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Featured artist:  Vic Ink

How did you get into tattooing?:

After graduating from the Fashion Communications program at Ryerson, I ended up working as a full-time graphic designer in the digital media industry for a few years before going freelance. Since I had been drawing pretty much all of my life, I felt that I needed a job that was a lot more hands-on, and allowed more creative freedom in my work. When I came to the realization that I needed a career change, I was also living in Milan at the time, and working from home just wasn’t going to be an option for what I wanted to do. Needless to say, I packed up, left my graphic design job behind, moved back to Toronto, and started looking for an apprenticeship to pursue my tattooing career. Once I landed an apprenticeship, the rest was history. It’s been about two years now since I’ve become a tattoo artist and I can say that it was the best decision I’ve ever made. 

What’s your inspiration for your work and the design?:

During my final year at Ryerson, I designed a collection of sustainable jewellery for my senior capstone project. That was when I developed a fondness for jewellery-making, and when I realized I wanted to do something with that one day. When I started tattooing, I knew that I wanted to somehow translate some of those designs into something that was wearable that wasn't just on skin. 

I’ve always been attracted to anything that had a lot of intricate details and engravings. From crowns to daggers, to chalices and chandeliers - basically everything that screams ornate and opulent. I was inspired to do a sword design as the first piece because not only are there endless possibilities with what you can do with a sword pendant, but what it can represent to each individual person that is wearing it. I’ve done a number sword and dagger tattoos so far and often times it would mean something different to each person. With that being said, this piece is the perfect starting point to a (hopefully) ongoing collaborative collection. 

Karin, the designer and owner behind briar de wolfe, is a dear friend of mine that I met some years ago through some mutual friends. From the moment we met, we shared a very similar vibe and we both already had a keen interest in the jewellery-making business. After seeing the craftsmanship in her work and her exceptional attention to detail, I knew that we had to do a collaboration piece together. Not only is she super talented in what she does, she is also an incredibly humble human being. I cannot express how pleased I am with this collab and with the way that this piece turned out.

As our very first collaborative piece together, I hope you all love it as much as I do. I look forward to creating more wearable pieces like these in the near future!