Who Did Your Ink?: Jenny LaBounty's art symbolizes freedom, undying love, and fidelity

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      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?  Jenny LaBounty.

      What do you do?  I work as a makeup artist at BeautyMark (1268 Pacific Boulevard) in Yaletown.

      Who did your ink?  I got my first three tattoos done by an artist in Merritt—where I'm from—Bryan at Sin on Skin Tattoos. The fourth is done by an artist in Kelowna and my most recent one is by Dan at Geronimo Tattoo (4641 Kingsway, Burnaby).

      Why did you choose these artists to do your tattoos?  Bryan was the only tattoo artist in Merritt at the time. I was itching to get the pieces done, so I decided it would be fastest to just go to him. Thankfully, I'm really happy with everything he's done!

      My fourth one I had done when I was visiting my best friend in Kelowna. We spontaneously decided to get matching tattoos, so we went with the first artist that was accepting walk-ins.

      I did a bit more research for my newest tattoo. I went to a few shops and looked through the artist's books, and decided that Dan at Geronimo had the style I was looking for.

      Is there any meaning behind them?  My first tattoo is a sparrow. I got it after a very difficult year of struggling with major depression and anxiety. Sparrows traditionally symbolize freedom, undying love, and fidelity, so I got this as a reminder of the commitment I made to take care of myself.   

      During the hardest years of my depression, I was dishonest so often—mostly lying to convince everyone that I was okay. I got the anatomical heart to symbolize the act of wearing your heart on your sleeve.

      This just serves as a reminder to myself to always be honest, whether it's with other people or yourself, even when it's hard to be. The frame symbolizes the importance of staying true to yourself.

      My favorite and most recent tattoo is the girl on my arm. She is a character from a comic I read about a year ago called Uzumaki that just stood out to me visually. I wanted to combine her character with another artist's work that I admire, who dichotomizes the objects in his sketches and draws the universe in the space between the halves.

      This is the only one of my pieces that doesn't have a deep meaning, which is why I love it so much.

      Who's your favourite local tattoo artist?  I just found Teagan Campbell on Instragram, and I love her work. She does hand-poked tattoos in Victoria and has a really cool, fantastical style I haven't seen before.

      I also like Kate Holley from Moon Tree Tattoos (207 West Hastings Street). Her style is really delicate and beautiful.

      What's next on your ink list?  I'm planning on getting a piece dedicated to a family member in the near future, but I'm still working out the designs. Aside from that, I really want to get a flash tattoo on Halloween this year!

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