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Sweet Siren: The Tattoo Portfolio of Erin Burge

A tattoo of a steam train

Erin Burge is a tattoo artist based in Kelowna, BC. Working out of Sweet Siren tattoo studio, the artist produces works primarily in a black and grey, realistic style. Erin has been tattooing for over a decade, working first as a guest in Australia before opening her own studio. 

A floral tattoo with an Om symbol

It’s really interesting to take an up-close work at Erin’s tattoos to see the kinds of techniques that the artist uses. In full figurative sleeves, featuring not only faces but architectural and sculptural details, the artist does a great job of creating depth and volume using a combination of smooth gradient shading and bright white highlights. 

A screen capture of the front page of Erin Burge's art

It’s always impressive to see photorealistic tattoo portraiture that truly captures the detail and expressions of the subjects. Erin’s portfolio encompasses both celebrity portraiture and clients’ family and friends, and the artist achieves each portrait with an eye for detail and a careful, steady hand.

A tattoo of a tree and pinecones in black and white ink

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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