Nick Chan

Nick Chan

Kreative Ink – Victoria, BC

As a toddler, I’m told I used crayons as chew toys, but as an adult, I’ve found better uses for them. From colouring walls, to the cars in the garage, and even my baby sister, I knew I was destined to become an artist one day! Fast-forward twenty years, to the first tattoo convention Victoria had seen. I was getting a pinup girl tattooed on my ribs by an out-of- town artist named Preston Hamilton. Despite the six hours of sheer pain, I had some great one-on-one conversation with Preston! It was during this conversation that I would ask a question that would alter the rest of my life: will you teach me how to tattoo? To my dismay, he replied with, “no, I don’t have time for that”! Feeling disappointed and rejected, I returned to my city job to carry on with life. About six months later I got a surprise call that I never in a million years imagined would happen! It was Preston calling to tell me that if I still wanted that apprenticeship, I best get my ass to Alberta right away! Within a week I had packed my belongings and moved to Alberta to pursue a career tattooing. If only it would be that easy…

After only eight months working with him, I had just about had it. Being taught the old school, biker style way, was far from a walk in the park! I was ready to head back to the coast and say “fuck It”. Fortunately for me, Preston saw some potential and made a call to a friend, and fellow tattooist, Jim Carter, to ask him if he’d help me to finish my apprenticeship. Working with, and learning from Jim, made a huge impact on my career and my life. After finishing my apprenticeship, Jim and I rolled out to countless tattoo conventions, traveling the world, and teaming up on a handful of business ventures together. After five jam-packed years of working at Incendiary Tattoos, I decided it was time to spread my wings and go out on my own. Kreative Ink was born!

Nick Chan

What equipment do you use for which particular styles or areas of a tattoo?

I typically do black and grey realism so I use curved mags, round shaders, and small liners. Curved mags are great for getting the soft greys, whereas liners and round shaders can give me the precision I need to complete a detailed piece.
My machine of choice is the Xion Pen made by FK Irons. In my opinion, it’s the best on the market right now! I use it for lining, shading, and packing. It has a slick design that puts the ink into the skin almost effortlessly; it’s also super convenient when trying to tattoo awkward spots, like the neck.

What gets your creative juices flowing? Do you sketch, paint, weave fuckin’ baskets, or what?

My creativity comes from other artists. Conventions are huge for me, they create this energy that makes me want to work harder. It’s great having convos with other artists about techniques and equipment being used. I sketch and paint as much as I can. I also want to get into weaving fucking baskets!

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