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Detailed Custom Ink by Vince Parsons

An arm tattoo of a skull with a flowerSkull arm

Kelowna-based tattoo artist Vince Parsons creates detailed custom ink for clients at Pharaoh Tattoo Studio. Vince’s tattoo portfolio includes a wide range of subject matter, and the artist’s style is versatile enough to cover everything from realistic black and white portraits to bright, cartoon-inspired designs.


A front torso tattoo of a heart with wings in lineartNeo-Tradittional Heart

Skulls and floral motifs feature prominently in some of the newer works on Vince’s website. I like how the artist’s drawing style sits somewhere between photorealistic and highly graphic. In many works, the subject is rendered with total accuracy, but given a simplified color scheme that adds a wonderful sense of movement and play to the piece. These bright, expressive tattoos were featured in our previous look at Vince’s work.


A screen capture of Vince Parsons' online tattoo galleryVince's tattoo website

One recent example in Vince’s portfolio shows a tattoo cover-up where the artist tattooed a skull and snake over a basic text tattoo. The artist’s expertise really shows in his ability to follow the contours of the cursive text, disguising them in the curves of the skull. 


A progress photo series of a tattoo cover upBlack and grey skull and snake cover-up

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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