour and perspective. There is a unifying effect in all of my paintings. I chose four primary colours and white and developed a consistent colour palette of 34 vibrant colours. Each painting reflects the combination of these colours. The bright colours are a direct contrast to the life I knew in Iran. Often my paintings contrast the reality of our lives or reflect new opportunities. I think viewers relate to this and get excited about the possibilities of living their own dreams. I want my paintings to engage people, to expose the parts of their hearts that are most vulnerable. And after they spend some time with my art, I hope they leave feeling better about themselves, their life and the world around them. My intention is to have a positive impact through my art, to have people appreciate the beauty in their own hearts and lives, and to inspire others to give back and make a difference. Some of my greatest challenges as an artist have been to build my profile, to get new galleries on board and to market to a larger commercial audience. To my wife, to my daughter Rozina, to individuals like Phil Alain and Lewis Lavoie, to gallery owners who have taken a chance with my work, and to so many people who have purchased my art and continue to support me so I can live in my paradise, I truly thank you.

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roadtosuccess I invite you to visit my website, drop down to the Daffodil Gallery (10412–124 Street, Edmonton, AB) where I also have a feature show for the month of September, or give me a call. My work is also represented by The Gallery on Main, Lacombe, AB, and Art Beat Gallery, St. Albert, AB. I would love to hear from you. Thank you for letting me share my gifts with you.

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Darlene Adams

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roadtosuccess I have loved art since I was very young, but when I was raising a family and having a business for 21 years, I didn’t really have that much time to paint. In that time, I travelled extensively, and was always so inspired by the world and the cultures around me. I got back into painting as a hobby in 2001 and had my first art show in 2003. My career really took off and I sold some 5 paintings that day! I am an experiential artist, one who paints by “feeling” the subject matter as opposed to looking at a photo. I love the rich, deep colours of nature – they can portray such emotion, good or bad. I love painting with oils – I love the rich, deep hues of the paint, and the buttery feeling it has when it is applied to canvas. I love to use the brush when I paint, but the palette knife is definitely a tool of my trade. I got my commercial art degree in high school at Victoria School of the Arts in Edmonton, but I am very much a selftaught artist. I am very much inspired by Van Gogh’s work – he painted with such freedom. Like I say, I paint by feeling. Many up-and-coming artists have asked me how I paint, and I always tell them the same tip: paint what is inside of you. I love being a part of the arts community in Edmonton. I am a member of CARFAC, the Edmonton Arts Council, VAAA, Artscapes Canada/Pays Art and Canadian Artists for the Poor. I also love that I am now in the international arts community. In 2010, I had showings in Lake Tahoe, California, and at the Artists Alley in San Francisco. The Agora Gallery in New York discovered my work through the director in San Francisco, and is now representing my Freedom Series from February 2, 2011 to February 2, 2012. I am travelling to California in August to see my wonderful family, and then off to New York for a month in October for my opening. I want to share something with the many wonderful artists that I have met. Believe in yourself, your work and what you are doing. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Take a risk and go with it. Most of all, find humour in your life, and don’t ever feel bad about how you paint or whatever other criticisms that people throw your way. It is all good. That is what makes us who we are. Success is inside all of us—you just need to bring it out!

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roadtosuccess How did you get into the industry? I had great parents who thought that I was an artist. They were so bemused that I tried very hard to study other things, work in other things. I was an assistant to a photographer and worked for a little while in advertising, but painting kept coming back to me. I was doing a lot of other things too, but still painting, and a little out of nowhere got to have a solo show in 1974 in Paris, France. I mean, how many parents encourage their child to be a painter, really? When I finally got back to painting only, they were kind of relieved. So not the usual story, when you come to think of it. Did anyone inspire you, or do you have a mentor? When I was 12, my parents got me into a weekly painting studio for kids in the basement of the Louvre, of all things. It was lots of fun. Then one year later they opened an etching studio in the back of the painting rooms. It had a huge press with four arms that you would turn to print etchings. I got in one Wednesday afternoon and thought I’d try to see just once what etchings were about. There was a man named Jacques Houplain, who was a master at etching. After one hour there I was hooked. Jacques Houplain taught me everything about etching on copper. Working with varnish and putting the plate in acid, pointe sèche, printing. You get your hands black with ink – very cool. I worked with him for four years. He was definitely my mentor. How long have you been doing this? I have been drawing and painting practically for forty years now. There were a few years in the late ’70s and early ’80s when I painted very little. I had three children and one of them got into a severe accident. Then in ’86 I started again. What do you feel makes you stand out from the rest? I am a draftsman, so I am really good at that. Pastels come really easy to me, as does etching—anything about the lines. But because it’ so easy, the last twenty years I have focussed on painting instead! What have been your challenges? Honestly, I am never really happy with the result. Or rather, I am really excited when I start, and it’s like diving into the unknown. I keep finding new things, very unpredictable. But then as it goes and it gets to the end, you are detached and then you just want to paint another. But then it’s magical again, it’s like the next one… What do you feel is your specialty? If I start a large canvas, I think “oh, I am so made for large sizes.” And then I get on a small canvas, and I am like “whoa, this is so exciting, this is so much better.” And then I go on a medium size, square, 36 x 36, and I am “oh, no, this is it, this is definitely it.” And if it’s oil I am thinking “oh, I am such an oil person” and then I do an abstract and I go “whoa, acrylic is so the way!” So I think my specialty is being an enthusiastic flake. Anything else you would like to share? I was just reading a small book of quotes by Picasso, and he said, “What one does is what counts, and not what one had the intention of doing.” Then another time he said, “Braque always said that in painting, only the intention counts. And it’s true. It’s what you want to do that counts, not what you do. That’s what’s important.” So I guess if I wanted to share something, it would be to never trust what a painter says.

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Auto Dynamics 11240 – 82 Street, (780) 479-5561 Chip Chic’s – Mobile Window Repair (780) 231-3499 Ericksen Nissan Ltd. 10982 – 101 Street, (780) 429-4611 Man Ton Tires & Auto Service 9905 – 107 Avenue, (780) 426-0540 Park Mazda 983 Fir Street, Sherwood Park, (780) 464-0668 Petersen Pontiac 10 Auto Mall, Sherwood Park, (780) 467-1111 Rally Subaru 9404 – 34 Avenue, (780) 702-0570 Subaru City 17708 – 111Avenue, (780) 702-0568 Tire Depot & Auto Infinity 10620 – 98 Street, (780) 414-6665


Canadian Western Bank Freedom 55 780-289-2453 Heritage Education Funds (780) 964-0395 HSBC Bank Canada Yorkton Pacific Mall #118, 9700 – 105 Avenue, (780) 424-3591 Integrity Financial Services (780) 640-8228 Royal Bank of Canada


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Dining – Cafe

Cargo & James 10634 Whyte Avenue, (780) 433-8152 The Carrot Community Art Coffee House 9351 – 118 Avenue, (780) 471-1580 Eco Café Westerose, Alberta, (780) 586-2627 MacEachern Tea House 4719 – 50th Avenue, (780) 352-0606 Mandolin Books 6419 – 112 Avenue, (780) 479-4050 Remedy 8631 – 109 Street, (780) 433-3096 Sugar Bowl Café & Bar 10724 124 Street, (780) 451-1038

Transcend Coffee 9869 – 62 Avenue, (780) 430-9198 Vitaly Teas , (780) 461-3176 Wild Earth Foods 8910 – 99 Street, (780) 439-4555 Wild Tangerine 10383 – 112 Street, (780) 429-3131

The Creperie 10220 – 103 Street, (780) 420-6656 Culina Highlands 6509 – 112 Avenue, (780) 477-2422 Culina Mill Creek 9914 – 89 Avenue, (780) 437-5588 Dadeo 10548 Whyte Avenue, (780) 433-0930 Delux Burger 9682 – 142 Street, (780) 420-0101 Devine 579, 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat, (403) 580-5510 Dial and Dine, (780) 944-9933 The Dish 12417 Stony Plain Road, (780) 488-6641 Dynasty Century Palace Restaurant Yorkton Pacific Mall, #206, 9700 – 105 Avenue, (780) 433-2828/(780) 428-3388 Eastbound Bistro 10177 – 99 Street, (780) 428-2448 Epoca Café 10827 – 95 Street, (780) 428-1982 Four Rooms 137 Edmonton City Centre East, (780) 426-4767 Fresh Start Bistro 484 Riverbend Square, (780) 433-9623 Gabbana 11223 Jasper Avenue, (780) 488-0955 Garden Bakery Restaurant 10019 – 106 Avenue, (780) 421-1228 GAYA 11147 – 87 Avenue, (780) 439-4978 Gini’s Restaurant 10706 – 142 Street, (780) 451-1169 Glens Grill at Montgomery Glen Golf & Country Club Wetaskiwin, (780) 352-8623 Golden Bird Restaurant 10544 – 97 Street, (780) 420-1612 Hardware Grill 9698 Jasper Avenue, (780) 423-0969 Haweli Restaurant 10220 – 103 Street, (780) 421-8100 81Liberton Drive, St. Albert, (780) 459-4808 High Level Diner 10912 – 88 Avenue, (780) 433-0993 Hoa-An Restaurant 9653 – 107 Avenue, (780) 425-6021 Homefire Bar & Grill 18210 – 100 Avenue, (780) 489-8086 Il Forno 14981 Stony Plain Road, (780) 455-0443 Jack’s Grill 5842 – 111 Street, (780) 434-1113 Julio’s Barrio

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Acajutla 11302 – 107 Avenue, (780) 426-1308 Accent Restaurant and Lounge 8223 – 104 Street, (780) 431-0179 Aliya’s Authentic Cuisine Unit 8 - 41, Broadway Blvd., Sherwood Park, (780) 467-4600 All Happy Family Restaurant Ltd. 10011 – 106 Avenue, (780) 421-8297 Bistro Praha 10168 – 100A Street, (780) 424-4218 Blue Chair Cafe 9624 – 76 Avenue, (780) 989-2861 Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant 10875 – 98 Street, (780) 428-5139 The Blue Pear 10643 – 123 Street, (780) 482-7178 Blue Plate Diner 10145 – 104 Street, (780) 429-0740 Bua Thai 10049 – 113 Street, (780) 482-2277 C & S Seafood Restaurant 10725 – 98 Street, (780) 429-8829 Cafe De Ville 10137 – 124 Street, (780) 488-9188 Cafe des Artistes 30, 8627 – 91 Street, (780) 465-4637 Café Italia 10803 – 95 Street, (780) 421-4918 Cafe Mosaics 10844 Whyte Avenue, (780) 433-9702 Cafe Select 405, 10018 – 106 Street, (780) 428-1629 8404 – 109 Street, (780) 438-1812 Century Grill 3975 Calgary Trail, (780) 431-0303 Chianti Cafe 10501 Whyte Avenue, (780) 439-9829 Ching’s Asian Kitchen & Dim Bar 10154 – 100 Street, (780) 428-8268 Circle Ring Chinese Restaurant 9642 – 107 Avenue, (780) 421-7510 Co Co Di 10160 – 100A Street, (780) 425-1717 Cocoa’s Restaurant 10222 – 102 Street, (780) 423-9650 Continental Treat Restaurant & Martini Bar 10560 Whyte Avenue, (780) 433-7432

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Packrat Louis Kitchen & Bar 10335 – 83 Avenue, (780) 433-0123 Padmanadi Inc. 10626 – 97 Street, (780) 428-8899 Pad Thai 10159 Whyte Avenue, (780) 437-4858 Pagolac Restaurant Ltd. 10566 – 97 Street, (780) 425-1540 Park Allen 7018 – 109 Street, (780)436-8080 Pazzo Pazzo Italian Cuisine 10016 – 103 Avenue, (780) 425-7711 Pho Hoa Restaurant 9727 – 106 Avenue, (780) 421-7082 Pipestone Food Co. Ltd. 4911 – 50 Street, Wetaskiwin, (780) 352-9596 Pradera Cafe & Lounge 10135 – 100 Street, (780) 493-8994 The Quarry 718 Main Street, Canmore, (403)678-6088 Red Ox Inn 9420 – 91 Street, (780) 465-5727 Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar Ltd. 10810 – 95 Street, (780)756-8902 River House Grill 8 Mission Avenue, St. Albert, (780) 458-2232 Riverside Bistro 1 Thornton Court, (780) 423-9999 The Rutherford House 11153 Saskatchewan Drive, (780) 427-3995 Saigon Garden Restaurant 9711 – 107 Avenue, (780) 428-8833 Santos Pizza & Steak 10821 – 95 Street, (780) 421-1507 Sapporo Sushi 10923 – 101 Street, (780) 758-8819 Sicilian Pasta Kitchen 11239 Jasper Avenue, (780) 488-3838 805 Saddleback Road, (780) 435-3888 Sofra Authentic Turkish Cuisine 108, 10345 – 106 Street, (780) 423-3044 Sorrentino Café-Bistro 10844 – 95 Street, (780) 425-0960 Spago Portugese Cuisine 12433 – 97 Street, (780) 479-0328 Spicy Garden Restaurant Yorkton Pacific Mall, #168, 9700 – 105 Avenue, (780) 425-8888 Spinelli Café & Bar Inc. 10850 – 95 Street, (780) 424-8259 Taipan Café 10627 – 97 Street, (780) 428-3318 Tea Bar Café Ltd. 10640 – 98 Street, (780) 424-0696 Tea Cottage Ltd. 10588 – 100 Street, (780) 425-6404 Tesoro Cafe Bar 11244 – 104 Avenue, (780) 42-LATTE Thanh Thanh Oriental Noodle House 10718 – 101 Street, (780) 426-5068 Trang Tung Sandwich 9607 – 107A Avenue, (780) 969-9996 Tropika 6004 – 104 Street, (780) 439-6699 Twisted Fork Diner & State Lounge 11162 Whyte Avenue, (780) 761-3675 Two Rooms Cafe 101, 10324 Whyte Avenue, (780) 439-8386 Upper Crust Cafe 10909 – 86 Avenue, (780) 433-0810 Van Loc Submarine 10648 – 98 Street, (780) 413-8887

Viet Huong Noodle House 10117 – 107 Avenue, (780) 424-9910 Viphalay Laos & Thai Restaurant 10724 – 95 Street, (780) 423-3213 Vi’s for Pies 13408 Stony Plain Road, (780) 454-4300 Von’s Steakhouse & Oyster Bar 10309 – 81 Avenue, (780) 439-0041 Wild Tangerine 10383 – 112 Street, (780) 429-3131 The Wine Cellar 12421 – 102 Avenue, (780) 488-9463 The Wokkery Restaurant 10969 – 98 Street, (780) 424-6546 Unheard of Restaurant 9602 Whyte Avenue, (780) 432-0480 Upper Crust Cafe 10909 – 86 Avenue, (780) 433-0810 Wok-King Restaurant 10013 – 106 Avenue, (780) 423-3743 Xtreme Asian Fusion Restaurant 10508 – 101 Street, (780) 413-3338 Yianni’s 10444 Whyte Avenue, (780) 429-3131 Zen Shabu Shabu Sushi & Grill 10518 – 101 Street, (780) 428-1235


Artist Guild of Edmonton Ging Wu Kung Fu Martial Arts 10712 – 98 Street, (780) 421-7439 Get Publishing Society Grant Macewan College Writing Works Show International Knitting School 10823 – 98 Street, (780) 990-1016/ (780) 708-6088 University of Alberta School of Business Alberta Business Family Institute, (780) 492-0234 University of Alberta Faculty of Extension Writers Beyond Borders Writer’s Guild of Alberta

Fashion – Clothing

C’est Sera 8239 – 104 Street, (780) 434-7435 Etzio 10338 Whyte Avenue, (780) 433-2568 Ginger Apparel 10116 – 124 Street, (780) 488-3344 Headcase Hats #301, 10368 Whyte Avenue, (780) 435-6601 Kaj Clothing 10125 – 124 Street, (780) 702-7122 Maggie Walt Design 11217 Jasper Avenue, (780) 482-1238 Red Ribbon 12505 – 102 Avenue, (780) 454-4336 Sabrina Butterfly Designs #102, 6421 – 112 Avenue, (780) 482-6460 She Matters 12234 – 107 Avenue, (780) 488-4043 Thread Hill 10725 – 124 Street, (780) 482-1200 What Women Want 5708 – 111 Street, (780) 431-2110

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Fashion – Eye Wear

Dr. Ho Optometrist 10638 – 97 Street, (780) 425-3322 Eye Care Group 10724 Whyte Avenue, (780) 439-2020 The Observatory Opticians 10608 Whyte Avenue, (780) 438-3448 Super Optical 12316 Jasper Avenue, (780) 482-6868 Thompson Optics 11303 – 104 Avenue, (780) 425-LENS (5367) Women With Vision 10515 – 109 Street, (780) 423-3937

Fashion – Hair

bobby pin Hair Studio 10046 – 102 Street, (780) 761-3555

Fashion – shoes

Katwalk Shoes Hawkstone Plaza, 18336 Lessard Road, (780) 481-1936 Kunitz Shoes 837 Saddleback Road, (780) 438-4259 Wener Shoes 10322 Jasper Avenue, (780) 422-2718


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Health – Acupuncture/ herbalists

AJM Acupuncture #44, 143 Liberton Drive, St. Albert, (780) 459-2788 Alberta Acupuncture Clinic 10859 – 97 Street, (780) 424-9133 Southeast Asia Herbs & Co. 10666 – 97 Street, (780) 426-3254

Health – Chiropractor/ Massage

Academy of Reflexology (780) 235-3720 Alberta Massage Therapy Supplies, 1-866-449-5165 Association of Massage Therapists and Wholistic Practitioners Back Basics & Foot Care 11610 – 75 Avenue, (780) 436-8059 Dickinsfield Wholistic Therapy #1, Dickinsfield Mall, (780) 233-1116 Edmonton Neck & Back Clinic 4249 – 97 Street, (780) 989-6008

Me Time with Valerie 780-901-7582 Pause Massage 11807 – 105 Avenue, (780) 732-2272

HEalth – fitness/Spas

Athletica Sport & Fitness (780) 641-0888 Divine Body Spa 17026 – 95 Avenue, (780) 481-9SPA (9772) Dr. J. Y. Liao 11516 Jasper Avenue, (780) 482-1548 External Affairs 13303 – 127 Street, (780) 455-2754 8 Mission Avenue, St.Albert, (780) 459-5520 Healing Connections 10548 – 115 Street, (780) 488-9779 Healing Water Spa 10740 Whyte Avenue, (780) 988-7873 Sandhar Homeopathic Clinic 10704 Whyte Avenue, (780) 439-6907 Sacred Diva Healing Centre for Women 10830 – 124 Street, (780) 488-3482

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How did you get into the industry? I didn’t want to work in a kitchen the rest of my life and I had always had a great interest in being a tattoo artist. I decided if I didn’t want to work in a kitchen the rest of my life I was going to have to learn how to tattoo and fast. Thanks to my big extended family I always had lots of volunteers to help keep me busy and it just took off from there. Who do you draw inspiration from now? Tin Tin is a great inspiration for me he is highly motivated and always improving his art work. I often visit with him and discuss art work with him or he comes to visit me when he is in town. I’m always inspired by my friends in the industry and new up and coming artists that I see when I attend conventions. I may not even know their names yet but their art work and tattoos are just amazing. The artists are just exploding in this industry and it’s really great to see so many new artists doing great work. How long have you been a Tattoo Artist? I’ve been around 22 or 23 years now. What style of art work do you prefer to tattoo? Japanese, Californian and European style Dragons and Japanese influenced backgrounds and flowers. You really can’t call it Japanese style because I don’t live in Japan, but I’m definitely influenced by their style of art work. What style of art work do you stay away from? Celtic, Wildlife, Portraits, Lettering and Realism. What have been your challenges if any? Getting out of bed in the morning. Just keeping yourself motivated, and continuing to look for inspiration. Keeping creative isn’t as easy as many people think. You need to always look to do bigger and better work than your last piece even if it is challenging. Do you do many guest spots? Yes, always when I travel I stop into the shops of my friends when ever I can. How far in advance are you booked? Usually I am 3 to 6 months in advance, but I do a lot of work on my friends that I have already started. I prefer to have a consultation with the client long before I start a piece on them. This way I can measure them out first and make sure the art work flows well with the body and that the client likes what I have created for them before we get started. Most pieces are done over multiple sessions.

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The English dictionary defines conventions as a formal meeting of members, representatives, or delegates, as of a political party, fraternal society, profession, or industry. There is nothing formal about a tattoo convention, so we decided to create our own definition. We define conventions, as educational, informative, full of tattoo artists, tattoo seekers, body modification artists and seekers, best in entertainment, fun, mayhem, craziness, did we mention loads of FUN. If you haven’t been to a tattoo convention you must attend one soon. There is way too much going on at a convention and it is too hard to describe but the energy is high and so are some of the attendees. We will do our best to highlight artists, entertainment and anything that should be highlighted in regards to a convention. A lot of time and efforts go into organizing a convention, hosting a convention and being an exhibitor at a convention. Make sure you have a game plan, get a map, and an exhibitors list if either is available. Start at one end and work your way around or go straight to the artist you researched before attending. Attend as many parties as you can for this is a relaxed atmosphere and all part of attending a convention. Watch out, we may be coming to a convention near you.

FIRST, a word to the wise, we’ve attended a bunch o’ conventions and even put some on, so for those of you who are not convention savvy, here are some tips:

1. If you can , call ahead for discount passes. Most conventions have cheaper prices for pre-bought passes. Also, if applicable, ask for a convention room rate from the hotel and try to book in as far in advance as possible. Get that hotel room ASAP. You usually want to arrive on the thursday, that way you’re all settled for friday and into that social groove thing. Also, do a convention outside your city and area, as a tattoo vacation. If you look into it, there are conventions in a lot of interesting cities. 2. If you want to get work done by an artist, particularly a popular one, try to book time in advance. You may get there only to discover that the artist is booked from day one. You can also buzz web sites for a listing of artists, or call the infoline for a brochure to see who is working the show.

3. Merchandising makes money, but at the last hour of the last day, you will find T-shirt and other items mysteriously go on sale, so you could save some bucks. However, you could screw yourself out of a hot t-shirt too. 4. The artists work hard on their artwork and flash,

so ask permission when taking photographs of flash or custom artwork. Also, if you have artwork that you want to show around yourself and you don’t have a booth, have the decency to let the promoters know upfront. Inquire as to what arrangements you have to sell or trade your flash/machines, what have you on their floor. REFRAIN FROM PLACING BEVERAGES ON ANY TABLES WITH ARTWORK, EGAD MAN the life you ruin may be your own !!!

Are you on the road to success or is it a road less travelled?

5. Don’t be whimsical. Whether you’re getting a

Do you have what it takes to be profiled in Walking Canvas? If you think so, we would love to hear from you.

6. Really really important, you may be able to find

Your stories, experiences and portfolios are a reflection of how you came to be who you are today, and we would like to share these with our readers. Please write to us Attention: Road to Success at #194, 10654 82 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6E 2A7. Include a disc with sample photos of your art, and if we are interested, we will contact you. Thank you in advance to all submissions.

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tattoo or buying a book, don’t judge solely by the cover. Just because they’re at a convention does not mean they know what they are doing. First and foremost, always check out the portfolios. an ATM machine but chances are it will have a huge lineup, don’t waste your time in unnecessary lineups, just bring loads of cash cause there are loads of cool things to purchase and most wont accept debit or cheques.

7. Don’t run around like a giddy kid or interrupt

working artists for a photo. Just ask politely when they have a free moment. Often enough, you can get photos in the lounge/bar later. And god forbid, don’t be dumb enough to touch or hug a working artist, he/she needs a steady hand!! Most of all, get out there and support your artists. You don’t have to get tattooed. And if you are interested in learning more about the art, conventions have a wealth of information and collectables. See you out there !!!! – information courtesy of Damian McGrath

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upcoming conventions August 4-7th - Ireland Waterford City 1st International Tattoo Convention (Waterford),Tattoo Convention

August 5-7th - Taiwan Taiwan International Tattoo Convention (Taipei)

August 6-7th - Canada Niagara Tattoo Expo (Niagara Falls)

August 2nd - Italy Catanzaro Tattoo Convention (Catanzaro)

August 6-7th - Chile 4th Tattoo and Body Art Convention (Antofagasta)!/ profile.php?id=1716195121

August 12-14th - America Immersed in Ink Tattoo and Arts Festival (Louisville)

August 12-14th - Romania Transilvania Tattoo Expo (Sibiu)

August 12-14th - Austria 4th Starfire Tattoo Weekend (Poysdorf)

August 12-14th - America Art Riot Tattoo Expo (Cambridge)

August 13-14th - U.K. Norwich Body Art Festival (Norwich)

August 19-21st - Germany Mainz Tattoo Convention (Mainz)

August 19-21st - Austria 4th Styrian Tattoo and Hotrod Show (Gleisdorf)

August 20-21st - Brazil 10th Tattoo Expo (Niteroi) Website to be announced...

August 20-21st - Brazil 3rd Expo Tattoo Conquista (Conquista) Website to be announced...

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August 25-28th - America Rick’s 14th International Tattoo Convention (Green Bay)

September 15-18th - America Paradise Tattoo Gathering (Hancock, Massachusetts)

August 26-28th - Sweden Stockholm Inkbash (Stockholm)

September 17th - Germany 5th Tattoo Day - Isselburg

August 26-28th - America Hell City Tattoo Fest 2011 (Phoenix)

August 26-28th - Italy 4th Tattoo Convention Cagliari (Cagliari)

August 26-28th - Austria 4th International Tattoo Convention Bregenz (Bregenz) html

September 23-25th - U.K. The International London Tattoo Convention (London)

September 23-25th - America Inked Out NJ (Secaucus)

September 30th-October 2nd - America Inked for a Cause (Ventura)

August 27-28th - Brazil 2nd Convencao Internacional de Sao Bernardo do Campo (Sao Paulo)

September 30th-October 1st - America Mario Barth’s Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth - Las Vegas

September 2-4th - Germany 6th International Tattoo Convention Reutlingen (Reutlingen)

October 1-2nd - Switzerland 11th Tattoo Convention St.Gallen (Gossau)

September 2-4th - America 10th Annual Boston Tattoo Convention (Boston)

October 7-9 - Ukraine 7th International L’viv Tattoo Convention (L’viv)

September 2-4th - America 2011 Jacksonville Tattoo Convention (Jacksonville)

October 8-9th - France 6th Tattoo Convention Nantes (Nantes)

September 4-5th - Argentina 4th Mandinga Fest (Buenos Aires)

October 14 - 16th - Canada The Alberta Bound Tattoo & Arts Festival (Calgary)

September 9-11th - Canada 8th Montreal Art Tattoo Show (Montreal)

October 28-30th - America Immersed in Ink Tattoo and Arts Festival (Reno)

September 9-11th - Holland 6th Tattoo Convention Assen (Assen)

October 29-30th - Germany 3rd Tattoo Convention Ansbach (Ansbach)

September 10-11 - Germany 11th Internationale Tattoo and Piercing Expo (Eggenfelden)

October 29-30th - U.K. Halloween Tattoo Bash (Devon)

Website to be announced...

September 14th - France Tattoo Art Fest (Paris)

November 5-6th - Germany Tattoo Convention Kiel (Kiel)

November 5th - Austria International Tattoo Convention Vienna (Vienna)

November 11-13th - Peru Peru International Tattoo Expo (Lima) ooExpo

November 12-13th - U.K. East Coast Tattoo Expo (Essex)

November 12-13th - Chile 7th International Tattoo and Body Art Convention (Santiago) Website to be announced...

November 25-27th - Italy 4th International Tattoo Expo (Trieste)

November 25-27th - Germany Tattoo Convention Mannheim (Mannheim)

November 26-27th - Holland 5th Alkmaar Tattoo Convention (Alkmaar)

November 30th - French Polynesia Festival Tatau Tahiti (Tattoonesia) (Moorea)

September 3-4th - Germany 3rd Tattoo Convention Lubeck (Lubeck)

November 4-6th November - Ireland Dublin Tattoo Convention (Dublin)

December 2-4th - Germany 21st International Tattoo Convention Berlin (Berlin)

December 9-11 - America OSR Super BBQ (Barstow)

December 9-11th - Bolivia Tattoo Convention Bolivia 2011 (La Paz) Website to be confirmed...

December 29-30th - Ireland Ho Ho Ho Tattoo Show (Cork) 3896301&v=wall

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Tattoo Studios/Supplies canada alberta

Arthouse Tattoo & Piercing Studio 208-223 10 Street NW, Calgary, (403) 283-2883 Blackbird Electric Custom Tattoo #5, 1330 - 15th Avenue SW, Calgary, (403) 229-1225 Body Inc. 215 10 Street NW, Calgary, (403) 270-3817 Bushido 1112 4 Street SW, Calgary, (403) 261-1009 Haze Tattoo 5011 52 Avenue, Whitecourt, (780) 706-2333 Imapct Body Art 1225 12 Avenue SW, Calgary, (403) 228-4218 Immaculate Concept Tattoo & Piercing 520 - 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, (403) 228-6767 Inklined Tattooz & Piercing 3-4 Cuendent Ind. Way, Sylvan Lake, (403) 887-1033 Inkubus Tattoo & Body Piercing 211, 9823 116 Avenue, Grande Prairie, (780) 832-0209 Ironwill Tattoo Inc 410, 9737 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, (403) 252-0910 Jaded Body Arts 507 5 Street S, Lethbridge, (403) 331-0004 Jokers Tattoo & Body F X 1607 A Centre Street NW, Calgary, (403) 269-5583 Living Color Tattoo 1327 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, (403) 237-9192 Native Arts Tattoo & Piercing 207, 4912 50 Street, Red Deer, (403) 309-3089 Pagan TATU 8604 99 Street NW, Edmonton, (780) 413-3289 Raptor Tattoo 11444 124 Street NW, Edmonton, (780) 455-2952 Raz’s Tattoo Studio Inc 11111 100 Street, Grande Prairie, (780) 814-5227 Renaissance Tattoos & Body Piercing Inc 3, 4418 50 Avenue, Red Deer, (403) 314-1616 Ritualistics 15804 Stony Plain Road NW, Edmonton, (780) 413-8434 S and S Tattooing 15351 Stonyplain Road NW, Edmonton, (780) 487-9919 Sacred Skin Tattooz 1, 1210 1 Avenue S, Lethbridge, (403) 331-3110 Southside Clothing & Tattoos 7017 Ogden Road SE, Calgary, (403) 720-6700 To the Point 9250 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, (403) 240-2120 Tribal Expressions Inc 102, 1026 16 Avenue NW, Calgary, (403) 210-2442 Urge Studios 9654 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton, (780) 420-6252

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Ace Tattoo 102, 20346 Logan Avenue, Langley, (604) 514-9432 Adrenaline Inc 982 Granville Street, Vancouver, (604) 669-6800 5 8 fa l l / w i n t e r 2 0 11

Artistic Tattoo 17581-57 Avenue B, Surrey, (604) 575-8365 Ascension Studios 200 - 2612 Bridge, Victoria, (250) 472-0400 Black & Blue Tattoos & Piercing 575 Terminal Avenue, Nanaimo, (250) 753-1646 Black Art Tattoo 467 Main Street, Penticton, (250) 493-4116 Black Ohm Tattoos 7-1040 Millar Creek, Whistler, (604) 938-8878 Black Rose Professional Tattoo & Piercing Studio 333 5th Street, Courtenay, (250) 334-2131 Blackwater Tattoos 1290 12th Avenue E, Vancouver, (604) 879-7687 Bolder Syde Custom Tattooing 255 4th Avenue, Kamloops, (250) 377-3780 Bryans Tattoo Studio 101, 32865 Ventura Avenue, Abbotsford, (604) 850-2379 Bully Boy Tattoos 179 Station Street, Duncan, (250) 597-4788 Buzz Bin 1020 102 Avenue, Dawson Creek, (250) 782-7008 Cats Tats Skin Art Studio B 604 Ward Street, Nelson, (250) 352-5575 Catwoman Tattoos 47135 Yale Road, Chilliwack, (604) 793-0881 Crane Tattoo 222 Irwin Street, Prince George, (250) 562-4924 D N A Tattoos 204, 322 Victoria Street, Kamloops, (250) 372-2264 DB Superior Tattoos 2767 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, (604) 879-1245 Defiance Body Studio 101, 22337 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge, (604) 466-9959 Dermagraphic Body Art 1161 Sunshinecoast Highway 7, Gibsons, (604) 886-1510 Dermagraphic Osmosis Tattoo & Piercing 6631 Buswell Street, Richmond, (604) 270-2442 Dragon Tattoo 13652 Grosvenor Road, Surrey, (604) 582-7222 Dutchman Tattoos 7521 6th Street, Burnaby, (604) 522-5156 Electro-Ladylux 876 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, (604) 488-0284 Envy Ink Tattoo 123 Castillou Way , Salts Spring Island, (250) 537-2211 Eternal Tattoos Bsmt, 46 Wakesiah Avenue, Nanaimo, (250) 753-7669 Eye of the Beholder Tattooes & Piercing 3300 30 Avenue, Vernon, (250) 542-0334 Fat Cat Tattoo 630 - 12 Street, New Westminster, (604) 522-3004 Fatbaby Custom Dermagraphics 100 Kalamalkalake Road 43, Vernon, (250) 542-9905 Firehouse Tattoos 1233 17th Avenue B, Prince George, (250) 564-3966 Five Fathoms #3, 2908 - 32 Street, Vernon, (250) 260-7843 Fleshworks Tattoos & Body Piercing 2028 Douglas, Victoria, (250) 590-5379

Floating World Tattoo 140, 3411 No.3 Road, Richmond, (604) 232-0220 Foxfire Tatoos & Piercing 755 6th Street, New Westminster, (778) 288-9986 Free Range Studio 3278 Broadway W, Vancouver, (604) 708-2291 Free Spirit Tattoos 1921 Burrard Street, Vancouver, (604) 730-9251 Freedom Body Piercing & Tattooing 2, 3212 30th Avenue, Vernon, (250) 558-3733 Funhouse Tattoo 3001 Cambie Street, Vancouver, (604) 879-4114 Gangsters Ink 102, 8364 Young Road, Chilliwack, (604) 792-4465 Genesis Designs Tattooing & Airbrushing 2603 35 Steet, Vernon, (250) 558-1011 Georgio’s 635 Salon & Body Clinique 1690 Hemlock Street Main, Prince George, (250) 563-7633 Geronimo Tattoo 8050 Anderson Road, Richmond, (604) 304-9867 Geronimo Tattoo 4641 Kingsway, Burnaby, (778) 371-7149 Halo Tattoo Piercing Henna 801 Park Street, Nelson, (250) 354-5584 Happy Monkey Tattoo 1177 3rd Avenue, Prince George, (250) 564-8280 Heritage Tattoo Studio 2 - 3892 Carey, Saanich, (250) 727-1002 Hive Hair Lounge 614 Johnson Street, Victoria, (250) 361-4473 I Kandy Tattooing Inc 20568 56 Avenue, Langley, (604) 532-1188 Ink Bomb Tattoos 199 17th Avenue E, Vancouver, (604) 874-2662 Ink Boy Tattoos Studio 2142 Clearbrook Road 4, Abbotsford, (604) 557-1822 Inkwizzition Tattoo & Body Piercing 32292 Southfraser Way 3, Abbotsford, (604) 851-5666 Janza Studio Hair & Body 9802 5th Street, Sidney, (250) 655-9595 Jentri Esthetics & Permanent Makeup 5107 Somerset Drive D, Nanaimo, (250) 758-2006 Lady Luck Tattoo 20771 Fraser Hwy, Langley, (604) 533-6683 Let’s Make Up 8102 Cade Barr Street, Mission, (604) 826-3503 Level 13 Tattoo 311 Main 201A, Penticton, (250) 492-8287 Liquid Amber Tattoo 3574 4th Avenue W, Vancouver, (604) 738-3667 Long-Time-Liner Conture Make-Up 2251 West 41 Avenue (Kerrisdale), Vancouver, (604) 263-8880 Lotus Land Tattoo 3278 W Broadway, Vancouver, (778) 737-6824 Marie Ruiz Skin Care 2107 16th Avenue W, Vancouver, (604) 733-5523 Mike’s Tattoo 5275 Transcanada Highway, Duncan, (250) 701-9114 Milly’s Tattoo Alley 20270 Industrial Avenue, Langley, (604) 533-6511

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Mirella’s Touch Of Class 2910 Boundary Road, Burnaby, (604) 430-6067 Mr Clean Tattoos 4515 Gertrude Street, Port Alberni, (250) 720-2273 Mum’s Tattoo 291 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver, (604) 984-7831 Next! Body Piercing & Tattooing 1068 Granville Street, Vancouver, (604) 684-6398 Nexus Tattoo & Piercing 1257 Ironwood Street, Campbell River, (250) 2861762 Pacific Body Jewellery 285, 295 Douglas Street, Victoria, (250) 995-2868 Painted Dragon Tattoos 713 Goldstream Avenue, Victoria, (250) 478-2148 Pair O Dice 13 -- 560 Johnson Street, Victoria, (250) 386-3423 Phantom Ink Tattoos 719 2nd Avenue W, Prince Rupert, (250) 624-6919 Phoenix Tattoo 1126 3rd Avenue, Prince George, (250) 564-5366 Pinz-N-Needlez Boardz-N-Body Art 444 Trans Canada Hwy SW, Salmon Arm, (250) 832-8233

Praying Mantis Tattoo 297 A Borland Street, Williams Lake, (250) 392-6311 Primal Instinct 1546 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, (250) 712-2000 Prophecy Tattoo & Piercing Studios 3825 2nd Avenue, Smithers, (250) 877-6077 Rich With Color Tattoo Studio 208, 4546 Park Avenue, Terrace, (250) 638-0852 Ritual Tattoo 1, 537 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, (250) 862-8205 Sacred Heart Tattoo & Body Piercing 3734 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver, (604) 224-1149 1685 Davie Street, Vancouver, (604) 669-4055 725 Nelson Street, Vancouver, (604) 647-0826 Shambhala Tattoos 201, 255 Victoria Street, Kamloops, (250) 377-3444 Shelley’s Tattoos 507 Baker Street, Suite 201A, Nelson, (250) 352-0771 Sinister Skin Tattoos & Body Piercing 2520 St Johns A, Port Moody, (604) 931-8272 Six Gill Custom Tattoo P.O Box 797, Sechelt, (604) 740-3848 Spider Tattoo 716 Columbia, New Westminster, (604) 524-3666

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Spitfire Tattoo 552 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, (604) 255-1500 Sun City Tattoos & Piercing 259 Main, Penticton, (250) 492-2204 Supreme Tattoos & Body Piercing 46122 Yale Road, Chilliwack, (604) 703-0322 Tattoo Zoo 1215 Wharf Street, Victoria, (250) 361-1952 Tattoodles Online Limited 1081 Nicola Street, Vancouver, (604) 669-9804 Tattoos by Mike 5275 Transcanada Highway, Duncan, (250) 701-9114 To the Point Body Piercing & Tattoos 33782 Hazel Street, Abbotsford, (604) 870-4653 Tranceformations Tattoo & Body Piercing 3 - 4047 Norwell Drive, Nanaimo, (866) 872-6234 Twilight Tattoo Studio 38129 2nd Avenue, Squamish, (604) 892-8286 Twin Villian 1- 306 Water Street, Vancouver, (604) 685-7990 The Union Tattoo Studios 101 - 764 Yates, Victoria, (250) 382-7546 Universal Tattooing 1306 Broad Street, Victoria, (250) 382-9417 Urge Studios 1026 Cook Street, Victoria, (250) 380-2989 Vertigo Tattoos & Body Piercing 2, 190 Hudson Avenue NE, Salmon Arm, (250) 804-0155

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Wes’ Tattoos 107 - 22550 Dewdney Truck Road, Maple Ridge, (604) 467-1820 Westcoast Piercing 14687 108 Avenue, Surrey, (604) 584-2639 Westcoast Tattoo 620 Davis Street, Vancouver, (604) 681-2049 Who’s Next Tattoo 33139 North Railway Avenue, Mission, (604) 826-0677 Wolf’s Den Tattoo & Body Piercing 1407 2nd Avenue, Trail, (250) 364-1977

new brunswick

Steff Tattoo & Airbrush Shop 93 B Roseberry Street, Campbellton, (506) 789-7796


Tattoos By Sam 8 Grenfell, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, (709) 896-5235

nova scotia

Ink About It Tattoo 35 Main, Chester, (902) 275-2592 Ink Mark’s Tattooing 46 John Street, Yarmouth, (902) 749-0708


Abstract Arts Tattooing & Bodypiercing 452 Queen Street W, Toronto, (416) 504-8288 Al’s Tattooing 847 Dufferin Avenue, London, (519) 432-6994 Anipeg Tattoo 648 Queen Street W, Sault Ste Marie, (705) 254-5531 Art Addictions Inc 41 Queen Street E, Brampton, (905) 451-1063 Artist of Life Tattoos at the Delta 1129 Main Street E, Hamilton, (905) 549-5252 Big Dave’s Tattoo Studio 282 Wellington Street W, Sault Ste Marie, (705) 254-3822 Blue Dragon Tattoo 273 Wellington Street, London, (519) 434-4706 Body Graphics Tattoo 119 Charles Street, Carleton Place, (613) 257-4312 Buddha’s Belly Professional Body Piercing 298 Bagot Street, Kingston, (613) 545-0862 Cottage 13 224 King Street W, Hamilton, (905) 577-0313 Dansing Dragon Tattoos & Body Piercing Clinic 630 Lakeshore Road E, Mississauga, (905) 271-0658 Dark Side Tattoos 1125 King Street E, Hamilton, (905) 549-1333 Dermagraphics By Paul 83 Macdonell Street, Guelph, (519) 836-8680 295 Main Street E, Milton, (905) 693-8600 Eternal Body Art 779 King Street E, Cambridge, (519) 650-9700 Eternal Images 6 Cambridge Street N, Lindsay, (705) 324-2449 Fantality Tattoo 420 George Street N, Peterborough, (705) 741-2880 Fat Cat Tattoo 14810 Yonge Street, Aurora, (905) 841-2417 Future Skin Tattoo 218 Rideau Street, Ottawa, (613) 562-8282, 6 0 fa l l / w i n t e r 2 0 11

(613) 241-4665 Generation Ink 116 King Street W, Bowmanville, (905) 623-1998 Great Canadian Tattoo Company 3373 Lake Shore Boulevard W, Etobicoke, (416) 503-4513 Harley’s Tattoo Studio 1315 Plank, Sarnia, (519) 339-1078 Harper Tattoo Removal & Equipment Supply Co 154 Dundas Street E, Toronto, (416) 368-0746 Head of the Class Rock Shop 261 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, (519) 622-2884 Holesum 9 Saint Nicholas Street, Toronto, (416) 925-6612 Immortal Impressions 17817 Leslie Street, Newmarket, (905) 953-0456 Injections 400 Front Street, Belleville, (613) 969-6592 Ink Fetish Tattoo Shop 31 Ross Street, Barrie, (705) 725-9645 Jonzies Tattoo 48 King Street, Trenton, (613) 392-2500 King of Fools Tattoos 568 Yonge Street, Toronto, (416) 323-8777 Kreative Khaos Piercing 28 Plains Road E, Burlington, (905) 634-8989 Lasting Looks Clinic 3009 Bloor Street W, Etobicoke, (416) 234-2110 Lower East Side Tattoo & Bodypiercing 2234 Kingston Road, Scarborough, (416) 267-7300 Lucky 13 Tattoo Shop 986 Kingston Road, Toronto, (416) 686-8545 Lucky Devil Tattoo Art Studio 3 Clapperton Street S, Barrie, (705) 720-2202 Lucky Devil Tattoo Art Studio 110 Main Street S, Newmarket, (905) 830-0779 Midway Tattoo 285 Midland Avenue, Midland, (705) 528-1218 Need A New Hole 1608 Tecumseh Road E, Windsor, (519) 974-4848 Neo-Primitive 10, 302 10 Street, Hanover, (519) 364-0037 New Moon Tattoo 80 Burland Street, Ottawa, (613) 596-1790 5929 Jeanne D’ Arc Boulevard S, Orleans, (613) 837-6273 New Tribe Piercing & Tattooing 232 Queen Street W, Toronto, (416) 977-2786 Nighthawk Tattoo and Gallery 82 Norfolk Street, Guelph, (519) 767-0801 Oui’s Tattoos 114 Lansdowne Street E, Peterborough, (705) 742-0131 PINZ Needlez Piercing 177 Mississaga Street W, Ottawa, (705) 323-9765 Panther Products Canada 171 Main, Dutton, (519) 762-2712 Perfect Image 28 Main, Wasaga Beach, (705) 429-1243 691 Richmond Street, London, (519) 434-6080 Planet Ink 306 Rideau Street, Ottawa, (613) 244-2357 Planet Ink Extreme 174 Rideau Street, Ottawa, (613) 789-2507 Primal Instincts 198 Church Street, Keswick, (905) 476-2002 Shatara Tattoo 170 Water Street N, Cambridge, (519) 623-4465 Sinful Inflictions 26 Hillcourt Avenue, Whitby, (905) 430-9840 Sinkin’Ink

32 Hess Street S, Hamilton, (905) 777-9335 Skinner’s Tattoo Works 542 Upper James Street, Hamilton, (905) 385-7023 Spellbound Tattoos 22 King Street E, Brockville, (613) 498-2200 Steel Sanctuary 225 Dougall Avenue, Windsor, (519) 977-5497 Stigmata 34 Carden Street, Guelph, (519) 763-7848 Stinger Tattoo & Body Piercing 253 Davis Drive, Newmarket, (905) 895-7774 Stray Katz Tattoo’s 194 King, Wloo, (519) 569-7558 Tat-A-Rama 3834 W Bloor Street, Etobicoke, (416) 234-1144 2225 Queen, Toronto, (416) 693-2331 Tattaddicts Tattooing 129 Wellington Street E, Mount Forest, (519) 323-3151 Tattoos by Zap 1081 3 Avenue, Owen Sound, (519) 371-8088 Tora Tattoo 7 Young Street E, Waterloo, (519) 888-6420 Underground Ink 595 Talbot Street, St Thomas, (519) 633-7626 340 Wardrope Avenue, Thunder Bay, (807) 345-8393 Vital Spark 140 Kerr Street, Oakville, (905) 844-7566 Vivid Tattoo Studios 41 Water Street N, Cambridge, (519) 622-4845 Way Cool Tattoos 679 Queen Street W, Toronto, (416) 603-0145 650 King, Kit, (519) 742-0499 2555 Eglinton Avenue E, Scarborough, (416) 265-2578 Wizard Skin Art 98 Queen Street S, Kit, (519) 743-1132 The Wizzard’s Den 3477 Petawawa Boulevard, Petawawa, (613) 687-5250 Wylde Tattoo 219 King Street W, Hamilton, (905) 777-0129

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Eternal Dragon Tattoo 55 St. Peters Road, Charlottetown, (902) 626-3861


Adrénaline 1541 Sherbrooke Rue Ouest, Montréal, (514) 938-8884 Ancient Arts Tattoos & Body Piercing Studio 9550 Gouin Boulevard Ouest, Pierrefonds, (514) 421-7408 Art Cyniq 6404 Saint-Hubert Rue, Montréal, (514) 276-7557 Art Magadan 150 Du Quai Rue, Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, (450) 358-9562 Art-Tatou 67 BéLanger, Saint-Etienne-De-Lauzon, (418) 831-9813 Arthena 60 De l’Hôtel-Dieu Avenue, Sorel-Tracy, (450) 743-9015 Beauté Perçante 152 St-Louis, Lemoyne, (514) 651-5141 Beauté Sensas

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2018 B Gascon Chemin, Terrebonne, (450) 492-1818 Bijouterie Diane Beaumont 765 Thibeau Rue, Cap-De-La-Madeleine, (819) 697-3175 Le Black Design 508 De Berri Rue, Laval, (514) 248-8647 Black Sun Studio 3919 St-Denis, Montréal, (514) 286-5259 Blade Tattoo 166 A Cockburn Rue, Drummondville, (819) 477-4997 Body Piercing Perce Line enr. 122 Racine Rue Est, Chicoutimi, (418) 690-1298 Boutique Rock 316 Principale Rue, Granby, (450) 777-0242 Boutique Séraphin 585 Collard Rue Ouest, Alma, (418) 480-2880 Bronzage Laguna 5670 Boul Des Forges, Trois-Rivieres, (819) 374-6789 Bronzage Maxi Tan 2117 Cure Labelle, Vimont, (450) 686-0826 Bronzage Pro-Dragon Inc. 5775 Jean-Xxiii Boulevard, Trois-RiviéresOuest, (819) 373-7800 Broo Tattoo inc. 31 8E Rue, Chapais, (418) 745-3621 La Cage aux Puces enr. 51 Jacques-Carier Rue Ouest, Chicoutimi, (418) 690-3142 Celtic Tatouage 2926 1E Avenue, Québec, (418) 626-6158 Centre de Derma-Pigmentation Sylvain Gagné 2166 Saint-Hubert Rue, Jonquiere, (418) 542-0444 Chain Block Tattou 2103 A De La Canardiere Chemin, Quebec, (418) 667-1184 Cliniqu de Tatouage Rive-Sud Enr 926 Boul. Ste-Foy, Longueuil, (450) 670-5604 Clinique S Routhier Art Corporel 814 De l’Ange-Gardien Boulevard, l’Assomption, (450) 589-4645 Clinique Sante Relaxe 137 80 e Est, Charlesbourg, (418) 624-4400 Clinique de Tatouage Design Plus 2341 Du Royaume Boulevard, Jonquiere, (418) 550-3830 Clinique de Tatouage Rive-Sud Enr 926 Boul. Ste-Foy, Longueuil, (450) 670-5604 Le Coin du Rockeur pas Mechant 171 Richelieu Rue, Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, (450) 346-2887 Cracheur d’Encre 1870 Ontario Rue Est, Montréal, (514) 523-0302 DERM FX Tatouage 1808 Ontario Est, Montréal, (514) 525-4444 DOC Tattoo 200 Saint-Joseph Rue Est, Quebec, (418) 522-0123 Dermtek Pharmaceuticals Ltd Suite 200, 1600 Trans-Canada Highway, Dorval, (514) 685-3333 Don-Design Tattoo 2214 De Chambly Chemin, Longueuil, (450) 442-3803 Dragon Art Tattoo 846 Masson Montee, Lachenaie, (450) 471-0002 Esthetique Mammaire 67 Belanger Rue, Saint-Etienne-De-Lauzon,

(418) 831-9813 Esthetique Sylvie Aylestock 872 Sainte-Therese Montee, Saint-Jerome, (450) 565-2500 Extreme Bodyworks 80 Bourget Place North, Joliette, (450) 769-3954 Extreme Tattoo Equipments 146 Wellington Rue South, Sherbrooke, (819) 565-5556 Free-Style Art Corporel 328 Saint-Georges Rue, Saint-Jerome, (450-431-8787 87 Des Laurentides Boulevard, Laval, (450) 972-8787 4 Blainville Rue Ouest, Sainte-Therese, (450) 473-1301 Free-Style Bronzage Service Art Corporel Disponible 4 Blainville Rue Ouest, Sainte-Therese, (450) 437-1301 Gersy Tattoos inc. 24 Des Bouleaux Montee, Saint-Constant, (450) 635-7111 Herbert Denis Dr 143, 175 Stillview Avenue, Pointe-Claire, (514) 695-9646 High Times Montreal 1210 Sainte-Catherine Rue Est, Montreal, (514) 529-5666 L’Image d’Une Nouvelle Ere enr. 101, 2975 Richard Rue, Sherbrooke, (819) 346-7442 Imago Montreal 158 Prince-Arthur Rue Est, Montréal, (514) 350-0015 Inkluzion 1348 Des Cascades Rue Ouest, Saint-Hyacinthe, (450) 774-0701 Institut de Dermo-Pigmentation de Quebec 2360 Chemin Sainte-Foy, Saint-Foy, (418) 653-7771 Ironik Bijoux & Percage 5048 Sainte-Rose Boulevard, Laval, (450) 627-7738 Ironik Studio 4823 Sainte-Rose Boulevard, Laval, (450) 627-0202 Jack Herer Tatouage 1200 3E Avenue, Quebec, (418) 647-1284 Jolly Roger’s Tattoos 815 de L’eglise, Verdun, (514) 769-5720 Kamikaze Tatouage 511 Du Sud Rue, Cowansville, (450) 263-0000 Laval Tattoo Art 1788 Cure-Lavelle Boulevard, Laval, (450) 973-8287 Leduc Marc Andre 5209 De La Rive-Sud Boulevard, Levis, (418) 835-6664 Mystik Tattoo & Piercing 408 De La Madone Rue 1, Mont-Laurier, (819) 440-4800 NEZEM 3803 St-Denis, Montréal, (514) 843-9888 Natural Mystic Tatouage Temporaire Au Henna Noir 35 Leduc Rue, Gatineau, (819) 777-3733 Nephtys Tattoo 144 Wellington Rue South, Sherbrooke, (819) 563-6030 L’Onglerie Johanne 484 A Lacombe Boulevard, Le Gardeur, (450) 585-5551 w w w. a lt e r n at i v e t r e n d s .c o m

Percage & Tatouage R U S H 3278 Saint-Martin Boulevard Ouest, Laval, (450) 978-1011 Percage Esthetique 1811 Ontario Rue Est, Montréal, (514) 527-8204 Percage Execentrik 438 Saint-Viateur Rue, Joliette, (450) 759-6665 Puce Rock 1500 Notre-Dame Rue, Trois-Rivieres, (819) 376-7625 Rebel Tattoo 392 Lafontaine Rue, Riviere-Du-Loup, (418) 862-2365 Rock Bizar 116 Saint-Germain Rue Est, Rimouski, (418) 721-0188 Rock Stop Tattoo 426 Saint-Pierre Rue, Drummondville, (819) 475-8833 Salon Body Tattoo 187 Racine Rue, Loretteville, (418) 847-6715 Salon Janice 855 3E Avenue, Val-D’Or, (819) 824-6411 Sans Limite 157 Saint-Antoine Rue North, Lavaltrie, (450) 586-2657 Siyo Tattoo 11780 1E Avenue, Saint-Georges, (418) 227-6540 Le Slick Styled Steel 3804 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Montréal, (514) 842-8999 43 Sainte-Anne Rue 1, Saint-Anne-De-Bellevue, (514) 457-4277 Stain & Steel 34 Jacques-Cartier Rue, Valleyfield, (450) 377-1555 100 Kepler Rue, Chateauguay, (450) 692-3200 Studio Maya l’Art dans la Peau Percage Tatouage 540 A Lafontaine Rue, Riviere-Du-Loup, (418) 863-4999 Studio Tatouage Actuel 305 Notre-Dame Rue Est, Victoriaville, (819) 352-3375 Studio Tatouage West 30 Rachel Rue Ouest, Montréal, (514) 847-1111 Studio Tatouatouage 6155 Taschereau Boulevard, Brossard, (450) 445-8889 Studio Tattoo & Percage de l’Art dans la Peau 26 Saint-Louis Rue, Gatineau, (819) 246-3434 Studio Tattoo Mania 1615 De Maisonneuve Boulevard Est, Montréal, (514) 525-2025 Studio d’Arts Corporel le kid 485 Principale Rue, Lachute, (450) 562-8880 Studio de Tatouage 316 Notre-Dame Rue, Repentigny, (450) 654-5885 Tattoo Ninja 362 63E Rue Est, Charlesbourg, (418) 575-3612 Tattoo Underground 1100 Maloney Boulevard Est, Gatineau, (819) 243-1305 Tatooatouage 2057 B Saint-Denis Rue, Montréal, (514) 8489767 Tatouage Artistique 823 Ontario Rue Est, Montréal, (514) 529-8288 Tatouage Artistique & Professionnel du Centre du Quebec

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98 Beaulieu Rue, Victoriaville, (819) 352-1371 Tatouage Blue Psycho 3784 Wellington Rue, Verdun, (514) 768-2583 Tatouage Dragon d’Or 39 Saint-Paul Rue, Le Gardeur, (450) 654-0111 Tatouage Fredena Nickerson 1220 151E Rue, Saint-Georges, (418) 222-5522 Tatouage Hervey & Doris 1050 ch D’Ayer’s Cliff, Magog, (819) 847-2513 Tatouage Iris 1818 Ontario Est, Montréal, (514) 526-8060 Tatouage L G G enr. 3429 La Grande-Allee Boulevard, Saint-Hubert, (450) 445-0799 Tatouage Libre Expression 142 E 25E Avenue, Saint-Eustache, (450) 491-0070 Tatouage Percage Carmeline 189 Des Bois-Francs Boulevard South, Victoriaville, (819) 752-9998 Tatouage Pointe Saint-Charles 1906 Centre Rue, Montréal, (514) 931-2325 Tatouage Sharon Wild 1191 Des Cascades Rue, Saint-Hyacinthe, (450) 250-6789 Tatouage Totem & Tabou 62 Du Mont-Royal Avenue Est, Montreal, (514) 849-9666 Tatouage Ultime 186 Baby Rue, Joliette, (450) 756-2894 Tatouage Xplicit 1427 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Boulevard, Montréal, (514) 645-1132 Tatouage la Griffe 364 L’ange-Gardien Boulevard, l’Assomption, (450) 589-2237 Tatouage la Mark 4050 Du Jardin Boulevard, Charlesbourg, (418) 622-5172 Tatouages DeBill 573 Lariviere Avenue, Rouyn-Noranda, (819) 797-2704 Tatouge Voodoo 329 Principale Rue 200, Granby, (450) 375-6960 Tattoo Alf 1197 Principale Rue, Saint-Come, (450) 883-2879 Tattoo Dom-Pierre 153 Seigneuriale Rue, Beauport, (418) 666-3434 Tattoo Elle Quebec 469 Saint-Jean Rue, Quebec, (418) 523-0444 Tattoo Jessy 2412 Bourgogne Avenue, Chambly, (450) 447-5132 Tattoo Kiki 5411 9E Avenue, Montréal, (514) 721-9487 Tattoo Rave 200 Principale Rue, Gatineau, (819) 682-5557 Tattoo Studio M. J. 1880 Centrale Rue, Saint-Catherine, (450) 635-0404 Tattoo Time 1835 Ontario Rue Est, Montréal, (514) 521-5855 Tattoo Triple X 358 Saint-Adnre Rue, Gatineau, (819) 669-9951 Tattout a Togo 1212 De Chambly Chemin, Longueuil, (450) 651-1064 Titanium Body Jewelry 4035 Saint-Ambroise Rue 403, Montréal, (514) 989-7557 Titanium Body Jewelry 100 Kepler Rue, Chateauguay, (450) 692-6290

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Transpierced Grossiste Seulement 1649 Saint-Denis Rue, Montréal, (514) 288-8881 Universal Tattoo Inc. 852 Sainte-Catherine Rue Est, Montréal, (514) 287-7444 Verdun Tatouage 4913 Wellington Rue, Verdun, (514) 767-7867 Vision Rock enr. 2700 Laurier Boulevard, Sainte-Foy, (418) 657-6732 What-A-Tattoo 990 Sherbrooke Rue, Lachine, (514) 639-9428

Mans Ruin Tattoo & Piercing 857 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, (828) 2536660


body - Ex - Accessories 11013 Constitution, Albuquerque, (505) 299-6581

Avenging Angel Tattoos & Piercings 312 4 Avenue SW, Moose Jaw, (306) 692-7787 Drillers Tattoos 11 Beths Avenue, Yorkton, (306) 782-2753 Razzamatattzz 1329 Scarth Street, Regina, (306) 525-8700 Tattoo Caravan Inc. 918 Albert Street, Regina, (306) 584-8653 Thy Pic-Man Tattoo 309 A 33 Street West B 3, Saskatoon, (306) 384-7887

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Precision Tattoo Supply & Equipment 2108 Alvernon Way, Tucson, (520) 750-1595 Superior Tattoo Equipment 6501 Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, (602) 433-1888


Class International 16107 Garfield Avenue, Paramount, (562) 531-0654 Clayton Limited Editions 202, 1004 Main Street, Vallejo, (800) 320-1228 Clearco P.O.Box 255025, Sacramento, (916) 763-0424 Next Generation Tattoo Supply PO Box 670, Moreno Valley, (951) 243-6507 Melrose Exchange 4508 Cass Suite D, San Diego, (858) 270-7673 Pierced Out 3014 B Union Avenue, San Jose, (408) 559-6039 Reliable Steel 7415 S.Land Park Drive, Sacramento, (800) 571-7005 Showoff International 1001 E Arlee Place, Anaheim, (714) 490-0742 Steel Skin Suite 2, 12520 Kirkham Court, Poway, (888) 232-2374 Tribalectic Suite 307, 352 3 Street, Laguna Beach , (866) 843-7233


RHJ Gold Mfg. 317 N. Broadwell Avenue, Grand Island

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Silk City Tattoo 7 Garfield Avenue, Hawthorne, (973) 238-9167

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Fantasy Dermagraphics Tattoo & Supply 323 Sunset Drive, Corning, (607) 936-0061 Huck Spaulding Enterprises Inc. P.O. Box 439, Voorheesville, (518) 768-2070 Le Roi Inc P.O. Box 212 2784 State Route 48, Minetto, (888) 298-7766 Technical Tattoo Supply 68 Cabot Street P.O. Box 1102, West Babylon, (800) 295-8991


Art Bomb L.L.C. 3200 Whipple Avenue NW, Canton, (330) 620-1679


Body Art Supply, Inc #169, 4233 SE 182 Avenue Gresham, (503) 674-2639

South Carolina

Pitbull Piercing Supplies 1624 Stockholder Avenue, Myrtle Beach, (843) 839-1642


Black Cat Tattoo Aftercare 1313 S.Congress Avenue, Austin, (512) 443-1312 Body Adorned Tattoo & Piercing Ste. 102, 1114 West 5 Street, Austin, (512) 474-8282


NeoMetal Inc #283, 2916 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Silverdale, (360) 692-0696


Papillon Studio Supply & Mfg. 118 Pearl Street, Enfield, (860) 745-9270


Marche Noir Inc 3224 N Clark Street, Chicago, (773) 279-1400


Painful Pleasures 4324 Meadow Mills Road, Owings Mills, (410) 902-7254

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Dress by Margit Brandt / Gandia shoes by Marc

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Top by Covet / Shorts by Jack (Bamboo Ballroom) / Shoes by Eject (C’est Sera)

Tunic jacket by D.e.p.t. / Capri pants by Michael Kors

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Skin Art?


There once was a time when tattoos were considered taboo unless one was a service man or a biker. It was particularly unheard of for women to sport tattoos. But long gone are the days of faded anchors and “I Love Mom” hearts decorating the biceps of dock workers and bikers. Today’s ink has truly become an art form. Tattoos are quite popular today and the application has gone from simple drawings, symbols and statements to art. From black and grey portraits to tribal designs, from butterflies and unicorns to Celtic patterns and motifs, the choices available today are limitless. You can receive full arm “sleeves” and even full body tattoos that depict beloved art or photographs that you want to display on your body. Many tattoo artists have attended classes or even art school to hone their creative endeavours. Intricate patterns and paintings drawn and coloured with tattoo inks are an everyday sight and some are amazingly good. Skin art was once considered a dangerous and unsafe undertaking, but things have changed drastically today. When choosing a tattoo studio, make sure that it abides by the regulations set out by Health Canada. Meet the owner, who is usually on the premises, and check out the shop to make sure you feel comfortable and that it is sterile and well kept. Most shops are rather casual in nature, and usually music is blaring and people are talking, so don’t let this deter you. It is the nature of the business. You should ask 7 0 fa l l / w i n t e r 2 0 11

Tattoo work is often extraordinarily beautiful and makes a statement that no other art form can express. for references or at least ask to see some of the artist’s work before sitting down in the chair for the first time. Prepare to spend the time needed to get the artwork performed correctly. Your artist should also explain the entire procedure to you: the skin preparation, the sensation of the electric tattoo needles, the various colours used, etc. Special tattoo ink can sometimes cause an allergic reaction and should be tested on your skin prior to application. While social stigmas about tattoos have lessened over the years, one thing remains the same: tattoos are for life. Even with the invention of laser removal, sometimes a scar remains. Plus, tattoos can run up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars. So before venturing down the path of body as canvas, you must really put some effort into deciding what you wish to represent. Most people get a tattoo that “says something,” not only to them but to those who view it. Young people might go for a simple rose or butterfly or dragonfly, or they might want to express their individuality with an astrological sign, say a scorpion or a set of balancing scales. The curse of the name game has long been told, so inking Mr. Right Now’s initials on your ankle might not be the way to go. Let your tattoo tell your story, the tale of your journey. Let it represent where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re hoping to go. It is an extension of you. Make sure the flag you choose to wave is an honest and open reflection of yourself. Modern tattoo work is often extraordinarily beautiful and makes a statement that no other art form can express. The tattoo industry continues to explode in Canada and all over the world. A tattoo is not only a memory you want canvassed on your body forever—tattoos have become a serious phenomenon. Today six out of ten people have a tattoo or have thought about getting one. Three out of ten career professionals have more than one tattoo and continue to get additional artwork done. In 2005 Alternative Trends produced the first-ever high-gloss, perfect-bound tattoo magazine from Canada, and we sold out on newsstands. We stopped profiling tattoo artists in 2006 and focused on other

art mediums, but due to popular demand over the past few years by newsstands and subscribers, we are excited to bring back tattoos in the regular feature “Walking Canvas.” We believe in the arts and all its forms – skin art is just one more medium we are excited to profile. Please visit page 45 and check out the skin art done by Filip Leu, Larry Brogan and Mike Peluso. If you believe you or someone you know is a tattoo artist worth profiling, then let us know. We will profile tattoos from around the globe while highlighting the latest conventions. “Walking Canvas” will also include a directory of tattoo studios. At Alter native Trends, we hope to continue to discuss and explore the latest trends we encounter in life, the art that brings us inspiration and the questions we all have about the little (and big) things that make living interesting and exciting. Our amazing team ha s been busy ensuring that each issue is better than the last. Our readership has grown from hundreds to hundreds of thousands – thank you for your continued support over the years. We know that we’ll lose a handful of readers as a result of our new tattoo feature, but we welcome the many more who are joining us. Tattoos have found an indisputable place in the art world, and we’re so honoured that Alternative Trends has found a place in your lives, too. Cheers,

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