How to Truly Honour Your Tattoo Artist

How to Truly Honour Your Tattoo Artist

Tattoos have been around for thousands as ritual and ceremony.  Even cavemen sported these on their skin.  Ancient Egyptians, Inuits, Samoans, Tahitians, Japanese, medicine men in Thailand, the list goes on and on.  These were done the greatest respect, dignity. They really knew how to Truly Honor Your Tattoo Artist


When tattoos showed up in North America the sailors brought these techniques.  Edision invented an engraving machine that was then used as the first tattoo machine.  Soon the drunks and then the bikers infiltrated the industry and brought a darker meaning and idea with it, though the Japanese looked at it as criminal element for quite a long and segregation happened in that community which still exists there, in Korea and parts of China.

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Many darker elements and Societies have been born of the North American culture of tattooing.  Where the darkness grows, the light shows.  So now that humanity has moved from the end of the dark ages at the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, now we move into the age of Aquarius, or better known as the age of awakening.  We are learning how to let go of the control structures of the rulers and bringing back in our own personal sovereignty.  The indigenous peoples have always known how to live in harmony with each other and the land, and their animal relatives.  European influence changed all that in North American culture.   Many people are moving back into the ways of our ancestors.  It is a good way to live.  As more and more people wake up to their highest calling and purpose in this life, we are all seeing a mass exodus from selfish living to a life devoted servitude.  A gratitude is emerging in a big as this spirit and consciousness sweeps through now.

In the middle of the wilderness at an Earthship build with the Sun powering the machine directly through the solar panels, I tattooed on the Earthship biotechture logo in sacred ceremony.  This event 11 years ago launched the birthing of the “Intentional Tattoo”  28 people sat in a sacred healing circle for this event.

In tattoo culture we are witnessing the same thing as more and more tattoo artists are waking up to their spiritual purpose and applying it to their craft.  Myself personally grew up in the old violent, drug infused tattoo studios of old.  Along the way I witnessed the environments gradually become more mainstream, bikers losing their control over who can open studios, and now there is a more mainstream approach, with a sudden surgence of these studios where spirituality is the more important focus of the craft.  I see these as tattoo medicine people.  This is bringing back the ancient sacred ways.   Golden Spirit tattoo in Vancouver is a great example of this.  Katia Sommerville of Vancouver is another great example.  Joe Nillo in Nelson has recently opened a Sacred Art Temple that offers ceremony, tattoo and fine art and has asked me to work there as we have alignment.  When I opened my last tattoo studio in Calgary, I wanted to offer a next level experience with that temple/sanctuary environment.  It was very favourably received in Calgary as the collective consciousness is ready for it.  We as humans are creating our environments through the way we speak.  

Rebecca Ruth of Lovemedicine gives this great hypothesis:  “When North America with influx of European invasion, the ways of natural world of living in harmony with our Earth and its inhabitants turned into industry and life became a construct of incorporation, then there may have a part of humans that resisted and needed to be part of something else, to be belonging to a rebellious group that went more into a darker way of being to rebel against the construct either consciously or unconsciously.”

So this next level experience is something that needs be honoured with ones tattoo artist.  Things like asking for a deal is a way to turn the process sour in a hurry.  To honour the artist an example would be to say:

“I don’t see myself being able to pay for this fully in cash, is their a way I could pay for this in trade like gifting you this car in good faith as a downpayment on the tattoo”.

This is a vulnerable honouring.  This creates great rapport with your artist.  A great way How to Truly Honour Your Tattoo Artist

To not show up for an appointment is a great way to disrespect your artist.  I have had a policy that you do not show for an appointment that not only will you pay fully for the time slot you missed, you will also pay for all the rest of the appointments in advance.  “Tattooing’s original purpose was to create a spiritual experience or a right of passage”.  I have dedicated my career in tattooing to bring this purpose back to modern day times.  Check out this article on Tattoo Medicine.

In my private studio where my deepest transformative work in a very sacred space this is where we go into ceremony and the subconscious mind through guided visualizations, prayer, sacred medicines, combined with NLP, Hypno-therapy and Transpersonal Psychology Counselling which have all combined into a deep transformational, experiential process called the Intentional Tattoo

In this space, it considered the most sacred.  This can be where great vulnerabilities come through and everything that happens in this is confidential.  These type of interactions can not be done in public as at times high emotions and personal subject matters are being worked on.  This space is also utilized for our counselling offerings at  These types of processes and ceremonies cannot be done in public spaces like tattoo shops, and the vibrational frequencies of a typical tattoo studio is not conducive for those type of work.  Therefore I have created a sanctuary for people where they can process and transform in a safe place.  The people who are attracted to come here are not the mainstream but people know How to Truly Honour Your Tattoo Artist

My trainings have gone tattooing and into ritual, ceremonies, first nations teaching, healing circles, spending most of my time around elders who teach how to have respect.  While I still lots to learn, I have dedicated my life to the Red Road (The first nations of Turtle Island (North America)). These elders  teach me how to honour and respect the life givers our women who are very blessed by Creator with a connection to the land and the spirit realm that we men weren’t built for.  I’ve been taught that as a Sundancer, I am last.  Elders first, women next, children, then I am last.  I am a humble servant for the people.  This is my place in life.  What an honour it is to serve.  To serve is also to school others when they are out of alignment with kind gentle words.  My inner divine feminine teach me this gentleness.  I do my best to strive to see everyone as innocent and I follow the presupposition of NLP that states: Behind every action is a positive intention When I look past the behaviour I can see the positive intention in what that person is trying to demonstrate from a subconscious level.  This gives an opportunity to bring ease and grace into unconscious behaviours that can cause resistance in the flow, allow flow to continue.

The preceding video shows some of the practices I use to create the subconscious work prior top the tattoo experience called the Intentional Tattoo.

I have published an article to specifically the exact type of tattoo I would like to see in the chair here: billionaire-consciousness

It is rumoured though not proven, that the Japanese Yakusa treat their Irezumi bodysuits with greatest respect and honour.  They must show up for all their appointments or suffer sever consequences.  If they become indebted to their artist, they sign a prenuptial type of agreement that while in the indebted state, should they die, they will their tattoos to their artist and their “hide” is removed from them and hung on display.  Many of these are donated.  See these here: Tattooed skin museum.  The point is this that for eons the process of tattooing was highly revered process that was considered the highest of respect and and  appreciation and often done in the sacred of ceremonies.  The minimum price of a fine art painting by a resectable artist is around 10,000.00.  Why wouldn’t someone want to carry their fine art with them, be able to see it all times for the same price? (Price of great sleeve with a great artist). What is there to complain about in that?  Nothing but great rewards the way I see it.  My speciality is Irezumi style body suits.  I am a macro artist who’s tattoos have won awards, but the advantage with me is I won’t take your hide. (Unless you ask. wink). These Yakusa knew How to Truly Honour Your Tattoo Artist
So the purpose of this article is to give you some insights into what respect in the culture of Tattoo Medicine looks like.  This spiritual approach to tattooing is the new way of tattooing and this the shift.  Shift happens, and its here now so lets all band together to see our Medicine people looked after in good ways for their sacred offerings rather than taking from them which robs everyone.  To demonstrate a few way How to Truly Honour Your Tattoo Artist

Thank you for taking the time to read this bit and to honour yourself by educating yourself on the proper protocols around the rapidly emerging Spiritual Tattoo Industry.


Now I need to go draw a tattoo for a wise Medicine Man.

Many blessings to you on your path,

Vince Wishart NLP, SIIA

Intentional Tattoo Facilitator,

Life coach, Co-founder of