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Monthly Newsletter  -  May 2019

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As April comes to a close, I reflect on the changes that the Spring season brings. This month, Ashley Apok will be moving away to Nelson, BC. We will miss him dearly and he's been a wonderful addition to the Rainfire team for many years. 

We've been so lucky to share our space with our guest artists Jacquelina Divina and Alana Cronshaw this past month. In May, we welcome artists Dmitry Razin from Latvia and Wendi Kai from the USA; Mariana Groning and Gina Zajec are flying in from Mexico City to tattoo with us in June. All of our upcoming guest artists, along with Felix and Faye, are currently accepting bookings for custom tattoo designs. Wendi also has original designs available to be tattooed (see below).

In July 19-26, I will be in Stockholm, Sweden for a guest spot at Studio Seven Tattoo. I will be open to custom tattoo requests during this time only. 
Lastly, I will be teaching for an art workshop in Guatemala from November 11-20 with other talented artists. See more information about the retreat below. Hope you can join us!  ♥Katia
Dmitry Razin From Latvia: May 2nd-20th2019
BOOKS OPEN - Accepts custom bookings.
Dmitry works in a variety of artistic styles, both in colour and black & grey.
Contact him directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wendi Kai From USA: May 21st-23rd, 2019
BOOKS OPEN - Accepts custom bookings.
Wendi also has a design sheet full of original pieces available to be tattooed (see below). 
Contact her directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mariana Groning From Mexico: June 2019
BOOKS OPEN - Accepts custom bookings.
Mariana specializes in watercolour and realistic black & grey tattoos (except portraits).
Contact her directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gina Zajec From Mexico: June 2019
BOOKS OPEN - Accepts custom bookings.
Gina loves working in surrealism, but is open to pretty much anything in blackwork. 
Contact her directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Katia Somerville will be in Stockholm, Sweden at Studio Seven Tattoo, July 19-26, 2019. Contact her directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an exclusive opportunity to book a custom piece or one of her original designs available during her guest spot. ♥
Is it finally time to for your creativity to soar to new heights? If you are ready to learn new techniques and painting styles, then you’re invited to join this retreat. Learn drawing and painting from 3 talented instructors, including Katia Somerville. Click on the image for more info. 

May Designs 2019 

by Katia Somerville
If you would like one of these original designs tattooed, please click the link below the designs.
--Self improvement requires access to and awareness of areas needing imporovement. Measurements can provide clarity and accuracy in these realizations. The designs this month are based on methods of measurement to help with navigation. 
Velocity- Change is relative, its momentum dependent on setting and design. This tattoo would look great in many different locations. You pick! I think the back shoulder, calf, or arm would also be stunning. 
Depth of Dimension- Impressions of replications charting patterns and frequency. Simple negative space mandala, open to many locations. 
Windrose- Which way? Magnetic pull or calculated mapping? 
299 792 458- A universal constant interrelates space and time, and the travels through both. 
Magnificent- Look closely at enhanced details, analyzing beneath the surface of wants unseen. 
TRUST TATTOO - A trust tattoo is a process in which the recipient of the tattoo will only see the piece upon it's completion. This often includes wearing a blindfold throughout the session. This requires a high degree of trust between artist and client. I will have a conversation with you a week or so prior to the session, and the design will be created following this discussion. Thank you for your trust. <3 Katia


Each design will only ever be tattooed once and the recipients will be chosen at random. There is a 'Trust Tattoo' offered every 2nd or 3rd month.
I am a fast tattoo artist, however the time it takes will depend on the canvas size and skin. Most of the designs in this month's newsletter should be able to be completed one session, about 4-5 hours maximum. 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.


May Designs 2019 

by Wendi Kai, Guest Artist from USA

These designs are available to be tattooed by guest artist Wendi Kai during her May 21-23, 2019 guest spot. Contact Wendi directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply for one of these lovely pieces. Her rate is $160 / hour. She is also open to custom tattoo requests. Check out her portolio here:


April 2019 Tattoos

by Katia Somerville
Another progression on Zed's body suit. ♥Katia
This tattoo is about the circle, which calls to attention the message it encircles, and the beauty of abstraction. The circle appears empty to denote nothing as it is used as a "zero". But actually it is a container of potential. Circles are the primary form of nature and are seen everywhere from minute ash particles to vast planets. The circle represents time, acceptance, and the evolution of life. Thanks Amanda, our current receptionist, it was a wonderful day with you. ♥Katia
Ascending Lace- Graceful humanity.  ♥Katia
Magicians illusion- veil and reveal. A tattoo for a very inspiring guy, follow his yoga studio at@mysore.bc. ♥Katia
This tattoo is about quieting the noise of the mind, the useless chatter, and seeing through to the heart of intuition. Follow that path. Adding onto a previous tattoo received while travelling in Thailand. "Allow the surface noise to fade. I am here, waiting" ♥Katia

April 2019 Tattoos

by Ashley Apok
In each moment there is a fullness that often eludes our noticing- an ineffable mystery that waits patiently while we hurry about our busy lives. This mystery waits for you with infinite patience. It waits for you put down the weight you have been carrying- to rest in its infinite fullness. And although this mystery is infinitely patient, it is you who is finite. Please pay attention. Investigate your experience. Honour the mystery with your presence.
Courage, resiliency, trust, and self-love. These are some of the intentions imbued into this tattoo by the wearer. Thank you for choosing me Sarah- enjoy your life! Part healed, part fresh.
I can only express my profound gratitude for the unfolding experience that is this life. Thank you Great Spirit for giving me the opportunity to share myself with the world. Thank you Aspen, for the trust and for being a patron of my art! In gratitude.

April 2019 Tattoos

by Faye Basravi
Four hours of whoaaaaa with Ariel! Thank you so much for trusting me with your whole thigh, you rocked this session.
 A marker of intention-making and self-empowerment. You are awesome, Alicia!
Ornamental piece for Therese, as a reminder that she is forever tough and beautiful!
A spring of cedar for Dani the biologist! I love this placement.
We finished the second half of Kim’s leg adornment and added some pops of colour. I appreciate this woman’s wisdom, strength, vulnerability, and sense of humour so much! 
This month Krystal and I finished this project together - such a bittersweet moment when this happens! Thank you so much for all of your trust and dedication, Krystal.

April 2019 Tattoos

by Alana Cronshaw, Guest Artist from Nelson, BC
Added some fractal to the existing elephant piece we began a couple years ago! A relaxing time in the chill Rainfire Tattoo. Thank you Keri, always a pleasure.
Rosey mandala. Thanks Monique, it was lovely to sit with you and share some beautiful moments and stories. I definitely learned something from your wisdom. Thanks for choosing this piece! 

April 2019 Tattoos

by Jacquelina Divina, Guest Artist from Victoria, BC
Inspired and blessed Rainfire Tattoo tattooing all the sweethearts and stirring new dreams. I love the flow of this city! Charla and I amped up the colour on this West Coast magic and began to seed the oceanic dreams of what will flow on from here. So excited!! Thank you, Goddess! 
Amy, another incredible woman with absolute superpowers. Thank you for trusting me and coming back for another tattoo, I love your adventure stories. This mandala will evolve with more love and magic sometime soon! 
My last day Rainfire Tattoo was spent with Miss Mcbride colouring tiger as she shared stories about the adorable kittens she is currently fostering. I drew this artwork last year in Chiang Mai, inspired by tiger spirit within and all around me. I am so happy to have offered it up to a true kitty hero. We are close to completion, will be adding a few more furry details. Thank you, love! Thanks Rainfire!! 
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