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here are as many tattoos and tattoo artists as there are reasons why people get tattoos. Whatever the reason, Prince George is blessed with the talented artists with the talent to deliver on the vision of their customers. On the following pages, meet some of those artists and what they did for Citizen employees who wanted some ink done.
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here are as many tattoo styles and reasons to get a tattoo as there are people who want to decorate their bodies in permanent ink. Whether it’s something fun and celebratory or deeply personal and private, a tattoo is a marker for the person who will wear that design for the rest of their lives. Chris Norlander understands that as the owner/artist of The Norseman Tattoo Emporium at 263 Brunswick St. It’s not about him, it’s about the person in his chair, whether they are getting their first tattoo or their fourteenth. “I just like it when people are happy with what I do,” he said. He started tattooing 11 years ago, picked up an apprenticeship (in 2014) and then went out on his own in 2018. “I always wanted to be a
tattoo artist, ever since I was a teenager,” he recalled. His experience has taught him to not be happy until his client is happy and that he has to be a jack of all trades when he sits down to get to work with needle and ink. “In a small town, you have to be versatile and everyone’s different,” he explained. “I can do many different styles and do them well. I can work with the client and go in whatever direction.” The Norsemen explorers of legend and history also went in purposeful directions, using their hard-earned skills to bring happiness and prosperity to their people. Chris Norlander brings that same work ethic at The Norseman Tattoo Emporium.
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o much business comes down to trust and the tattoo industry is particularly sensitive about the level of trust between the client and the artist. At Exile Tattoo, located at 1251 4th Avenue, trust is at the core of what they do. “The industry has come a long way from people coming in and choosing a pattern on the wall,” explained Amber-Dawn MacDonald, one of the Exile Tattoo artists. “We’re putting art pieces on people. It’s living art.” MacDonald, along with artist Matt Houghton and apprentice Cam Debore, offers a full array
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of tattoo services to their clients. Exile just recently added piercer Simon Reed to meet the growing demand of clients. “The industry is just constantly changing,” MacDonald stressed. Along with fresh, original pieces on unmarked skin, Exile is particularly proud of the cover up work they do. “The Tasmanian Devil just isn’t that popular anymore,” MacDonald laughed. Yet cover ups aren’t just for people wanting to update work that was done years ago that no longer accurately reflects who they are. “Sometimes tattoos are used to cover up
scars,” she said. “It can be quite therapeutic.” While Houghton often specializes in black and grey realism and more traditional tattoo styles, MacDonald, a familiar face at Northern FanCon, is particularly interested in working on what she calls more “nerd” art and stylized pieces. “It’s super awesome but a bit stressful when someone places that trust in you to be creative and challenge yourself,” she said. “Whatever the piece, someone is placing that trust in you.”
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here are many reasons to get a tattoo and whether it’s for fun or something more serious, if you wander into The Wandering Panda, you’re going to leave satisfied. “We’ve got somebody here in the shop who can do anything someone brings in,” explained owner/artist Dusty Martin. “Some people want the art, some want the experience and something fun.” Both Martin and fellow owner/ artist Jeremy Yon know from their combined 17 years of experience that humour isn’t always the way to engage with their clients. “Someone who comes in mourning a loved one wants something to remember them,” Martin said. “This is a place where people can come talk about their problems and what we do for them is part of their healing and something beautiful to cherish.”
“It can change their confidence and change their life,” Yon added. Whatever brings their clients into The Wandering Panda’s spacious location at 1043 Fifth Avenue, Yon and Martin are ready to get the job done. “We can work with anyone on their ideas,” Martin said. “First timers often don’t have a strong idea of what we can do so we can guide them and make it into a real piece of art.” Their passion for their work runs more than skin deep. “If I won the lottery, I’d do this for free and wouldn’t charge anyone,” Martin proclaimed while Yon nodded in agreement. “We all have our inner nerds so we don’t take ourselves too seriously.” Citizen Staff – right Derek Springall – done by Jeremy Yon Left Shawn Cornell done by Dusty Martin
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