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Monthly Newsletter  -  August 2018

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August welcomes guest artist Dmitry Razin from Latvia from August 3rd- 22nd
In September, Katia and Jacquelina Divina will be travelling to Amsterdam and Poland to tattoo clients at a tattoo retreat hosted by Piotr Szot
Katia is available to tattoo the new designs below, beginning in October. Also just announced, Amelie will be opening her books on August 19th! They will stay open for 3-5 days, depending on the volume of submissions, to book clients this fall. Amelie is interested in florals, animals and nature, and would love the opportunity for more colour. Additionally, Faye will be opening her books as of August 25th.
Dmitry Razin From Latvia: August 2 - 22, 2018 - Currently accepting custom projects. Dmitry is willing to work with many different styles and would love to get an email from you with your ideas! You can email him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
and check out his portfolio here


Original Designs for August 2018 by Katia Somerville

Summer is a great time to read in the shade.
The following 6 designs by Katia Somerville are inspired by book genres. 
Suspense - When life is viewed as a mystery, everything is a clue.
This design can be placed on one leg or spanning two people with their legs touching as in photo. Would also look wonderful wrapping around a forearm.
Choose your own adventure - Travelling in a maze of time on a path of journeys.
Open to placement anywhere.
Sci Fi - Robots, aliens, and mathematical proportions in the [puppetry of time's hourglass.
Ideal placement on a back shoulder as shown.
Romance - Firsts, touch, kiss, love, heartbreak, new love, high ,higher, highjacked bliss. 
Would prefer to tattoo this design on an thigh as shown. 
Fantasy - Weapons of skill and consideration blaze through forest adventures, glowing with the lava's borrowed heat.
Prefer to have this design on a thigh or hip.
Self-Help - Humble curiosity creates change.
Open to many placements.

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> Each design will only ever be tattooed once and the recipient will be chosen mostly at random.
I am a fast tattoo artist, however the time it takes will depend on the canvas size and skin. The designs in this month's newsletter should be able to be completed one session, with the exception of 'Choose your Adventure'.  Thanks for your interest and for applying. <3 Katia
*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 Katia has drawn with intention.


Original Designs Available by Faye Basravi

The design below are available to be tattooed by Faye Basravi. Please email Faye atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve one of these unique designs (please use the design name in the subject of your email).
Faye's books will be opening again for custom work on August 25th.

July 2018 Tattoos by Katia Somerville
Peaceful Nobility is the name of this design and it also describes how I think about our current receptionist, Ashley (in photo). She balances strong and confident with humble and calm. I hope this tattoo can inspire your continuous creativity with all of your talents and determination. ♥Katia
This tattoo for a good friend represents learning to face reality by adapting to the shifting environment. Things of life happen that are beyond our control. If we can accept it, then it will be easier than trying so hard to change things. Basically it's about transforming the inner you and not resisting change when it happens. ♥Katia
Facing fear and standing up for what you believe in creates light and hope for something new. The proceeds of this tattoo were donated to a charity that engages middle and high school students in the use of creative media to take informed action toward issues they care about. ♥Katia
July 2018 Tattoos by Felix Addison
Two spirals to balance and tie together two aspects of being. The trickster, represented by coyote and wolf sharing a joke. The hunter, by both sea and land, with orca and wolf. 
Lotus blossoming from the strife and turmoil of life into beauty an serenity (forearm part).
The journey to the cosmic balance of the flower of life (shoulder part).
July 2018 Tattoos by Ashley Apok
I completed this half sleeve project. In Norse mythology the Yggdrasil is the World tree that connects all things.

Remembering the Interconnectedness of all living beings seems particularly important to me on the day of celebrating Canada's birth (when this tattoo was completed). The settlers that came to this land displaced the original peoples who had lived here in balance with nature for time immemorial. These settlers brought with them a way of being that put Man and his needs ahead of all other beings. With this mentality they did terrible things and deemed them just. As a person of settler descent, I am learning that my cultural indoctrination was wrong in many ways- and that the interconnectedness of all things is what is needing cultivating most.
I added this lotus petal extension to Isaac's temple sleeve. I'm blessed by my clients who have chosen to carry my art with them everywhere.
I'm working on a geometric blackwork sleeve for my client, and we took a break from that project to blast this mandala around his ear!
July 2018 Tattoos by Faye Basravi
Some magic for Janet - thank you for the goodie bag!!!
A piece of ancestral memory and future journeys for Matt.
A newsletter design for an immensely strong woman - thank you for sharing your story with me, Tina! The proceeds from this tattoo went to @IndigenEYEZ.
A cute shoulder piece for Lindsey! Stenciling this was fun.
It’s so bittersweet when we get to the end of a project - this started as a shoulder cover-up and grew a bit from there. It was so great getting to know you, Kynba - thank you for your trust!
A floral cuff for my partner Benji...the beginning of much more to come!
July 2018 Tattoos by Amelie Soucy
Sea creature legsleeve in progress for Elin! Some guys are healed and others fresh. We have done 3 sessions so far!
Tattoos by Rainfire Guest Artists
July 2018 Tattoos by Caroline Cloutier
A rich and colourful conversation over a monochromatic flowering garden. Stories of strength and vulnerability; her Chinese roots intertwining with my French ground, both strongly influenced by the West Coast. A day spent embracing differences, and letting go of the parts that no longer serve us in order to better cultivate the ones we wish to see flourish. Gratitude, Stala, for your trust and quality of character
A bouquet of carnations sprouting from her mother’s signature, in profound celebration of the divine mother/daughter connection. A second piece for this elemental goddess whose fierce and so very gentle touch on this world is both a blessing and a pleasure.  Gratitude, my friend, for the quality of your presence, and the countless bursts of laughter beautifully interlaced with the depth of that timeless moment spent together. Until next time. 
A waterfall of magnolias to adorn the breathing temple that is her body. Thank you, beautiful Carissa; the depth of the silence we shared opened the door to a wordless conversation for which I am truly grateful. Until next time.
A couple of chickadees perched on blossoming dogwood branches to celebrate her ever-growing love for the beauty of this province. I find it fascinating how the delicateness of my work keeps attracting so many incredibly forceful badass women. Caron, your physical, emotional, and mental strength, as well as endurance and flexibility, never cease to amaze and inspire me. So much love and gratitude for you, my dear and lovely bird lady!
A diaphanous chrysanthemum expanding in swirls and dotted mandalas to acknowledge firmly yet softly her new found voice after years of silent compromises. Gratitude, Tatiana, for trusting me with your first tattoo. Best wishes on your journey of self-expression. 
An ethereal yet grounded ornament for an exquisite woman on a path of conscious creation; looking forward and within, embracing cycles of loving self-destruction to better sculpt and refine herself with brilliant authenticity. 
Thank you, dearest Kim, for sharing your complexity and beautiful weirdness with such contagious passion! Love and gratitude.