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Are Tattoo Artists Injustly Affected By Covid 19? We Ask One To Find Out

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What About The Tattoo Artists?

If you have a business, it’s safe to say that you may have been affected by Coronavirus somehow and to me tattoo artists got it worst than almost everybody. While the government has drawn the line about what is an essential service or not, there are entrepreneurs all over Quebec who decided to not let this be the end

all be all and actually raise questions about how this pandemic is affecting small businesses all over the globe.

Read More: Here’s What I’ve Learned About Myself Since The Coronavirus Crisis Started

We spoke with the legendary David Z. James, a tattoo artist who made a name for himself for nearly 3 decades by pushing the limits of the tattoo industry. From tattooing 28 000 feet above ground (breaking a Canadian record in the process) to putting together tattoo conventions with artists from all across the world. It’s safe to say that most like his art, it’s a permanent thing between him and the tattoo world.

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In the interview, we ask David how he thinks brick and mortar businesses and the tattoo world is going to rise again from the pandemic and as expected he gave us an unfiltered/raw trip into his creative mind.

Where do you find inspiration for your art?

I love a lot of styles, forms of  arts like graffiti to old school painters, tattooers and entrepreneurs .

My bests are : Le Caravage, Salvatore Dali, HR Giger,Tintin, Filip leu, Richie Bulldog, Guy Laliberté, Horiyoshi3, Devildriver, Mister Cartoon, Estevan Oriol, Norm,Trigz, LA Originals, Dany Diablo, Sane2, Imago Tattoo’s Safwan, my wife my baby girl, my 2 boys, family histories and many, many more. All the originals ones

You started in 1991, what keeps you motivated these days?

Tattooing, arts and living my life with my partners, friends and family around the world.

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How did you came up with the idea for your record of tattooing a TV personality 28 000 feet above the air?

it s a Felipe Del Pozo Idea, just ask him! More seriously, he wanted to produce a spectacular event to help the cause of young people in difficulty from Montreal’s Dans la rue de Montréal and Québec’s Au Trait d’union. In the United States, Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee and Justin Bieber were tattooed 40,000 feet in the air! We managed 28,000 feet above the air  the first time on a Chrono Aviation plane. With Felipe, we are developing a new idea to beat the world record!

Even though there’s competition, you seem to care about bringing artists together through events and projects. Why is it so important to you?

‍Because i’m a real original one they said.  30 years of tattooing around the world. I’ve met a lot of people during my trips and they gave me that “tattoo essence“, the real fire. So since, I try, over those years to re-give all that knowledge and power to the young artists from the streets and ghettos :

real ones, our kids, our futur. TTWO our future foundation.

How do you separate the artist from the businessman

‍After all these years, I can say I m both of them now and i’ll never separate again the artist from the businessman . A big brother showed me the best way to do it so now I do everything ALL by myself  with the James  family which is a  really good team. it’s  a family business.

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What do you think about copycats?

‍Fuck that shit..next!

What is the wildest tattoo you’ve ever had to make?

‍I did a hair tattoo on François Sagat in the early 2000’s. One shot, all black, five hours to did it. He’s a true warrior and a legend.

What are your 3 keys to success?

‍Working ..Working …Respect.

The tattoo industry got hit severely by Covid-19. Do you think tattoo artists should open brick-and-mortars in the future?

‍We will see. I can’t answer  because I’m not a Gypsy. Let’s go back to work together, 2021 will be better.

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What is the most challenging aspect of the pandemic for tattoo artists?

‍Society…

In your open letter, you talk about the fact that tattoo artists already had sanity guidelines to follow that are quite similar to hospitals. Do you think it was fair to be put on lockdown and how tattoo artists will adapt in the future?

‍For sure, we’ve  lockdown our shops on Friday 13/03/2020 to assure our safety as required by the government and like all other Canadians we’ve been waiting since.

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Now we will l continue all the good work we started 30 years ago and keep our community on top. Tattoo is The ”10ième art ” for us .#fuckcovid19

On the business side, how can a company with a physical location can plan and survive to a lockdown in your opinion?

You know i m a self made man. This Time it will be really hard for every Canadian. While 9-11 was happening, I was Working on a project  in New York when the twin towers fell. It was a war zone and we’ve won and we’ve adapted . We must adapt to a  new way of life in 2020.

Some viruses are more vicious than terrorism, like the black plague in Marseille France. Over 85 % of the population died in just a month . All this to say that we must remember, learn  and we must protect our families.

Is there any project you’re working on once the lockdown is over?

A lot, we are booked in many new projects with my hermano Felipe del Pozo like a new campaign Tous Encrés in collaboration with many stars and friends from all around the globe. We have a world tour coming as soon as we can fly again, with 13 dates.

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A family road trip ,.an original series is on the way. We’re going to Paris ,Moscow ,Los Angeles Miami ,NY,  Montreal, a real inside view of our crazy family  but not a reality tv show.  TTWO the Original Series  is our trademark and brand.

We also have Ink’n’Road 3 Montreal edition coming . We will Keep on tattooing and living a good life.

 

To celebrate the opening of his tattoo in the province, David Z. James is doing an exclusive tattoo session on IG LIVE via the Cyns Tattoo Barber Shop instagram account on June 1st at midnight

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Lobster Season Has Arrived And The Homard Gaspésien Is Still The Best You Can Find On The Planet

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The Homard Gaspésien Is What Your Plate Been Missing

2 weeks ago our good people at L’association Des Pêcheurs De Gaspésie sent us the email we’ve been waiting for all year long: The Homard Gaspésien Is Back!

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Not only that but for this season, we were blessed not only with 1 but 2 dozens of lobsters from the region. I know what you’re thinking right now? Why would one person do with all those lobsters?

I will answer this question in a bit but while I have your attention, let me tell you all that I’ve learned about the Homard Gaspésien.

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First, this is probably one of the few lobsters in the world that you can trace where it was fished at.

Indeed, they add a little tag to their claw that traces the lobsters from Gaspésie to your home so by then you know the authenticity of lobsters at all time.

Gaspésie is also one of the main resource provider in Canada when it comes to lobsters and all kind of seafood. (and yes my taste buds do appreciate the fishermen that went out and got them).

Back to the business. Once I got the email, I felt the need to do something special this year. I wanted something challenging and something where I could share my love for those lobsters.

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Then I thought about my good people at Never Was Average and how they usually go about things. They bring people together in a meaningful way.

That’s when ”Meeting Of The Minds” came to me. I like to conversate with my fellow creatives, exchange ideas and compliment them on their artistry.

With the help of Never Was Average we were able to thank those same creatives for their contributions with a special dinner over lobsters and bubbles. Sophia Traiteurs Cathering came through with her magic touch and prepared us a seafood bowl in cajun style.

Since we like to give our audience a glimpse into our creative process, we made it a point to document this entire experience. Those moments that were shared and lived got captured and frozen in time by our collaborator Carl Apollo.

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This experience reminded me of two things: We should always take the time to build and celebrate each other more and of course doing it over lobsters is a plus.

As the lobster season is closing on us. Treat yourself and grab your loved ones for an experience you won’t regret.

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Renzel Dashington Creates The Line Between Social Commentary & Comedy And We Love It!

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Renzel Dashington’s Rise In The Comedy World Is A True Testament Of How Thunder Can Strike Twice

Renzel Dashington to me is a case study in itself when you really think about it. Most men get to be recognized for one specific claim to fame if ever. If you’re lucky enough, you go on to transition in something else in your field and for the most part that’s it.

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Renzel did the unheard, unseen, unbelievable and unorthodox all at the same time. First of all, he started off as a manager for arguably the most iconic and successful black singer this city has ever seen: Corneille.

I know some naysayers might hit me with ”Ouais mais Seul Au Monde was a long a time ago?!”. Technically yes but just like Michael Jordan. Some guys have accomplished things that have never been replicated since and therefore you have to respect it.

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That’s where it gets interesting if you ask me. Usually the typical story arch for the manager is this: he gets his or her client to the promise land, they get rich and then usually the artist severs ties due to ”creative differences” or simply for trying something new.

After 20 years of career, a major twist came In Renzel Dashington‘s story. The manager became yet again a sort of manager since he was more behind the scenes when he first founded Bad Boys Du Rire. It was a movement, it told the comedy scene in Quebec that black and brown people had something to say too.

In The process, Bad Boys Du Rire went on to sell over 20 000 tickets, 200 shows and 10 000 minutes were spent on stage by artists that the market initially rejected. I respect people who are able to spot those gaps and make the most out it.

Then a global pandemic hits and something made the artist in him come out of its shell once and for all!

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Maybe that’s why in the midst of George Flloyd’s death and the BLM movement, Renzel’s offering was different and needed. On one hand he would let you know what’s going on in society and on the other he would crack jokes about racism, racists, Covid measures and all those different things that were still sensitive and too serious at the time.

It was a relief from your day to day. You knew he would talk about it, make fun of it and you would have a good time. Renzel Dashington was transparent, honest, held no punches and even sparked some interesting debates or rivalry like whatever he got going on with Richard Martineau and Sophie Durocher these days.

Nonetheless it was only right that the comedian give us an official outlet to experiment live his new format that he introduced us to. His one man show ”Yo Les Bailles Sont F*cked Up” is exactly that.

Renzel being Renzel joking on stage about things, topics and people Renzel and the rest of world actually care about. Following the good response he had in Europe with 27 shows back to back shows in 14 days from his material, it was only right that we get some hometown love.

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Taking place May 26th at Ausgang Plaza, the one man show is a must if you’re truly a fan of stand up comedy that tackles the real, the crazy, the good, the bad and of course the fucked up.

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Patrice Bernier Is Playing Soccer With Your Favorite Celebs For A Good Cause This Weekend

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Patrice Bernier Et Ses Ami.e.s” Is Where Sports & Entertainment Collide To Change The World!

Patrice Bernier is a lot of things in life: a soccer legend, an entrepreneur, a TV personality, a dad and now over the years we have to look at him as a philanthropist. ”Patrice Bernier Et Ses Ami.e.s” became the outlet of this facet of the renowned athlete.

Sports historically bring people together. You join a team, build a bond through winning or losing and most of all it’s all about making sure every team member brings something to the game.

Organized in partnership with event planner extraordinaire Alex Kénol and Geak. The celebration is meant for everybody to enjoy and pay it forward.

With that in mind, Patrice is bringing together people from different parts of the world.

Different fields, different backgrounds, ideologies and all for two common goals : having a good time and changing the world while doing so.

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Personalities and celebrities like Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Maika Desnoyers, Sébastien Benoit, Andy Mailly-Pressoir, Kevin Raphaël, Hassoun Camara et Anne-Lovely Etienne.

Also your local favorites such as Ludivine Reding, Étienne Boulay, Adamo, Jean-Thomas Jobin, Preach, Maxim Lapierre, Stevens (OD) &  Tai Tl.

Open to the public. On April 24th, it’s your chance to play soccer for a good cause as the proceeds are going to Fondation Patrice Bernier.

Get your tickets here and come enjoy a day of fun, laughter and see if your ”stop and go” is still on point! 

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