The Oringinal Avengers Got Matching Tattoos!

Celebrity friends getting matching tattoos is nothing new. But it’s always nice to see a cast that has worked on multiple movies do it. The OG Avengers just went under the needle and got matching tattoos to celebrate the release of Avengers: Infinity War.


Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) all got matching Avengers tattoos. The sixth original member, Mark Ruffalo that plays Hulk, was asked but apparently declines. Still, five out of six isn’t bad.


The tattoos were done by Joshua Lord of East Side Ink Tattoos. Evans and Johansson were the first to get inked in New York. Lord then flew out to LA to tattoo the rest.


So what exactly did they get tattooed? It’s the Avengers symbol with an arrow and the number six. It’s a pretty fitting design, and hopefully, Ruffalo changes his mind.


Each of them tattooed artist Joshua Lord too. No new on how that turned out, but who can say no to Captain America and Iron Man tattooing them?


If you want a tattoo worthy of a superhero, feel free to contact us to book an appointment, or stop by our downtown Toronto tattoo shop! New ink might not save the world, but it’ll keep you looking good while you enjoy life.


Q&A: Who’s To Blame If A Tattoo Is Misspelled?

Tattoo mistakes are never fun, but unfortunately, they happen. One of the most common errors is spelling mistakes. But who’s at fault when this happens?

Well, it all depends on what stage the error was made at.


Q&A: Who’s At Fault If A Tattoo Is Misspelled- The Village Ink- Toronto Tattoo Shop


When It’s The Artist’s Fault

Artists try to not make mistakes, but they are only human. Typically a client will discuss their tattoo design with the artist, who will then go create a stencil. Once the stencil is approved they’ll place it on the body giving the client an idea of how it will look. Then the tattooing process begins.

Now because clients approve the final design, if the error happens at that stage, even if it’s the artist the misspelled the word, if the client approves it, it’s on them.

So any mistakes made after the tattooing process has begun is the artist’s fault.


Q&A: Who’s At Fault If A Tattoo Is Misspelled- The Village Ink- Toronto Tattoo Shop


What Happens If It’s the Artists’ Fault

The good news is that almost every reputable tattoo shop will make every effort to fix the issue if it’s the artist’s fault. That could mean fixing the original design, doing a cover-up, or refunding the cost of the tattoo. It’s usually decided on a case by case basis. But you can bet the artist will feel horrible and do everything they can to remedy it.



Q&A: Who’s At Fault If A Tattoo Is Misspelled- The Village Ink- Toronto Tattoo Shop


When It’s The Client’s Fault

Somehow it’s even worse when it’s the client’s fault. It’s on them to check the spelling and grammar of the final design. If you approve misspelled words, that’s on you, not the artist.


A lot of times clients come in with a word or a phrase written down and hand it to the artist to reformat it into an appropriate tattoo. Usually, if the artist notices a misspelled word they’ll ask the client, but sometimes they don’t notice or they assume it was intentional to the design.

So basically if the error happens during the design process and was approved by the client (whether they realized it or not) it’s on them.


Q&A: Who’s At Fault If A Tattoo Is Misspelled- The Village Ink- Toronto Tattoo Shop



What Happens If It’s The Client’s Fault

Here’s where it gets tricky. Most tattoo shops want a happy client, so they’ll try to work with them to fix the issue. If it’s an easy fix they might do that for free, but if they can’t it’s even more complicated. The shop may offer a free cover-up or full refund, but since it’s on the client they could only refund part of it or offer only a partial discount on the fix or coverup. Or, they could do nothing.



Q&A: Who’s At Fault If A Tattoo Is Misspelled- The Village Ink- Toronto Tattoo Shop


How To Avoid Misspelled Tattoos

Double and triple check any words or phrases for spelling or grammar mistakes. Running the sentence or words through Google is another great idea too as it will usually catch errors. Or you could show the design to family or friends since a fresh set of eyes is more likely to catch mistakes.



Also, please do research before picking an artist.


Q&A: Who’s At Fault If A Tattoo Is Misspelled- The Village Ink- Toronto Tattoo Shop



To sum it up, if the spelling mistake happens during the design process and is approved by the client then the fault lies with them, but if it happens during the tattooing process and wasn’t on the original approved design it’s on the artist. No matter who’s at fault you can bet the artist and shop will feel bad.

Q&A: Who’s At Fault If A Tattoo Is Misspelled- The Village Ink- Toronto Tattoo Shop



Nail Tattoos 101


Move over cuticle tattoos, this trend is the next evolution of tiny hand tattoos. Nail tattoos are exactly what they sound like, but there’s some more info people should know before getting them. Here’s everything you need to know about nail tattoos, the latest tattoo trend.



Did you know you can actually tattoo your fingernails? Well, you can. Other trends such as cuticle tattoos were on the area just around the nail, but this trend takes place on top of the nail itself.



As painful as it sounds to get your nails tattooed, it’s actually not that bad. Most people who’ve gotten them say they’re pretty painless. That makes sense since your nail doesn’t have any nerves. At most you’ll feel some small fibrations on your fingers.



Small tattoos take more time to complete than people realize. The exact time all depends on how detailed the design is and how many fingers you’re getting done, but the most amount of time goes into the consultation and planning. It should also be noted that these aren’t permanent. As your nails grow out so will the ink. They should last around 6 weeks, but it all depends on your individual nail growth.



Nails are pretty small, so the design has to be too. Most nail tattoos fall into the minimalist style out of sheer necessity. Designs like letters, dots, lines, or simple images like flowers are popular.



This is a fairly new tattoo trend. So new in fact that only a few locations in the world probably do. If you’re looking for a local artist it’s best to find one that has done it before, or who at least has experience doing tiny tattoos. There’s a risk of going too deep which can have serious consequences.




This tattoo trend certainly is crazy, but it’s definitely fun.  If you’d like to learn more or want to book an appointment feel free to contact us or stop by our downtown Toronto tattoo shop.

Q&A: Can You Get A Tattoo If You’re Sick?

Getting sick sucks, and it’s even worse when you can’t stay home with some soup and a box of tissues. But while life must go on, there are still some things you can’t do when you’re sick. Like, getting a tattoo.

We get asked all the time if people can get tattooed while fighting a cold, a cough, or even the flu. The answer is a solid NO. This is why it’s a bad idea.


Immune System

When you’re sick your body isn’t at 100% and getting a tattoo puts a strain on your body. A new tattoo is no different from any other wound to your body, so it works to heal the area. If your sick, your body is already working to fight that so trying to heal a tattoo at the same time could push it too hard. Basically, your immune system can’t fight off a virus/bacteria and heal your tattoo at the same time.


Healing Time

Simply put, if your body is fighting a battle on two fronts it can’t be as effective. It also can’t do it as fast as normal. This means that your tattoo won’t heal as quickly. The longer a wound is open the greater chance of infection there is.


Spreading Germs

No one likes that person that gets everyone sick. Your tattoo artist has to get pretty close to you, so if your sick chances are you’ll get them sick too. So do everyone a favor and just reschedule your appointment if you’re not feeling well.


Sitting Still

People often forget this, but you have to sit pretty still when getting tattooed otherwise you could cause your artist to make a mistake. You know what causes your body to move a lot? Being sick. Think about how much your body moves when you cough or sneeze.


Aftercare Time

Being sick doesn’t just complicate the actual tattooing process, but it also impacts your ability to care for it afterward. A fresh tattoo needs care, and if you don’t follow proper aftercare you increase your chances of infection or ruining your tattoo. Are you really going to feel like running out to get tattoo cream when you can barely breathe out of your stuffed nose? Are you really going to want to wash your new ink when you have a fever? Make aftercare easier for yourself by just waiting until you’re better to get inked.



So what if you’re feeling better but are still on medications? We recommend you still stay at home and reschedule. Even if you’re feeling better, taking medication means your body still isn’t at it’s best. Your body is still running hard, even if you no longer feel the symptoms of the sickness. Plus, certain medications can aggravate the healing process. If you’re on medications for reasons other than small illnesses, contact your doctor and get their advice regarding tattoos. Be sure to also discuss any medication you’re taking or any long-term medical conditions you have with your tattoo artists.



It sucks having to put off a new tattoo, especially if you’ve been looking forward to it. But do everyone a favor, including us and you, and just rebook your appointment. It’s important that you’re at your best so that your tattoo turns out perfect.Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need to reschedule your booking.





The Differences Between Dermal, Surface, and Regular Piercings

There are tons of different piercings, which unfortunately means people sometimes get confused about the differences between them. Piercings can differ based on location, jewelry type, and how it’s inserted into the body.

When it comes to piercings there are three ways it can be done: regular, dermal, and surface. Here are the differences between them.


Regular Piercings

Regular piercings are what most people are familiar with. It’s when the skin is piercer all the way through. Think of a basic earlobe piercing. That’s an example of a regular piercing. The needle goes in one side of the skin and comes out on the other side. Regular piercings are the easiest to do, the cheapest, and heal the quickest.


Cost: Regular piercings are the cheapest. Most of the cost goes towards jewelry.

Heal Time: It depends on the location of the body. Lip and earlobe piercings heal faster than areas that have more cartilage like the upper ear and nose.

Jewelry: Studs, rings, and barbells can all be used for regular piercings. Some jewelry works in certain locations on the body better than others.


Dermal Piercings

Dermal piercings are more complicated than regular ones, and they are composed of two parts, the piercing, and the anchor. A small pouch is made under the skin where the anchor is then placed. The chosen jewelry is then pierced through only one side of the skin and attached to the anchor.


Dermal piercings are super versatile and can be put almost anywhere on the body. Some people find their body rejects them and notice their piercing coming to the surface of their skin. That’s rare though so don’t be too worried about it. Dermal piercings do hurt a little more, depending on where they’re placed, and they require more skill than regular piercings. It can also take longer for them to heal.


Cost: Dermal piercings are more expensive as they require more skill, special equipment, and specific jewelry.

Heal Time: This type of piercing usually takes 6-12 weeks to heal fully, though it could be longer depending on the individual.

Jewelry: Specialized jewelry is needed for dermal piercings. Jewelry is typically a stud shape.



Surface Piercings

Surface piercings involve two holes, with the jewelry running under the skin and coming out of the ends. Most surface piercings use bar type jewelry to achieve this look. The issue with surface piercings is that they put strain on your skin. Most people’s bodies end up rejecting the piercing, meaning they don’t last forever.


There are a few limitations to surface piercings. They don’t do well on flat surfaces on the body, which means they can’t be put anywhere. They tend to take awhile to heal too, longer than dermal or regular ones.


Cost: Surface piercings cost more than regular ones, but not as much as dermal. They don’t last forever though so think carefully about if you want one.

Heal Time: Surface piercings usually take at least 3 months of healing before jewelry can even be changed, and need longer to be fully healed.

Jewelry: Barbell jewelry is typically used for surface piercings.



If you still have questions about the differences between piercings, feel free to contact us or stop by our tattoo shop. It’s important that everyone knows exactly what type of piercing they’re getting and everything that comes with getting it. Make sure to pick a professional piercer that has experience in the type of piercing you want to get. More skill and experience is needed to have a good dermal or surface piercing.

5 Spots On The Body Where Tattoos Are More Likely To Fade

Tattoos are permanent, but that doesn’t mean they’ll stay looking good forever. Every tattoo fades, but how much it does depend on how much you protect it, your lifestyle, and where on the body it’s located. Some locations, unfortunately, fade faster than others, so if you want your tattoo to stay looking fresh and avoid going in for retouches, avoid these 5 spots.


Your hands are used every single day, for almost everything. They take a lot of wear, which unfortunately means your tattoo will too. Not only are your hands exposed to the sun a lot, the skin on there also doesn’t take ink well which leads to blurring and fading. Little finger tats may be trendy, but they won’t stay Instagramable forever.


Like hands, feet take a lot of wear too. Ink here is more susceptible to fading because of constantly rubbing from socks and shoes. Barefoot would help, but then your feet would be exposed to sunlight which also causes fading so no matter what expect your foot tat to fade more quickly than other places.


Not only do elbow tattoos hurt, but they also fade pretty easily. Outer elbow tattoos especially. The skin there is constantly being bent and rubbed up against, plus it’s usually exposed to the elements.


Arms generally get more sunlight than other parts of the body. Most people expose their arms during the warmer months, but this sun exposure and UV rays lead to fading. Inner arms aren’t any better because they’re constantly being rubbed up against your body or clothing.


Although face tattoos are a little taboo still, the rising popularity of cosmetic tattoos (such as eyebrow microblading) means more people are getting inked there. Just know that your face gets a lot of sun exposure, which causes fading. If you have a face tattoo, permanent or semi-permanent, use a face moisturizer with some SPF in it to limit fading.

Places That Fade The Least

The good news is that not every spot on the body fades as much or as quickly. Of course, it all depends on what areas of the body get exposed to the elements and rubbed up against the most, but these areas generally fade less.

  • Inner Forearm
  • Upper Chest
  • Back of Neck
  • Lower Back


Fading is something that will happen to every tattoo, no matter how well you take care of it. How much it fades though depends on your body, your lifestyle, how much sunlight it gets, and where on the body it is located. You can decrease fading by keeping the tattoo moisturized, protected from the sun (by clothing and sunscreen), and avoid tight clothing that would rub against it.

At the end of the day though, don’t stress too much about fading. Tattoo artists can always go in and add more ink to freshen it up later on. Take care of yourself and enjoy your tattoo! If you want to learn more feel free to contact us or book an appointment.

The Meaning Behind PM Justin Trudeau’s Tattoo

Justin Trudeau is a lot of things- the Prime Minister of Canada, the most attractive world leader, and someone with a tattoo. Society is more accepting of tattoos today, but for a politician, and one as high up as Trudeau, sporting ink openly is daring. It was a shocker when Trudeau showed off his massive upper arm tattoo, and it left people wondering what the meaning behind it was, and well now we know.


Tattoo Design

Trudeau’s tattoo is actually two separate ones blended together. He got a globe when he was 23 years old. When he turned 40, he added a Haida raven onto it completing the ink.



While we might never know why 23-year-old Trudeau got a globe, it turned out to be a smart choice considering he’s one of the most powerful world leaders. The raven element has more meaning. The Haida are natives of the Haida Gwaii territory in BC and Alaska and are one of Canada’s First Nations tribes. People believe Trudeau got the tattoo to honor his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who was declared an honorary member of the Haida tribe in 1976.



What Justin Trudeau’s tattoo shows us is that one, yes, even politicians can have tattoos and two, maybe think about whether or not you should get a cultural tattoo. Think about how much fun we make of all those people with bad Chinese symbols on their body.


If you want to book an appointment feel free to contact our downtown Toronto tattoo shop!