Meet the people behind
Toronto Ink Tattoos Artists
Master Tattoo Artist, Mark Prata was born in 1983 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He grew up drawing cartoons and graffiti. For fun, he tagged friends binders and school lockers with band graphics and basketball players’ names.
Mark’s love for art transformed at the age of 16 — he walked into a street tattoo shop and asked if he could learn. Cleaning floors, painting walls and making needles was his daily grind that slowly transitioned into an apprenticeship.
This is when tattooing found Mark.
After a short year of tattooing, Mark pushed his passion for art while completing a few full-colour new school pieces that were bold and bright —these changed his career forever. At that time, they were much different from what was circulating in the Toronto tattoo scene. With an awesome mix of graffiti and cartoons, Mark’s style gained a lot of attention. He quickly became popular in the skate, punk and BMX scene. With Mark’s attention to detail and passion for learning, he enrolled in life drawing, realism, colour renderings and pen drawing courses at George Brown College and Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCAD), Toronto.
These new skills and expertise’s opened new opportunities, and before he knew it, Mark became a world-ranked tattoo artist with a diverse skillset.
Mark’s public popularity grew; he was featured on numerous TV shows, music videos and movies such as I hate my tattoo (slice network), MTV Live, breakout kings, total recall, Honda rebel exclusive mutual funds commercial, sum 41 music video, Youngstown music video. He also had many news presses on City TV, the Mike Bullard Show, CP24, the Toronto Star, Wave Magazine and the Toronto Sun. Mark’s TV appearances drew attention from celebrities and athletes who soon reached out. Before Mark knew it, he was tattooing professional athletes in the NHL, NBA and even Olympic athletes.
Our Mater Tattoo Artist, Courtney, is highly inspired by organic subject matter such as florals, foliage and animals. Creating these images with a twist of her vibrant abstract taste, each design is truly one of a kind.
With inspiration from realism and neo-traditional elements, Courtney has truly come into her artistic style which translates from her personality, her creative space and her designs. Her passion for art can be traced from elementary school thru to post-secondary. She truly has been creative her whole life — we can wait to see what designs she has in store for our clients!
Our Master Tattoo Artist, Alixandra Bamford started tattooing in 2015. After attempting a few more conventional careers, she determined that the only happy life was one filled with art and artists.
Alix tattoos in an illustrative style with strong roots in realism. Her favourite subjects include birds and the human face, but she approaches every request with equal devotion and interest. Challenges like coverups and reworks are always welcome. Alix works primarily in black and grey but will accept colour projects that are right for her.
Miranda Mckenzie was born n’ raised in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently 24 years old and has been tattooing since the age of 20. Miranda has had a passion for art, and curiosity about tattoos since she was a small child. Over the years she has had the opportunity to learn about multiple different tattoo styles and techniques. Bold designs are her favourite things to tattoo, she loves classic American traditional tattoo design. She also loves painting tattoo flash, amongst a plethora of other crafty hobbies.
Tattoo Artist, Benny Mac has been tattooing for just over 6 years, full-time. He prides himself on being a versatile artist capable of a multitude of styles. He is always looking to challenge his abilities and continually improve — he aims to exceed not only his own but the client’s expectations as well. Having said that he appreciates tattooing neo-traditional, new-school, illustrative colour, illustrative black and grey work, and has found a new fascination with the Japanese tattoo style and subject matter.
Along with to subject matter, he likes tattooing all things nerdy from Star Wars to anime, which fits with him being a huge nerd! Similar to the nerdy influence he also enjoys doing animal-related work and anything mystic or mythical themed, he claims it’s half a fault liking so many styles and themes in tattoos and finds he has a hard time sticking to one thing.
Ben likes to think he gives off a more relaxed and “chill” vibe in and outside of the tattoo studio, from cracking jokes while working and chatting with his clients and coworkers alike while tattooing or drawing. He also prides himself on the fact that he hand draws all of his client’s work from scratch. Regarding tattoo size, well he loves it all — from small-scale work to sleeves and chest pieces. He even loves to tattoo client’s palms and hands!
Spawned from the depths of the abyss Larry’s goal is to etch drawings of pure unfiltered madness upon thine mortal flesh…or perhaps a cute butterfly if that’s more your flavour.
His major influences include anything dark/macabre, anime, video games, medieval and Japanese folklore — all presented in a style he likes to call “Dark Trad.” Larry also enjoys doing pieces in the Traditional and Neo-Traditional styles of tattooing as he frequently puts his own twists on classic designs.
With two art degrees and years of experience in the graphic design industry under his belt, he can work with you to bring your ideas to life and present them in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible.
Three principles that he lives by are trust, respect, and communication. You will always be given that in a tattoo session with him as comfort is the name of the game with Larry.
Rebëcca J. Fife
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