I have been looking forward to writing this post for a long time – & it’s finally here!
A little back story-
Six years ago, I got my first tattoo with my sister Adrienne. It was a tiny infinity symbol (something I had always wanted), and I was too scared to get by myself. Thankfully, she agreed to come along and get the same one (read: I’m a huge baby). Fast forward 3 years later, and I got another. My second tattoo is of a crescent moon – moons are clearly my thing. Needless to say, I am still obsessed with both to this day.
About 5 months ago, Lindsay April (an incredible tattoo artist here in Toronto) opened up her bookings and I filled out a form for a floral heart tattoo. I had been thinking about a floral heart for about a year ever since I read one of Rupi Kaur’s poems. Not only did I love this one particular poem, but it was accompanied by a sketch of an anatomical heart with flowers blooming from the top. Lindsay had done some similar work in the past so this was my chance! Luckily – she responded within a few days and I was able to book in an appointment for the beginning of January.
Lindsay is extremely skilled in single needle tattoos – which is why I was so drawn to her in the first place. It was so different from the others I have and thought it would be a great addition to my tiny tattoo family.
So! Appointment day finally arrived & Jackie was able to come with me to share the experience.
We arrived at her new studio, Twin Oaks Tattoo. Across from St. James park, the studio is bright with plants in every corner. The waiting area is decorated with fuzzy pillows on black chairs, a wooden bench and a neon sign on the wall that says “No Ragrets”. Incredible. This sign alone is a reason to come to this place.
Once Lindsay shared her design, we got right to it. The single needle feels so different from the multi-needle. I could barely feel it! It was so delicate & at some points I found myself closing my eyes. The whole experience was lovely (& so was she!) – we chatted about how long she had been tattooing, her favourite types of designs & her new studio space. Jackie even snuck some photos of the process.
After about an hour and a half, we were finally done! I was thrilled. We all were, actually. It turned out better than I could have imagined. Delicate & pretty. The detail of the flowers was unlike anything I had ever seen!
Thank you so much, Lindsay! This was truly a special day.
We got to wear these blue slip-ons courtesy of the studio (my second fave part of the day)
The final product <3