July 21, 2017

Today CBC News (Canada) features a new Indigenous tattoo studio and gallery in Toronto ‘Inkdigenous Tattoo.’ Check out the article by Lauren Pelley (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/inkdigenous-tattoo-1.4212733). Enjoy!

Inside his newly-opened tattoo parlour on Jarvis Street, Toby Sicks draws an intricate tree design on a customer’s arm as the buzz of his tattoo machine fills the small space.

“The tree is rooted, so it has a long history behind it. It means something to culture and tradition,” he explained while filling in the tree’s black outline.

Culture and tradition are at the core of Sicks’ new business endeavour, Inkdigenous Tattoo, which opened in Moss Park on Sunday.

To read more about the tradition of Native North American Tattooing, stigmas, and stereotypes, pick up a copy of my book Tattoo Traditions of Native North America.