Monthly Archives: December 2011

First Time Tattoo: Kanji at Porn Conference

'Lazy' Kanjy

I was always thinking that tattoos are just something that people do to look like bad asses. Never thought it would mean something totally different.

While living in Athens I started dating a Canadian chick that was full of tattoos. After a while she explained me why she had all these tattoos and what they meant to her.  Soon enough I starting feeling the craving to get a personal tattoo also.   I just wanted to get one. I thought it could all be summed up into one tattoo.

One weekend she took me to the 1st Athens Adult Expo.  Didn’t really know what went on there but in Athens this was a big deal being that the country is so Orthodox Greek.  It was crazy and while my chickie was upstairs drinking and watching the ‘live’ show, I snuck down to the tattoo kiosk and browsed through the flash books.  I had a few too many drinks, the tattoos were cheap and with the help of a skinny blond in just a g-string and see-thru top, I chose my first tattoo.  The result was a kanjy that means LAZY. A word that used to represent me  a lot.  What can I say – it wasn’t big or tough but it said it all.

I bet lots of you out there have an embarrassing tattoo story!

TattCafe Member ID:  saio13, Vancouver, BC

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Find Your Honey for the Holidays at – Yummy!

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Big John Bates: My First Tattoo’s

I’m Big John Bates & I got my first ink in 1984 when I was in Annihilator – the bassist and I got inked in a basement apartment in Val D’Or, QC on a dare – needles thru a Bic pen and some kind of toy motor. It was a rose that looked more like a palm tree with an initial in it. That got covered by the “moon is made of green cheese” piece on my right arm at Isis in Montreal in the late 80’s. I keep adding to both arms (I guess you’d call them half-sleeves) while on tour in Europe and North America. As you can see I mainly go for a style that is part traditional and part cartoon with all of the images linked to my life or philosophies.

The images are mainly original, under the moon on my right arm there’s a skeleton rocker playing a Gretsch – an alteration from the cover of Rockabilly Psychosis and the Garage Disease album. The desert island, waves, tiki, bottles and erupting volcano around the guitarist are all about my personality and were done in Wilhelmshaven, Germany by a guy who didn’t speak a word of English – just German and Russian. We had a hell of a time communicating it all to him but he did exactly what I wanted.

Anyway the rocker himself was done by Isis in Montreal, as was the gothabilly girl, on my left arm. She came from Ottawa, a strange story too long to tell. The frame around her was done in Munster, Germany around 2003 and the spider-webbing inside was by Bryan Glatiotis at Dark Day in Vancouver (Main & 30th). Bryan is a close friend of mine and he’s working on my next piece – a ship made out of a stone castle for my right forearm. He also completed the compass rose on the inside of my right wrist (to keep me going in the right direction and because I live on the ocean). It was initially done in brown ink in Hamburg but it was shite so Bryan fixed the wreck in black. Brandy has the matching tattoo on her left wrist.


Everyone in Vancouver, BC, Canada – Catch Big John Bates playing Friday, December 23rd Big John Bates with guest DB Buxton

Doors at 8:00pm / Tickets $13.00 (+ service charges) in advance at Champion Jack’s, The Biltmore, Red Cat, Zulu

Tickets online at:


C: (604) 729-4161
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Big John Bates is proud to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society!
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Port Side Tattoo Collects Tons of Toys!

Stephanie Hutchings - Co-Owner Port Side

Big V and I stopped in at Port Side Tattoo (Vancouver, BC) mid-afternoon on Saturday to check out the Toys for Tatts event.  As you can see the hall is already lined with donations!  The waiting area was packed tight with some overflow outside smoking in the chill.  The shop air was filled with the buzzing of tattoo guns.  The artists had designed a series of small tattoos for keeners to choose from:

Flash for the Day

Fantastic event from concept to execution.  Kudo’s to everyone who came down and supporter the crew at Port Side Tattoo and a super big pat on the back for tireless Stephanie! (Hopefully she recovers soon to give us some details on how many tatt’s and toys were received during this tattoo marathon…)

Best wishes,

Kits Kitty on the Scene

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Port Side Tattoo Collective – TOYS 4 TATTS – Dec. 17th

Help give the kids of the Lower Mainland (BC, Canada) a gift for Christmas and get a permanent keepsake!

The crew of Port Side Tattoo Collective at 1685 Davie Street in the West End will be donating their time and talent on Saturday December 17th for a fun toy drive in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

They are offering tattoos in exchange for toy donations for kids in need. They’re asking  folks to bring in unwrapped toys of at least $40 in total value accompanied with a receipt. In exchange you will be able to choose from over 100 tattoo designs, many created specifically for this occasion, and have it tattooed by one of the Port Side artists.

Doors will be open at noon and Nick Wasko, Geoff McCann, Pat Berube, and Trish Bevz will be tattooing on a first come first serve basis until they completely run out of steam.

It is recommended for gift bearers to make their way to the shop as early as possible to get on the list in order to avoid disappointment!


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Xmas Theme Tattoo’s – Oh Christmas Tree!

I am so not a Xmas person but could not resist the gorgeous-ness of this Christmas Tree tattoo.  Vibrant, whimsical, magical.  Hats off to the artist and to the owner who really wants it to be Christmas everyday!

(Photos 2008)

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Christmas Lights, Tattoos, Twitter – YouTube

It’s a little after 7am and it is still dark outside.  Dog and cats are sleeping.  Hhhmmm, what to do?  YouTube!  I have seen enough funny cat videos so I pop in ‘christmas, tattoos’ and found this nugget of a video featuring some young(?) chap in the UK.  Love his hair!

Spent three hours in a mini-van with a couple of health care professionals this weekend.  One knew about my tattoos, the other did not.  Conversation swerves to ‘my daughter wants to get a tattoo on her wrist what do I do as I have a butterfly on my ass cheek, that now looks like a condor’.

The daughter is only 17 years old so I advised Daddy to make her wait until she was out of school and figuring out where she was going for the next few years.  It may not be in a city that is so tatt friendly as Vancouver. I know from experience that traveling or working in other countries in difficult enough as it is without throwing in scorn and dealing with people who give you ‘the look’.  Some days you just don’t feel like educating the world, and that is alright.

I have also had some great dates that were cut short by a glimpse of the tattoos.  The glimpse led to the story behind the ink, which led to a polite good night.  Wish there was back then!

Best of the morning to you,

Kitsilano Kitty


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