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Monthly Newsletter  -  April 2018

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Thanks for reading the April 2018 newsletter. It was great having Jean-Philippe visiting from Banff last month, tattooing with full books. We welcome Amelie back from her trip to Bali and await the arrival of Paul Bevan from the UK. See below for guest artists who are available for booking. This month, a few of the artists will be donating tattoos to specific charities. Please read below for more information and thank you for reading our newsletter again! You are so awesome.

Feature artist, Ashley Apok: I started at Rainfire Tattoo in September 2015. I remember being drawn to Katia's shop as I was searching for a link between the intentional tattooing of Asia where I first learned, and contemporary tattooing in the West where I lived. Katia cultivates a very warm and welcoming vibe at Rainfire- I remember being really excited when she asked me to come work at her shop. 

For me, tattooing is as much a personal journey as it is artistic expression. I am so grateful to be a part of this global tattoo culture. Supporting my clients through the process of getting tattooed, while offering a safe space for emotional expression, is central to my philosophy as a tattooer. 

My art is often inspired by the beauty of the natural world. I grew up playing in the forests of Salt Spring Island BC, and this early fascination with nature followed me into my artistic life. I often feel like I am incubating a specific aesthetic inspired by the natural world. In my free time I spend allot of time charging up by hiking in the forest, snowboarding on the mountains, and gardening in the warmer months.

Rainfire draws people open to new experiences in tattooing, and I love that. I feel supported and inspired by my clientele everyday. I want to express my gratitude to every person that has come to me for a tattoo during my time at Rainfire.



Original Designs for April 2018 by Katia Somerville

For April's available designs, Katia explored various forms of connection: to bodies, to spirit, to land, and to love. The fifth design will be a trust tattoo called 'intimate perception'.
(ABOVE) Trust Tattoo
Here is your chance to apply for another trust tattoo! A 'trust tattoo' is a powerful tattoo experience in which you don't see the design until after the tattoo is completed. Thank you for your trust! <3 Katia (To apply, please click here or the link below)
above: Energetic Dissection: From root to crown, and points in between, the center of energy has colour unseen. Would also look amazing down the spine, on the calf, or upper arm. Suggestions welcome:) 
(above) Physiological Projection: Feel alive with the perpetual motion of breath. Open to placement suggestions. 
(above left) Environmental Protection: Cover and illuminate with care. Cherish the now, support the future. Open to other placement suggestions, would also work well wrapping around arm or leg. 

(above right) DONATION TATTOO-  Social Reflection: Facing Fear together creates light and hope for something new. This design was created during a talk with my mother about how she was inspired by the youth standing up for better gun laws. The mandala will be tattooed for a minimum $200 donation to "Rock Your World", a youth-led human rights movement. There will be more opportunities for donation tattoos in future newsletters. 

  ---  TO APPLY FOR ONE OF THE ABOVE DESIGNS by Katia Somerville  ---

> Fill Out the Tattoo Form Here <

> Each design will only ever be tattooed once and the recipient will be chosen mostly at random.
*These are original art works by Katia Somerville. With respect, please do not duplicate the designs, bring them to another tattoo artist nor post them online. All tattoos are one-time custom pieces that the artists have drawn with intention.
Thank you for your continued support as Rainfire Tattoo grows and evolves.

Original Designs for April 2018 by Amelie Soucy

The designs below are available to be tattooed by Rainfire artist Amelie Soucy. Please email Amelie at to reserve one of these unique designs.
Amelie will donate all proceeds from this tattoo to the youth-led human rights movement, Rock Your World.

Original Designs for April 2018 by Faye Cantara

The designs below are available to be tattooed by Rainfire apprentice Faye Cantara.
Faye has openings at $120/hr.
If you are interested in booking one of the designs. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please use the design name in the subject of your email).

Intuition: In childhood, your intuition is an everyday awareness permeating your existence that you are intimately connected with and trusting of. Life feels magical and your environment is filled with endless possibilities. Take time to foster your intuition in a world that expects reason and proof above everything.
The proceeds from this tattoo will go to the IndigenEYEZ youth camps. Their mission is to inspire an intergenerational legacy of well-being among First Nations people in BC and beyond. You can read more about this awesome organization at

Also, here’s a video that beautifully sums up the power of strength and pride in community.

Tender Strength: 'Cultivate your not depend upon teachers to educate you. Follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity, express yourself, make your own harmony.’ Will Durant

Emergence: When you are ready to choose openness, you are showing the world around you that you love yourself, jagged edges and all. Come out of your shell, and watch as others do the same.

Additional Available Original Designs

Please visit our Designs page on our website to see MORE available original designs from the artists at Rainfire.
March 2018 Tattoos by Ashley Apok
Final session to wrap up this half-sleeve tattoo journey. Dakota started coming to me over a year ago, and we capped off his arm with a cheeky little pinkie sleeve!
Added a matching hand mandala to cap off Dakota's other blackout sleeve!
I'm stoked to share this powerful totem of personal transformation- thanks Brennan for your solidity of presence and conversation! 
Some more progress on the wonderful Desire! My role in cultivating a safe space for emotional expression and experience is becoming central to what I offer as a tattooist. I want very little to do with the gruff, emotionally armoured male tattooist - stereotypical to this industry. I feel stoked by offering a space for connection and communication with my clients while they get tattooed. 
I'm super excited to share Aspen's tattoo. Everything aligned for this journey -  I couldn't be more pleased with the result! Thanks for the amazing conversation and connection - I value the time we spent together. 
March 2018 Tattoos by Faye Cantara
Jocelyn and I were roommates four years ago. We lived in a one bedroom apartment with a fear-reactive dog and three cats. The living arrangement didn't last long, but I'm glad the friendship did! So great catching up with you, Joce!
A Pacific Northwest bouquet for Victoria! The cost of this tattoo will go to @tkvotoronto, a magical space for the LGBTQ+ community. Thanks to Victoria for getting this tattoo!
Along with my first year of tattooing, I also finished my first sleeve this month. Projects like this require so much commitment from both the artist and the client, and I feel incredibly grateful for Irek's constant trust, support and willingness this past year. Thank you for taking a chance on me, sticking to our schedule, and trusting my vision every time, Irek!
Faye finishing her first sleeve with Irek this month.
You know when you meet someone and think that you may have found a long-lost sibling? I got that with Mahsan. I'm so happy that this design found a home with her - thank you for such a wonderful day, M! <3 
For Candice, the Sunchaser! Thanks for the great stories. 
"Dusk" from a few weeks ago for Rainfire's behind-the-scenes magician, Kylie! Looking forward to tattooing complimentary designs for Kylie and her wife next month.
Luminous from the January 2018 newsletter, for Danielle! 
March 2018 Tattoos by Amelie Soucy
Great start on this floral and geometry piece! Super pumped to shade a colour this next time. Thank you so much for the creative freedom and your trust, Claudia! 
Ornamental lotus, for Lauren. 
First session of a Hogwarts castle, for Jenna. 
Always adore some florals! Thank you for sitting so wonderfully for this, Saniya. Twas a pleasure!
March 2018 Tattoos by Katia Somerville
Was honoured yesterday to tattoo an emergency doctor who works in the downtown Eastside. This tattoo is named 'Cosmic Wisdom' and it is a reminder to be conscious of where you spend your time, and to keep prioritizing self-care. Anyhow, such a wonderful day and conversation. Tattoo completed in one session, under 6 hours.
This tattoo is about connecting with people in person rather than online. It is called 'Face To Face' - In a world where it's easy to like and share, remember the reality of human connection in person.
From yesterday's client, @phyzxx : 'Intuition, that inner voice which seems to push one and directions they would never imagine going. The more I pay attention to it, the more I am led towards goals, aspirations, and passions in life. It is also easier to make the right decisions and let go of things that no longer serve us. Setting goals and sticking to deadlines is the missing link between an atheist dream and material reality. This tattoo represents working through jealousy, and transmuting it into feelings of happiness for the success and happiness of others.' --- Thanks John for adding to the magic of Rainfire Tattoo. "Every thought and action of anyone affects everyone". -quote by Walter Russell.
Sometimes clients become friends for life, including Ren. She routinely takes her three children, all under age seven, to the Vancouver Main/Hastings Street corner to hand out water, socks and blankets. This photo was taken during our weekend visit, the tattoo is a couple of years old. Thanks Ren, I look forward to seeing you again soon. "No society can understand itself without looking at its shadow side"...
"Passion creates, addiction consumes."
Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts-Close Encounters with Addiction
(book I am currently reading)
Trust tattoo for this adventurous soul, climbing mountains and flying down them... Intuition and bravery to follow your heart.
This tattoo is called 'Santuary' and it's about trusting to expand boundaries and letting yourself be vulnerable to change. 'The main thing to understand is that we are all imprisoned in some kind of work of art.' -Terence McKenna
Pleased to have many good friends at the studio lately. This tattoo is called 'Animated Expression'. The scales tip into playfulness to fuel a creative spark. Respecting it's pull and dissolving the dark. Quote from the client, "I feel play is a way to dance back into the light and liberate yourself, coming out of hibernation".
The spectacular Kylie, getting castles tattooed and spreading her wings, breaking out with connection. It's been a wonderful journey getting to know you, Kylie and I am looking forward to the next castle.
In progress... As a reminder to let things go. ♥️Katia
2018 Tattoos by Rainfire Guest Artists
Tattoo by Alana Cronshaw (@alanacronshaw)
Had a nice day doing geometry at the ultra soothing Rainfire Tattoo studio. Thanks Emma!
Tattoo by Jean-Phillippe Caron (@inkandspinners)
Thank you guys for having me at the studio and thank you Vancouver! We got the whole time booked up with good people. That's amazing! 
Tattoo by Jean-Phillippe Caron (@inkandspinners)