Kim Sirrs is a
painter and tattoo artist
BC, Canada. She works
by appointment only
in her private studio. (More...)
was born in Sault St.Marie Ontario in 1969 and attended the Ontario
College of Art (Toronto, Canada), where I did a four year program of
fine arts, drawing and painting. I was lucky enough to study in
Florence, Italy for my third year, specializing in the Renaissance Era,
and focusing on painting.
After graduation I moved out to Vancouver,B.C. and in 1996 I
found a way to merge my life studies in
art with making a living. I began an "old-school" apprenticeship
(non-paying) at a street shop on Hastings street called ''The Devil's
Den'', and it was there that tattooing became revealed to me by earning
each and every tidbit of knowledge.
Tattooing demands so much dedication to learn, which is one of the
things that lured me into the field.
Learning to tattoo well did not come easily, and it continues
to reveal itself to me on a daily basis. Tattooing has allowed me to
travel and I spent a year working in San Francisco, and seven years on
Vancouver Island (mainly Nanaimo and Victoria).
The type of tattooing that I enjoy doing is varied and I try
to be versatile in most styles. Tribal tattooing, for me, instills
primitive rooted connection to nature and culture. I really relate and
appreciate its simple graphic power and ability to accentuate the human
form. I also love totem and animal tattoos because
when we tattoo them on the body we harness some of that energy.
I guess you could say that both my tattoos and my paintings
have the same purpose, which is to enhance people's
connectiveness to nature.
I enjoy myth, magic, legend and
storytelling in all of my forms of art. Not all of my tattoos have
these elements, but what makes me happiest is to try to exceed the
expectations of my clients.
How much will it cost?
The shop rate is $100 per hour, which is pro-rated for chunks of hours in longer sessions. (That means that 1-3/4 hours will cost $175, not $200.) There is a an $80 minimum charge for a tattoo session.
- There's an $80 deposit to make an appointment. This can be paid in cash or by email (bank money transfer)
- I require a minimum 48 hours notice for all cancellations. There's an $80 fee for missed appointments or late cancellations.
- certificate of training for sterilization practices
for the body modification industry completed in 2000 and 2007
bloodbourne pathogens and principles of infection control by Health
educators inc. in 2007