Who Did Your Ink? is the Straight’s weekly feature, where we ask badass Vancouverites about the talented artists, indelible stories, and, at times, questionable antics behind their most treasured tattoos.
What's your name? Shannon Elliott.
What do you do? I’m a tattoo artist at Black Medicine Tattoo and occasional painter/designer.
Who did your ink? Nomi Chi did my first big piece (a drunk skeleton) when I was 22. Since then, I've mostly been tattooed when travelling or by friends and studio-mates in Vancouver.
Why did you choose these artists to do your tattoos? It’s usually someone whose body of work I admire.
Sometimes, I don’t even know what I’m getting until I show up to the appointment but if it’s someone with a solid aesthetic, I put my trust in them.
Is there any meaning behind them? I am a firm believer in having no meaning behind any of my tattoos (except my first one, which is the acronym for “International High Roller”, my ultimate life goal.)
I get tattoos because I think the design is interesting, or because they were made by an artist whose work I admire, or just because I think that they’re pretty.
I have no idea what it’s going to be like—Mainland China is unchartered territory as far as my style of tattooing is concerned.
It’s exciting, what's going on in the industry right now. There are more great artists out there than ever and social media has made them so easy to find.
I’m hoping to spend the next few years travelling and getting tattooed as much as possible.