13 of the best Vancouver tattoo artists to get ink from

Apr 12 2021, 2:00 pm

To say tattooing has grown in popularity over the past decade would be a massive understatement.

It seems more common to find someone with 10 tattoos than it would be to find someone with none, and much of that is largely due to the influence of social media. Tattoo artists and their work can now easily be seen on Instagram, and this has caused an explosion in the discovery of tattoo artists’ work.

Vancouver offers some of the best tattoo work you can find (when not closed down by a pandemic), no matter what style you are looking for. Spring and summer are right around the corner, creating a great opportunity to show off some fresh ink.

Here are 13 talented tattoo artists whose work you have to check out.

Billy DeCola

 

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Studio Kiku

Billy DeCola is one of the best talents in the world of tattooing. DeCola’s style is an original mix of traditional Japanese tattooing and custom artwork, and his exceptional skill was showcased on popular TLC show NY INK.

DeCola dedicates much of his time now to tattoo removal, but his love for tattooing remains and is evident in every piece he finishes.

Address: 3787 Canada Way #218, Burnaby
Phone: 604-430-4990

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Mitch Kirilo

 

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Gastown Tattoo Parlour

The Gastown Tattoo Parlour has one of the best reputations in YVR, much of which is due to the talented team of artists Mitch Kirilo, the owner, has assembled. He also happens to be one of the most impressive artists in Vancouver.

Like he says, he does “tuff tattoos for soft people.” With an interesting blend of American Traditional and Japanese, all of his tattoos seem to jump right off the skin.

Address: 105 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-642-6556

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Rachel Clark

 

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Gastown Tattoo Parlour

Rachel Clark takes fantastic ideas and images and turns them into entirely unique works of art. Whether you want a portrait, a scorpion, a knife, an animal, or a flower — Clark will tattoo it in bold blacks and perfect lines.

Clark’s style is all her own, so if you have an idea but aren’t sure where to go, she’s a great person to go to.

Address: 105 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-642-6556

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Colioscopy

 

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Tattoos with nothing but bold blacks are very popular right now, and Colioscopy is able to do it as well as any artist out there. He also creates imagery that has made his tattoos recognizable in Vancouver — you know a Colioscopy when you see one.

Using deep blacks, with little to no shading, his tattoos are often floral and skeletal, and flowing across the skin.

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Nina Chwelos

 

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Self-described as the butterfly girl, Nina Chwelos has been perfecting her highly detailed, delicate tattoos. As if lightly drawn with pencil, Chwelos’ work isn’t all beautiful butterflies; quotes, portraits, and roses are common too.

A butterfly tattoo from Chwelos is a must for any ink collector in Vancouver.

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Yi Stropky

 

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With 165k followers, Stropky is one of the most well-known tattoo artists in Vancouver. This is entirely because of his trademark simple style, often offered as flash. The tattoos are quirky, excellently drawn, and beautiful in their simplicity.

His most recognizable work is the bottom half of the face of a woman, centred in a perfectly straight square.

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Serein Horn

 

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Black Medicine Tattoo

The work of Serein Horn has a quality that makes the pieces feel like renaissance paintings. Tattooing art by the work of Kramskoi, Dore, and Aino, Horn manages to turn these iconic images into tattoos that feel made for the skin.

If you have a favourite classic image or painting, Serein Horn is the person you want tattooing it on you to admire forever.

Address: 119 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-9975

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Daniel Snoeks

Le Papillon Studio

Founder of Le Papillon Studio, Daniel Snoek’s objective for his art is to always expand his knowledge of history and culture. The designs of his work are greatly influenced by the history of French and Italian criminal tattoos.

His attention to the smallest details and passion for history are reflected in his greyscale work.

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Pifa

 

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Pifa, who hand pokes all of her tattoos, is an artist with so many distinct collections. She does simple portraits of cultural icons, like Frank Ocean, and captures what we love most about them in every piece. There’s also cute work of dogs and ketchup packets.

Pifa takes her role seriously as an artist, but makes getting a tattoo fun! Her list of available flash is extensive, so whatever you’re going for — serious or goofy — a sit with Pifa is a great time.

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James Lauder

 

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Homebody Tattoo

James Lauder aka Mr Lauder creates realistic and lifelike images that still feel like art. His portfolio and flash contain many portraits of icons, chrome robots, animals, and many that simply appreciate the naked human body.

Lauder’s work is greatly influenced by queer culture, often exploring the vulnerability of masculinity and challenging gender stereotypes.

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Diana Lin

Liquid Amber Tattoo & Art Collective

If you’re looking for a bright, eye-catching piece, then Diana Lin is the artist for your tattoo idea. Her colourful style is a quirky take on realism, often of images of animals and flowers.

Address: 62 Powell Street, Vancouver
Phone: 603-738-3667

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Jamie Kan

Jamie Kan is a master of the floral tattoo. Mostly using black, her lines are outrageously clean, with fine details and intricate shading. When she does tattoo something other than her flowers, or a mix of both, it’s just as impressive. She’s also on the Inbox artist crew, a site that helps artist’s distribute amazing temporary tattoos.

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Leanne Thief

 

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Rain City Tattoos

Leanne Thief can do anything with black ink. Her tattoos vary from detailed portraits, to American trad, to Neo-classical, to Japanese, and beyond. Her work can be bold and dark, or delicate and shaded. Her portfolio at Rain City speaks for itself.

Address: 1077 W Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-569-1522

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