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Monthly Newsletter  -  August 2019

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There are big plans ahead for the studio after Katia’s successful surgery and renewed vitality. As Katia has been in recovery mode, Rainfire Tattoo has been busy with guest artists. Gina and Mariana from Mexico plan to return in September and are currently accepting new clients. Faye’s books are opening in September as she travels from the Sunshine Coast, and Felix continues to visit monthly from Gabriola Island. Ashley Apok is at Rainfire in August from his new home in Nelson and plans to return to Vancouver periodically for guest spots.

A new apprentice will be starting this month, a long-time client who has been showing up to draw at 7am with Katia since last fall. Stay tuned for updates. There are also some new full time artists joining us this fall and we are currently looking to hire a full time studio manager (see below). 

Artist information:
*Katia Somerville has 2 designs and a trust tattoo (see below) available for tattooing in Sept/Oct
*Felix Addison's books are open for limited custom designs.
*Faye Basravi's books are closed and will open in September.
*Ashley Apok will be returning for an August guest spot, but his schedule is fully booked. 
*Gina Zajec and Mariana Groning will be returning and have open bookings for September.
*Paul Bevan will be returning to work with us this fall and is taking emails for custom ideas if clients are willing to be open with scheduling as he is unsure of his exact start date. 
*Bekki from the UK (Lunalana Tattoo) will be tattooing with us for a couple months starting in November and is taking bookings. Check out her beautiful delicate style and all of the colour.
Rainfire Tattoo is hiring a Full Time Studio Manager. Salary to be discussed at the interview. This is NOT a tattoo apprenticeship and we are seeking someone with an interest with office and administrative tasks primarily. Must be familiar with Adobe Photoshop (or quick to learn), troubleshooting, budgeting and have managerial and business experience. Must be able to type min 30 wpm. Contact us with your cover letter, resume, and references by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please address Katia specifically. 

Job duties will include maintaining studio inventory, customer service for new and returning clients, shop reception, email correspondence, accounting assistance, social media management, guest artist outreach, assisting staff artists, coordinating appointment schedules, and light cleaning duties. Reception experience is preferred, but we are willing to train the right person. 
Ashley Apok from Nelson, BC - August 27th - August 30th, 2019
Mariana Groning from Mexico - September, 2019
BOOKS OPEN - Email Mariana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Gina Zajec from Mexico - September, 2019
BOOKS OPEN - Email Gina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Bekki from Lunalana Tattoo in the UK will be coming to tattoo with us at Rainfire in November and December, 2019. She is going to start taking bookings this month for custom consultations. 
BOOKS OPEN - Email Becci at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Paul Bevan from the United Kingdom - Fall 2019
Just announced, Paul Bevan will be coming to work at Rainfire full time this fall.
BOOKS OPEN - Email Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

August 2019 Designs

by Katia Somerville
If you would like one of these original designs tattooed, please click the link below the designs. Katia only has 2 designs (plus a trust tattoo) this month, but there are plans for much more starting September 1st. Stey tuned for your design. <3 The design application will close after 5 people have signed up and the recipient will be chosen randomly. 
I envision this piece as either wrapping around an arm or leg, either fading into dots or matching up on the other side, or as a more concise diamond shape as shown in the image.  Called Optimism, It represents the twists and turns of life and clinging to positivity. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”-Kierkegaard 
This design gives you a choice of the centre you prefer. It could also be a start to a larger piece, I have many ideas that I could share and work with you to expand it if it’s a good match for us. I’m also open to placement and removing the circle around the outside. This design is called Perseverance, and represents the process of working through struggles, and not giving up. 
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. 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.

July 2019 Tattoos

by Katia Somerville
This tattoo is about a time of transformation, from one time of perfection to another. Even though perfection is all about how you perceive what is happening, not necessarily how others perceive it. Everything is always changing. I took a long recovery time after this tattoo to recover from a surgery that life perfectly sprang on me and I feel strong and know I'll come out even stronger. This tattoo was also perfectly named, 'A Pause Between Thoughts'. Thanks Annina for the beautiful heart-warming day. ♥Katia 
Close up of 'A Pause Between Thoughts.' Tattoo by Katia Somerville for Annina. Also check out Annina's store @wanderlust_faeriedust.
Annina and Katia in front of the Rainfire Tattoo studio.♥

July 2019 Tattoos

by Faye Basravi
Danika's first tattoo! Tattoo by Faye Basravi.
Gap filler for Keeley! Always so good to catch up with you. Tattoo by Faye Basravi.
Wild rose for Maxi - thanks for letting me do my thing! Tattoo by Faye Basravi.

July 2019 Tattoos

by Mariana Groning, Guest Artist from Mexico
Tattoo by Mariana Groning.
Tattoo by Mariana Groning.
Tattoo by Mariana Groning.
Tattoo by Mariana Groning.
Tattoo by Mariana Groning.

July 2019 Tattoos

by Gina Zajec, Guest Artist from Mexico
Tattoo by Gina Zajec.
Tattoo by Gina Zajec.
Tattoo by Gina Zajec.
Tattoo by Gina Zajec.
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