19 MAY 2014 OKANAGAN TATTOO CONVENTION + COVER-UPS
 

I'm taking appointments for the Okanagan Tattoo Show in Kelowna on July 18-20. Contact me to set up your appointment now!

Okanagan Kelowna Tattoo Convention 2014


Did you know I cover up a lot of unwanted tattoos? If you have a tattoo you're not in love with, contact me to discuss how I can fix it up or cover it up with a much better tattoo. See below for a couple of examples of cover ups I've done recently.

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05 APR 2014 OKANAGAN BIKE RALLY
 

I'll be tattooing at the 3rd Annual Bike Rally in Okanagan Falls, BC with Trish Bevs on May 9-11th. Swing by the OK Falls Hotel and check it out.

okanagan falls bike rally 2014

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02 MAR 2014 I'M MOVING!! + VANCOUVER TATTOO & CUTURE SHOW
 

Starting May 5th I'll be joining the crew at Art Therapy Corp in beautiful Osoyoos, British Columbia. I'd like to thank Rain City Tattoos for an amazing 3 years, and I'm so excited to be moving with my family to the South Okanagan. They're already making appointments for me at Art Therapy, so please give them a call if you'd like to get tattooed by me there.


I'm starting to take appointments for the Vancouver Tattoo & Culture Show on April 25-27, which will be my last weekend tattooing in Vancouver before I move to Osoyoos. To help pay for the move I'll be selling off a ton of my original flash sheets and paintings. I'll have them at the shop before the show if you want to come check them out.

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23 FEB 2014

CRAFTSMAN GUEST SPOT
 

I'm going to be working with the incredible Clint Danroth and Benny Hannya at Craftsman Tattoos in White Rock, BC on Sunday, March 2nd. Call them to make an appointment to get tattooed by me.

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09 JAN 2014 GUEST SPOT & SKETCHBOOKS
 

It's travel time again!

I'm excited about tattooing with the amazing and talented Simon Drolet at Art Therapy Corp in beautiful Osoyoos, BC on February 7th & 8th.

If you're in the Okanagan and want a new tattoo from me or to work on an existing tattoo we've already started, contact me or Simon to set up an appointment.

tattoos osoyoos bc

 

Hey, did you know I have a few books of pre-drawn, pre-priced custom tattoo designs at the shop? You can look through the books, choose your design without having to ask about the price, and it's yours and only yours!

Come in to Rain City Tattoo any time to check out the books and find your next tattoo design.

tattoo designs osoyoos bc okanagan

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01 JAN 2014 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014
 

Happy new year! Thanks to all the great clients who got tattooed this year. Here's a small sample of some of the fun tattoos I got to do this year. Hope to see you all in 2014.

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02 NOV 2013 TAKING ON NEW PROJECTS
 

Winter is here - and it's the perfect time to start new tattoo projects. I'll be spending more time indoors drawing, and you'll be spending less time at the beach and in the pool. So contact me to talk about your ideas for your sleeve or back piece and we'll get started.

dragon tattoo sleeve okanagan bc

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30 SEP 2013 TRAVEL PLANS
 

Okay, so I'm not going too far...this time.

Starting today I'll be working every second Sunday with my friend Dave Pelham at Sinister Skin Tattoos in Port Moody. I'm excited to meet new clients and new friends and do some fun tattoos in the 'burbs! Call the guys at Sinister to make an appointment now - 604-931-8272.

sinister skin port moody

 

On November 19-23 I'll be working with my friends at Craftsman Tattoo in White Rock again. It's so much fun there I just can't stay away! If you're out that way and want a tattoo or have an ongoing project, call Craftsman to book in with me soon. Appointments are going to fill up quickly...

And don't worry - Rain City Tattoo is still my home base. You can always contact me there and make an appointment.

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28 SEP 2013 ROAD RASH!
 

gastown tattoo

Check out this rad skateboard tattoo art show at The Shop Vancouver in the heart of Gastown on Saturday. I painted a skateboard for it, as did a whole list of amazing tattooers. If you can't make the opening party, the decks will be on display for two weeks. All profits from the sale of the art will go to Arts Umbrella.

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27 FEB 2013 CHECK OUT THE NEW RAIN CITY TATTOO
 

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This panorama shot is of the interior of Rain City Tattoo's new location at 1077 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC. We've got lots more space and it's covered in great flash and artwork, as always. Come on by and check it out!

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01 JAN 2013 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 

Thank you to all my clients, new and old, who got tattooed by me this year! Hope to see you all at Rain City's new location (1077 Broadway, between Oak and Spruce), opening January 2nd. Here are some of the fun tattoos I got to do this year.

happy new year from Kirk Sheppard tattoos, okanagan bc


NORTHERN INK XPOSURE 2013

I'll be working the Toronto tattoo convention this year. Contact me for an appointment.

kirk sheppard toronto tattoo convention northern ink exposure

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30 AUG 2012 TRIBAL & INSTAGRAM
 

Did you know I do tribal tattoos? I love doing them and would like to do more. Here are some tribal tattoo flash sheets I drew up recently:

tattoos by kirk sheppard in saskatoon saskatchewan

If you're interested in some custom or flash tribal tattoos, contact me.


And did you know I'm on Instagram? You should follow me: @thelastingimage
I update pretty much daily with drawings, paintings, tattoos and other stuff.

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29 JUL 2012 SUMMER'S HERE...
 

... and that means it's motorcycle season! I'll be away riding through British Columbia from July 6th-16th. Call the shop or come on by to book your tattoo appointment for when I get back to Vancouver.


FLASH FRIDAYS

We're still doing the Flash Fridays special at Rain City Tattoos - 25% off all in-house flash tattoos. We have one of the best selections of flash tattoo designs in Vancouver to choose from, either off the walls or in our huge collection of flash books.

Here are some examples of some of the fun flash tattoos I've done recently:
flash tattoos by Kirk Sheppard in okanagan

And if flash is not your thing, here are some of the great custom tattoos I've completed lately:
custom tattoos by Kirk Sheppard in okanagan


YEAR OF THE DRAGON FLASH SET

6 sheets with lines, $60. Contact me to purchase.

year of the dragon tattoo flash by Kirk Sheppard

-Kirk

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22 FEB 2012 ALL SORTS OF NEWS...
 

Okay, I'm bad at having my website updated regularly, but I do update my blog a lot. Check it out: www.kirksheppardtattoos.blogspot.com


FLASH FRIDAYS

We're doing a Flash Fridays special every Friday now at Rain City Tattoos - 25% off all in house flash tattoos. We have a ton of great designs to choose from, either off the walls or in our collection of flash books. It's a really fun way for us to keep the dying tradition of "You pick it - We stick it" tattooing alive, and clients are loving coming in and getting something awesome tattooed on the spot.

Here are some examples of some flash tattoos I've done recently:
flash tattoos by Kirk Sheppard, okanagan BC


FLASH SETS FOR SALE

I've been busy painting this winter. Here are the latest flash sets I have for sale. Contact me if you're interested in buying.

original tattoo flash art by Kirk Sheppard
Japanese Set: 11"x14", 8 sheets with lines, $80

original tattoo flash art by Kirk Sheppard
Mystic Set: 11"x14", 6 sheets with lines, $60

original tattoo flash art by Kirk Sheppard
Traditional Colour Set: 11"x14", 6 sheets, $60

And I still have a couple of copies of this left...
original traditional tattoo flash art by Kirk Sheppard
Large Traditional Set: 14"x20", 6 sheets, now only $120


WEST COAST TATTOO SHOW 2012

I'm excited to be working the West Coast Tattoo & Culture Show again this year. It'll be at the Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam on April 27-29 and I'll be sharing a booth with Mark Ainsworth & Stephanie Babiarz of Rain City Tattoo & Hugues Lauzier of Imago Tattoo in Montreal. You should come check it out!

west coast tattoo convention 2012

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01 JAN 2012 HAPPY NEW YEARS!
 

Happy 2012! This past year was a pretty good one for my tattooing - I started at Rain City Tattoo last March, and I'm loving it! Here's a small sample of the fun tattoos I got to do on some amazing clients in 2011:

happy new years 2012 from Kirk Sheppard tattoos okanagan!

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02 AUG 2011 SAVE THE BRAINS!
 

Rain City Tattoos is proud to sponsor Save the Brains, an Annual Rock n' Roll Fundraiser for brain cancer reseach for the BC Cancer Foundation!

The next Save the Brains Rock n' Roll Fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, August 26, 2011 at the fabulous Biltmore Cabaret, featuring music by The Black Amps and The Stag Reels and burlesque by Ruthe Ordare, Burgundy Brixx & Camero Luvroc! There's also an amazing silent art auction & more. Hosted by Burgundy Brixx & The Purrrfessor of Kitty Nights fame, Save the Brains 2011 will be a fun night of rock n' roll & burlesque you won't soon forget!

-Kirk

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29 JUN 2011 NEW HOURS
 

My hours at the shop are changing starting July 17th. I will now be taking Sundays off but will be working Tuesdays, so I will now be in the shop Tuesday to Saturday. Come on by Rain City Tattoos and see me!

Also, it's summer time so that means it's time to do fun walk-in tattoos like this one Curtis got the other day:

-Kirk

tattoos by Kirk Sheppard in okanagan BC

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16 MAY 2011 CATCHING UP...
 

Lots going on lately... Here's the rundown:

Things are going great so far at Rain City. Mark and I are having a good time tattooing and making art. The amazing Chris Johne painted the signs on the windows and they look fantastic. Come on down and check it out yourself: 101-223 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC. I'm taking walk-ins daily on a first come, first serve basis so you can come say hi and get a quick tattoo. Here are a couple of photos of the new shop.

kirk sheppard tattoo artist okanagan


My lovely web designer/wife just added a bunch of new photos to the TATTOO and ART pages. Check it out...

tattoos by kirk sheppard in okanagan

fine art paintings by kirk sheppard


If you want to check out ongoing projects & other random things in my life, check out my blog: www.kirksheppardtattoos.blogspot.com


My first shirts are in! $20 each. Pick them up at Rain City Tattoos, or contact me if you can't make it in.

kirk sheppard tattoos okanagan bc


I have brand new flash sets for sale for $150. The sheets are 20"x14" and full of easy tattoos that can be banged out all day long. Contact me for more info.

tattoo flash painted by kirk sheppard, okanagan bc

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28 JAN 2011 BIG NEWS!!
 

As of March 10th I will no longer be at tattooing at Adrenaline. I'd like to thank Dave, the crew, and all the people I tattooed there over the past 3 years. I had a great time - thank you!

One of the reasons I went to work at Adrenaline in the first place was to work with Mark Ainsworth, one of the raddest people I know. So it is a great pleasure to say I will be working with him again, at his brand-spanking-new studio Rain City Tattoo, located on Broadway at Columbia here in Vancouver, BC. His new shop is a bare-bones back-to-basics tattoo shop: just tattoos, art and fun times.

So after March 10th you can find me here:
Rain City Tattoos
101-223 West Broadway
okanagan BC
604-569-1522

Hope to see you all soon!

kirk sheppard tattoos
photo by Jessy Junior

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20 JAN 2011 WINTER IS THE BEST TIME TO GET TATTOOED
 

You don't have to worry about missing out on swimming, your cozy winter clothes hide the yucky flaky stage, and best of all, it'll be healed by the time t-shirt weather comes around! To that end, I am currently taking on new clients.
I'm tattooing at Adrenaline 5 days a week: 11-7 Tuesday to Saturday. Call the shop for an appointment – 604-699-6800 – or come on by 1014 Granville St.

WEST COAST TATTOO SHOW

I'll be tattooing at the West Coast Tattoo Show on April 15th to 17th at the PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC. I am booking appointments now. Email me to book your appointment before my schedule fills up.

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01 JAN 2011 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 

Thanks to all my great clients that helped make this past year awesome. Hope to see you again in 2011!

Here's a colourful review of some of the fun tattoos I got to do in 2010:

kirk sheppard tattoos

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26 NOV 2010 IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!
 

And we're having a party!

Come down to Pat's Pub on Friday, November 26th to celebrate my thirtieth birthday with me. There's three great bands and the cover is only $8!

See you on Friday...

-Kirk

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26 SEP 2010 BLOG N' STUFF
 

Did you know I have a blog? Well, I do. You can check it out at www.kirksheppardtattoos.blogspot.com. I try and keep it updated with new projects, ongoing projects, paintings, and just other stuff I find fun. Read it, follow it, comment.

Also I now have a Yelp page, so love me or hate me, you can now review me on Yelp http://www.yelp.ca/biz/kirk-sheppard-vancouver

And finally, a big thanks to Clint, Dax, and everyone at Craftsman Tattoos in White Rock for showing me a good time while I tattooed out there earlier this month. I did some fun tattoos, learned some stuff, and generally had fun.

-Kirk

jack the bat watercolour painting

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1-5 SEP 2010 GUEST SPOT AT CRAFTSMAN TATTOOS IN WHITE ROCK
 

I'm super excited to be tattooing at Craftsman Tattoos in White Rock on September 1st through the 5th. It'll be great getting out of Vancouver, being right on the beach and tattoing with Clint Danroth & Dax Brunet. I'll be covering for my friend Hugues, who is globetrotting to Montreal and Paris.

If you're in the neighbourhood, come by and get tattooed, or call the shop to make an appointment! See you then!

Craftsman Tattoo
#7, 15782 Marine Drive
White Rock, BC
778 294 0708

-Kirk

Kirk tattooing

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11 AUG 2010 SUMMERTIME FUN
 

August has been a busy month so far, and people are asking me for some great custom designs.

Check out these fun tattoos I've done recently:

-Kirk

ganesh tattoo

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10 JULY 2010 SUMMER IN okanagan
 

Summer has FINALLY arrived in Vancouver, BC! You know what that means - the beach, long motorcycle rides, beers on patios, and time to get more tattoos. Summer's booking fast, so contact the shop soon if you want to get in.

Check out this awesome Lions Gate Bridge tattoo and this cute li'l eagle tattoo that I've done in the past couple of weeks...

-Kirk

baby eagle tattoo

lions gate bridge tattoo

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24 APR 2010 FOOT TATTOOS & SAILOR JERRY
 

I did these fun neo-traditional foot tattoos (to the right) of a lock and skeleton key on a pair of room-mates this week. We had a good time and the tattoos came out cool, if I do say so myself!

I also got to tattoo this awesome cupcake skull design (below) on a foot this week. I was the foot guy at Adrenaline this week!

We got the new Sailor Jerry Flash Book, Vol. 3 in the shop this week. I love tattooing all that old timey flash, so come on down to Adrenaline on Tuesdays through Saturdays and get some fun traditional flash tattoos! They're bold, look good and hold the test of time.

-Kirk

cupcake tattoo on foot

lock tattoo on footskeleton key tattoo on foot

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22 APR 2010 NATIONAL TATTOO CONVENTION, SOME BLOGGY GOODNESS, AND A FLY
 

Stephanie, Cara and I had a good time at the National Tattoo Association Convention this weekend. Thanks to Flo, Aaron and Melissa for putting on a great show once again in Seattle. My good friend Hugues Lauzier won Best Traditional Tattoo Award - Judge's Choice at the show. Check him out if you haven't already.

Also, check it out my friend Chris' blog - it's a fun blog about mostly motorcycles! He wrote about me this week. My friend Jr. blogged about me this week too!

I did this rad little fly tattoo on Steph's hand this week.

-Kirk

fly tattoo

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15 APR 2010 IT'S A MOTORCYCLE KINDA WEEK!

Check out these rad tattoos that I got to do on some motorcycle-enthusiast friends this week. On the left is a crest tattoo that I did on Rob. It incorporates elements from his whole family in a new kind of family crest. It was a challenge to design, but came out pretty well. And on the right is a shovelhead motor/heart/skull thingy that I tattooed on my old friend Darren. This kind of tattoo is right up my alley! I also got my motorcycle learner's license this week. Soon I'll be ripping it up with Rob & Darren on my very own bike!
-Kirk

 

motorcycle tattoo

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FEB 2010 A NEW WEBSITE FOR KIRK
tattoos studio okanagan bc

It's about time! www.kirksheppardtattoos.com has finally received a facelift, courtesy of Cara Sheppard. Check out the TATTOOS page for lots of new tattoos that Kirk has done over the past few months, and visit the ART page to see some of Kirk's new paintings.

Got any feedback? Want a tattoo? Contact Kirk.

DEC 2009 HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
tattooing by kirk sheppard in okanagan bc Best wishes to each of you for a safe and happy holiday season.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
-Winston Churchill

SEPT/OCT 09 MONTREAL & LAS VEGAS TATTOO CONVENTIONS
tattoos my kirk sheppard

On September 4-6, 2009, Kirk will be attending Art Tattoo Montreal in Montreal Quebec with Hugues Lauzier from Craftsman Tattoo, okanagan.

On October 2-4, 2009, Kirk will have a booth at The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth in Las Vegas.

Come on by at either show and say hi!

01 JUNE 09 ADRENALINE TATTOOS IS MOVING...
kirk sheppard, tattoo artist

...but only a few doors down!

As of June 1st, 2009, you can catch Kirk and all his cohorts just south of their current location, at 1014 Granville St, Vancouver, BC. Come on by, check out the fancy new digs, and get a tattoo.

14 MAY 09 NEW TATTOO PHOTOS, UH HUH!
kirk sheppard, tattoo artist

Holy cow, Kirk's online tattoo gallery has been updated! Yes, it's about time!

Click on the tattoo gallery page to check out some of the fantastic tattoos Kirk's done over the past few months, as well a few old favourites.
Wanna get a tattoo from Kirk? Call Adrenaline Tattoos on Granville Street here in Vancouver (604-669-6800) to book a consultation with Kirk so he can design a custom tattoo just for you.

10 JAN 09 SAVE THE BRAINS!
tattoo artist kirk sheppard

Tickets for the SAVE THE BRAINS! fundraiser go on sale on Saturday, January 10th.
The British Columbians
Grand Theft Radio
The Yams
The SOME x6 Band

**great music, raffle, door prizes & more - only $15**
Visit www.savethebrains.com for details.

13 OCT 08 MANY THANKS...
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Thank you to Tattoo Magazine for publishing Kirk's tattoos in their last two issues.

Thanks also to Tatuajes y Perforaciones from Mexico for the feature article and 6-page spread of Kirk's tattoo photos.

03 OCT 08 LAUNCH PARTY! - THE TATTOO COLOURING BOOK II
tattoo colouring book

Join us for the launch of The Tattoo Colouring Book II!
Music by The Vicious Cycles
Burlesque by Miss Rosie Bitts & Miss KT Couture
Special pricing on both books
Tattoo colouring contest
Prizes for the best dressed cowpokes
Friday, October 3, 2008 at 9:00pm, Anza Club: 3 West 8th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia
$10 at the door

16 SEPT 08 NEW TATTOO PHOTOS ADDED
tattoos by kirk sheppard

At long last, Kirk's online tattoo gallery has been updated!

Check out the tattoo gallery page to see some of the fun tattoos he's been doing here in Vancouver, BC over the past few months, as well as some oldies but goodies.
Like what you see? Call Adrenaline on Granville Street (604-669-6800) to book a consultation with Kirk to come up with a custom tattoo just for you.

04 SEPT 08 THANKS TO BETWEEN THE CRACKS MAGAZINE
tattoos by kirk sheppard

Many thanks to Between the Cracks for their prompt and throrough plugging of The Tattoo Colouring Book and The Tattoo Colouring Book II, as well as all their other coverage of music, art, culture and transformation in Vancouver, British Columbia and beyond.

Check out www.btcracks.com

11 AUG 08 SEATTLE WAS EXCELLENT!
tattoos in seattle

Kirk had a ton of fun at the Seattle Tattoo Expo this year. Thanks to everyone who came by the booth to say hi and pick up some artwork! The crowd was awesome, the bands were great, and a good time was had by all.

Kirk is already registered for next year's show, and he hopes to see you there.

28 APR 08 SEATTLE TATTOO EXPO 2008
 

Kirk will be attending the Seattle Tattoo Expo on Aug 8-10th, 2008. It's at the Seattle Center in downtown Seattle, right next to the Key Arena and the space needle. You can buy tickets at the door, or in advance on their website, www.seattletattooconvention.com.

10 MAR 08

KIRK WORKS AT ADRENALINE ON GRANVILLE

adrenaline tattoos okanagan

Kirk is now tattooing at Adrenaline Professional Body Piercing & Tattoos, 982 Granville St, Vancouver, BC. Call them up to make an appointment to be tattooed by Kirk: 604-669-6800.

See you soon!

15 DEC 07

KIDS PLAYING WITH SKULLS!

kids playing with skulls

Check out Kirk's new site - Kids Playing with Skulls: the art of Kirk & Cara Sheppard. It features exclusive original paintings, limited edition art prints, tattoo flash, books, badges, postcards and more, produced by Kirk and his lovely and talented wife, Cara. Keep checking, as the selection will be changing constantly.

12 DEC 07

ABSOLUTE UNDERGROUND

 

Kirk is the featured artist in the newest issue of Absolute Underground, a bi-monthly magazine distributed in okanagan, Victoria, Vancouver Island, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Seattle. In the article, Kirk talks about his fine art, as well as his life as a tattoo artist.

03 NOV 07

TOP HATS & MONOCLES CONTINUES...

tattoos in okanagan bc

The tattoo art show is at the gallery for the entire month of November - come on down and check it out! There are paintings, limited edition art prints, tattoo flash sets and copies of The Tattoo Colouring Book for sale.

Top Hats & Monocles - The Fine Art of Tattooist Kirk Sheppard
2514 Douglas St, Victoria BC
9am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

02 NOV 07

TOP HATS & MONOCLES

tattoos in okanagan bc

You are cordially invited to the opening party for:
Top Hats & Monocles - The Fine Art of Tattooist Kirk Sheppard
Friday, November 2nd, 2514 Douglas St, Victoria BC
An evening of art, tattoos, music and entertainment.

11 AUG 07

KIRK IS DISPOSABLE

tattoos by kirk sheppard

After months of testing, Kirk has officially switched to sterile disposable (rather than autoclaved surgical steel) tubes, making an entirely disposable tattooing set-up. Visit Kirk and ask him about the benefits of disposable tubes for tattooing.

13 JUL 07

NEW ART PRINTS and TATTOO FLASH FOR SALE

tattoos by kirk sheppard

There are a few left each of Kirk's limited edition art prints and they are available for sale on the Kids Playing with Skulls site.

Also, there's a new set of tattoo flash for sale and a great deal when you purchase both tattoo flash sets.

16 Nov 06

SKIN & INK REVIEWS THE TATTOO COLOURING BOOK

tattoo colouring book

Check out the Feb 2007 issue of Skin & Ink Tattoo Magazine. There's a fantastic two-page review article on The Tattoo Colouring Book by Mr. Bob Baxter himself.

Then buy The Tattoo Colouring Book on Kids Playing with Skulls...

28 SEPT 06

URBAN BABY RUNWAY REVIEWS THE TATTOO COLOURING BOOK

tattoos in okanagan bc

Check out the review of The Tattoo Colouring Book on Urban Baby Runway! It's a fantastic site with reviews of products for babies, children, moms & dads who want something a little different than yellow duckies and teddy bears.

Then buy The Tattoo Colouring Book on Kids Playing with Skulls...