Mat Blak

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Mat Blak

Studio Phi Tattoos – Calgary, AB

I’ve been tattooing since 2015, and the thing I’ve come to realize is that people just want to connect and be heard. They get tattoos to tell their story, when it may otherwise be difficult to explain with words. I often hear clients say that getting a tattoo is therapeutic for them. With each interaction, I have a unique opportunity to provide value, in more ways than to simply put art on someone’s skin. I try to give every client my undivided attention, whether it’s just to talk about life, or whether it’s to engage with them in brainstorming ideas for the subject at hand. As artists, we have the opportunity to place our perceptions of other people’s ideas, onto their bodies. We get to find new ways to create, to express, to find assurance, and to give assurance. While I’m proud of where I am today, I strive to continue my personal and professional growth and achieve my goals as an artist.

Mat Blak

You seem to do a lot of ear tattoos, can you tell us a bit about that?

I was searching for ear designs for myself and found nothing but a few poorly tattooed ears on the Internet. I decided to scrap my search and try some designs of my own, and after sketching a few I couldn’t help but feel some creative elements brewing, and the potential for a new challenge with ear tattoo designs!

I get so excited when I hear people say that I’m the ear guy or the person to go to for ear tattoos! It’s a cool niche for sure.

Mentors and favourite artists?

I have so many mentors: Austin Darragh- Prentice, Levi Riemer, Dustin Poole, and Ryan Scarpino who I had the pleasure of apprenticing with. My top three favourite artiststs from the beginning to now are: Steve Moore, Mark Walker, and Eckel.

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