Tattoo revival is a boon for local artists – Victoria News

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Once the exclusive domain of bikers, sailors and counterculture icons, body art has grown from a symbol of rebellion to a respected mainstream art form embraced by everyone from professionals to housewives. . Victoria’s Incendiary Tattoos is riding this new wave of activity (pun intended).

“Tattoos appeal to all segments, all ages, all genders, all walks of life. The success of reality TV has really helped bring tattooing into the mainstream,” the Incendiary owner explained. , Jim Carter.

“It used to be ‘bad boys’ and bikers and that sort of thing, but today it could be pretty much anyone. If you don’t have a tattoo today, you are part of the visible minority.

Incendiary Tattoos is housed in a 3,200 square foot facility located at Suite D, 880 Esquimalt Rd. With a team of five artists including himself, the practice opened in 2010 and offers a full range of tattoo services and body piercing. “We have a private room for drilling, as well as an office and storage space. The rest is a huge open space with six stations which gives us plenty of space. It’s a really cool environment,” he said.

In recent years, the world of body modification has grown exponentially for many reasons, across all segments of society. For Carter, many of her clients seek her services as a way, in part, to express themselves, to stand out from those around them.

“Art is everywhere. The tattoo influences everything. It’s like we’re in a huge Renaissance period when it comes to tattoos. It’s full force, in your face, everywhere all the time. It’s on TV, it’s on the radio, it’s in magazines, it’s in music and I love it,” Carter said.

He also suggested that there is a growing and virtually bottomless need for future practitioners of this distinctive art form – but stressed that the world of tattooing is not for everyone.

“For those who get into it, tattooing is a way of life, not a profession. It really is a way of life for many of us. It’s in your blood, you don’t fit into the norm , we’re just different,” he explained.

“We have the freedom to work wherever we want in the world with an art form so in demand that sometimes it baffles me. Essentially, I’m an illusionist, drawing images on skin, an artist working on a living canvas. I’ve been doing this for 33 years now and I can’t imagine doing anything else.


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