Tattoos Meet Cocktails in historic Gastown brings two artistic worlds together for an interactive evening

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      For those whose all-time idols include Norman Keith Collins, Sailor Jerry, and the ghost of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, it sounds like the world’s greatest dream come true. Inked hands and rum bottles up if you couldn’t be more excited about an evening that features drinks and live tattooing in Vancouver’s historic Gastown.

      Tattoos Meet Cocktails will see mixologists and tattooists set up at Le Papillon Studio at 369 Carrall Street. Kicking off with a short documentary on the night’s ink artists, the event is to feature four stations where attendees can sip forward-thinking cocktails while watching folks get tattooed in front of them.

      Drinks will reflect the work that night of four Le Papillon Studio tattooists: Gale, Marine, Shae, and Louis Tibo. Co-hosting the night is Cocktail Connoisseur, the Vancouver-based “ghost bar” that’s building a reputation for outside-the-box pop-up events. Mixologists Jean Laven and Kam Tabarraee will create four molecular cocktails inspired by the stories and stylistic approaches of each of the artists.

      Le Papillon bills itself as a space designed to provide a “platform that supports our family of creatives in their path and showing the community around us our perspective on tattooing and art in general.”

      Tattoos Meet Cocktails will have two May 21 sessions, one of them at 5 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. Go here for more info.

      Be forewarned that it’s highly unlikely that any tattoos will end up bringing to the mind the work of Norman Keith Collins. And that it’s equally improbable that the cocktails in question will be built around Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.

      Finally, given that the folks teaming up for Tattoos Meet Cocktails are noted for having good taste, expect this.... opposed to this. Which Sailor Jerry would no doubt find hysterically funny, once he got over his screaming disdain.