At the very tip of Dominique Bodkin looks more like she could be colouring with kindergarteners instead of inking up the Mile-End, but her sweetness is only amped by the classic swirling designs that adorn her arms.
Why the name "Bodkin"?
Bodkin is my name, pleasure to meet you.
How long have you been a tattoo artist?
My father is a tattooer and I've simply been around it my whole life. I've taken a more active role in tattooing within the last two years.
Where do you get all the antique photos that hang in your parlour?
It’s a private collection I've been amassing for years. Flea markets, fairs, trading with other tattooers.
The Mile End shop has had its doors open for a mere three years and already earned itself a spot on Cult Mtl’s Best-Of-Mtl list as the #2 best tattoo parlour in the city, so obviously they’re doing something right! The white walls are tiled with old Victorian photographs chronicling the grand history of the art form. It looks clean without looking clinical.
What is our favorite kind of tattoo? Body part or design etc.
I'm partial to well-applied, classic tattoos, applied anywhere visible.
Favorite tattoo on yourself?
This small swallow on my wrist. My dad stuck on there some years ago.
What about the mile-end influences your style?
The strong community valves in this neighborhood. The people in Mile End generally care for each other and other and that's influenced my management style. Then there's the diversity. Clients are always coming in with a variety of great projects.
Bodkin Tattoo Parlour
Do you see any rising or falling trends in commissioned tattoos?
Trends come and go, good classic tattoos are forever. Our five artists offer our clientele a variety of styles.
What are your sources of inspiration or “style icons” for original tattoo art?
Cindy Ray, Lyle Turtle, Tom Devita, Bert Grimm, as well as Canadian heavyweights such as Doc Forbes.
Jalen Frizzell has been tattooing since 2015 and is influenced by "blaxploitation movie posters of the 70s era, and the dynamics of life, death, and dreams."
Frizzell told MTL Blog that her "Jamaican-Canadian roots have motivated her to center black people in her practice. Exploring different methods of depicting black hair textures with different applications of tattoo needles is one way she presents this - as well as continuously exploring black facial features through the lens of traditional tattoo drawing styles."
Rali is the owner of XYZ Tattoo Studio and first began tattooing in 2017.
She told us that her love of "traditional hand-drawn illustrations and a graphic approach to my designs as well as my black and red colour palette are the elements that define my signature style today."
Rian Desourdie is an artist at Studio Artease in Verdun and specializes in watercolour-style tattoos.
"I love designing colourful tattoos where I can play around with artistic styles [...] and take pride in tattooing them in a way that will age well, balancing strong black linework and vibrant colour work," said Desourdie.
Jones told MTL Blog "I've been apprenticing for the last 2 years and I specialize in black and grey illustrative and traditional-inspired tattoos. I am currently working on opening a private studio with my mentor that will be a safe, inclusive place for all Montrealers to come and get tattooed!"
Quebec's most famous graduation picture has been immortalized with a tattoo. Hélène Boudreau, the UQAM student who partially flashed her breasts for a grad photo, got a tattoo of the moment on her leg as an expression of everything she's been through since posting the photo.
Tattoo artist Mathias Domergue, a long-time friend of Boudreau, told MTL Blog that following discussions, they decided the medium would be a message about the often negative connotations of sex work in the public eye.
"Unfortunately, many young girls resort to prostitution, selling intimate content, dancing in bars [...] to support themselves," explained Domergue.
"That's why we decided to veil Hely's face with a white stripe over her eyes and to write "YOU" on it, because these situations are very frequent for young women and can happen to anyone."
Boudreau, who received just as much heat as she did praise, reached a settlement with UQAM after the school attempted to sue her for $125,000. Since then, she's claimed to be making a 7-figure salary from her OnlyFans account.
Tatted-up Quebecers know that when it comes to new ink, the hardest question to answer is, "What should I get next?" With Montreal tattoo artists' waitlists overflowing due to COVID-19 delays, we know you want to book your post-lockdown tat ASAP. We're here to help.
Since tattoos are a reflection of your personality, why not use your pandemic personality to guide the tat that will commemorate this experience? Researcher Dr. Mimi E. Lam from the University of Bergen in Norway recently identified 16 'COVID-19 personality types' to explain how we've all dealt with the virus in our own unique ways — we took 'em and ran with 'em as inspiration.
If you're a COVID-19 denier, you probably downplay the threat of the coronavirus and refuse to follow public health guidelines.
We suggest something like this reptilian monster from Saving Grace Tattoo in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, since you might also believe our public health officials worship the reptilian elite.
If you identify as a COVID-19 harmer, you might try to weaponize COVID-19 and put others in harm's way, likely through unsanitary measures like coughing or sneezing on them.
If you're a harmer, get something like this skeleton casually holding coffee from Imago Tattoo Studio in the Plateau, since the threat of death doesn't scare you.
If you're a rebel, you're probably not following Quebec's COVID-19 rules. You might've even received a few $1,500 fines for breaking curfew. If you are following the rules, you're yearning for the day you can do something rebellious again.
Get inked with something like this cup of Lean from Thermal Ink Tattoo in the Plateau to solidify your commitment to partying.
Invincibles are those friends you have who continue to rent Airbnbs in Saint-Sauveur despite calls from public health officials heavily discouraging interregional travel.
If you think you're an Invincible, go ahead and get tattooed with something like this little Pierrot from Flaming Tattoo Club in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve since you've likely been calling our elected officials "clowns" all day and night.
Blamers transfer blame for their fears about the coronavirus to others, projecting pandemic issues onto health care workers and certain racial groups.
Blamers should get a tattoo like an angry lemon from Coop Crève-Cœur in the Gay Village, a testament to their perpetually sour disposition.
Spreaders just want things to go back to normal and believe in COVID-19 "herd immunity." (Super) spreaders make up those in your life who see as many people as possible despite lockdown.
Spreaders should get this tattoo by Frédérique Poulin-Thomas from Repère aux Loups in the Plateau — we think it's fairly self-explanatory.
Realists recognize the effects and risks of COVID-19 and the reality of the pandemic, adjusting their behaviour appropriately. Basically your average Joe.
If you like classic tattoo themes, as realists would, you should book a floral arrangement from Sarah Laub at Adrenaline in the downtown core of Montreal.
Exploiters are a minor group of people who exploit the pandemic for power or inhumanity.
We suggest a bloody and rotting tooth like this one from Nicolas Durand at Semelius Tattoo in Mile-End.
If you're a worrier, you're constantly consuming COVID-19 news and need to know the latest updates so you can share them with your friends.
Worriers should get something like this cute ouija planchette by Carolanne at Black Rose Tattoo in the Plateau — it may be able to give you an indication as to when the pandemic will be over.
Contemplators are thriving in our era of self-isolation, having just been given a prime excuse to stay indoors while contemplating their lives and the state of the world.
Contemplators should get tatted with something like this Bojack Horseman number from Flaming Tattoo Club in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve since they may feel Bojack's existential plight all too well.
If you jetted to Costco at the start of the pandemic to clear out every toilet paper roll in stock to keep your anxiety at bay, this one's for you.
Consider this grapefruit by Mathieu at MTL Tattoo in the Plateau to remind yourself of how much extra "emergency" grocery ended up rotting in your fridge.
If you're a supporter, you've probably clapped for a frontline health worker or made a "ça va bien aller" rainbow for your window at the start of the pandemic.
You should get inked with something like this little pug by Clément Sicot from Desolé Maman Studio in Mile-End since it will bring smiles to those who see it — just as you aim to do.
Innovators are entrepreneurs and hard workers who have put their skills to use by creating new systems, masks, vaccines and hospital equipment in record time during the pandemic.
If you're a creative innovator, you should get something like this lovely little sun piece from Chloe Luna Solis at Coop Crève-Cœur in the Village to represent your efforts to help Quebecers see brighter days post-COVID-19.
Altruists have been supporting the elderly in CHSLDs, as well as doing what they can to support the homeless and those in need throughout the pandemic. If this is you, we salute you!
Altruists should get this emotional support ghost duo from Violette Violence at Les Chochottes in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve to represent all the good work they've done to provide support during the pandemic.
The veteran crew is made up of those of us who are old enough to remember H1N1, the OG SARS outbreak and the Ebola virus disease, and consider COVID-19 just another opportunity to avoid people altogether.
Veterans can get dainty script from Atelier Olibrius in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie since they've likely gone through a self-love journey and enjoyed their alone time during the pandemic.
Warriors have been indispensable to the general public throughout the year-long pandemic and make up our frontline health care workers, doctors, nurses and essential workers.
Big ups to all the warriors! You should get something like this mythological Libra warrior from Melle Alyx at Meme Pas Mal MTL in the Plateau as your post-pandemic piece — a testament to how hard you worked despite the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.
Down below is a list that composes of great activities you can do this weekend from Thursday, September 7th until Sunday, September 10th! It's officially September and everyone has sadly started school by now! So, to make up for the shitty weather and school starting lets enjoy the festivities in Montreal that are coming to an end this summer 2017.
Let's start to celebrate the beginning of September by enjoying all the insane things you can do this weekend! On the plus side, most activities are even free this week! Rain or shine, this weekend will be A1 and a goodbye to August but a hello to September.
If you love dancing and seeing shows, then be sure to go to one of the Quartiers Danses performances in Montreal September 7th through September 17th, 2017. There will be a variety of showings that feature performances by local, national and international artists.
These amazing creations are mini pies on a stick!! They're available at Montreal's best spot for all things pie, Rustique Pies in Saint Henri area. They make these awesome desserts called 'Lollipies' in flavours like apple, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and so much more!
The treetop trail is called Wild Walk and it was created by Wild Center, a not-for-profit organization that offers visitors the chance to explore the Adirondacks (located in upstate New York) from a whole new perspective. The Wild Walk is an elevated trail that mounts 30 feet above ground level, and thus offering the most spectacular views of the Adirondack mountains.
If you happen to just ADORE lobster, then this "lobster cone" will complete your life! It is exploding all over Montreal and you might say that it's more popular than the doughnut ice cream cones! Some call it a lobster horn , but when I read the name "lobster cone" my mind was blown as summer flashed before my eyes.
BOATS. BOATS. BOATS! Yes the Montreal In-Water Boat Show is free and runs September 8th to September 10th this year. The Montreal In-Water Boat Show is the only such show in the Province of Quebec which allow visitors to examine, visit and have free demo rides of the boat shown in the water.
When: From September 8th to September 10th
Where: Old Port of Montreal, in the Jacques-Cartier basin
Tattoos are honestly amazingpieces of art and we Montrealers are lucky enough to be hosting Quebec's biggest tattoo festival! The Art Tattoo Show Montreal will be taking place this summer downtown and it looks LIT AF! You can expect nothing but a huge event filled with diverse tattoo artists, great purchases to make, and an overall fabulous ambiance considering that this is the 15th edition!
Kleine Shoppe is a brand cafe (first opening in May 2017) in Montreal that also acts as a bakery with gluten free dessert and even some vegan options. They are located on 3027 Notre Dame West which is just minutes away from Lionel metro.
From September 6th through September 9th, you can join the OUMF festival for some free concerts, exhibitions, streets performances and more! For its 7th Edition, OUMF is bringing the block party back to its roots, with 3 stages programmed by M for Montréal, a big comedy show and tons of street activities.
When: From September 6th through September 9th
Where: Various Locations ( Main location Quartier latin)
Well, it's the 3rd edition of the Ancient Future Festival by La Bacchanale! They feature both local and international artists and this year is going to be LIT since the master of electro Fritz Kalkbrenner from Berlin is on the line-up!
When: September 8 and 9, 2017
Where: Quai de l'Horloge and at Hangar 16 in the Old Port
@firefitbootcamp_ will be hosting a boot camp to raise funds for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey. Come work hard, and give back to the people of Houston. All proceeds will be donated to the victims of this disaster.
If you love corn and fresh foods, then be sure to check out Quebec's Largest "Farmers Market" hosted at the Olympic stadium on September 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is truly something for everyone at this farmers market whether it be seeing the animals, buying flowers, or eating some delicious natural food.
Art and a lake side view is a perfect pair and you can participate at Monttreal's Art by the Lake held on the waterside grounds of Stewart Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both September 9th and September 10th.
When: September 9th and September 10th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also known as Momenta, the Montreal Photo Month is something you won't want to miss! MOMENTA is a leading international biennale dedicated to the image. Since its beginnings in 1989, MOMENTA produces a unique and exciting opportunity to discover the latest trends in photography, video and lens-based art. For each edition, a guest curator proposes a theme to explore and selects roughly 20 to 40 artists whose works are presented in 15 venues across Montréal.
Montreal's Oysterfest is goingto take place on September 10th from 12-10pm at Gare Viger in the Old Port! This festival started all the way back in 2009 and has grown to become a celebrated and anticipated end of summer event in the city.