WHO ARE WE?

We are Hemlock Tattoo,

 

Our team is made up of Taylor Hudson, Janeen Scott, Geneva Haley and Marlee Watts. Hemlock could not have happened without the combined energy of these four women. We have each contributed our unique skills, style, and talents to the foundation of this shop. We could not be more eager to share our space with you.

The privilege of tattooing is something we take incredibly seriously. Our love for this medium is illustrated in the work we produce, and the positive connections we have forged with our clients. We recognize the power and position we hold as tattooers and we want to use this platform to facilitate a creative space that values open communication and consent. We are committed to seeking out education relevant to our industry, and implementing that education into protocols and personal training in order to protect both client and tattooer. It is our priority to cultivate an atmosphere of transparency, where we encourage questions and curiosity about the tattooing process. We are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment for anyone interested in our services.

Our dedication is, first and foremost, to our clients. We promise professionalism, with an open line of communication at all stages of the tattooing process and a commitment to accommodating the needs and comfort of each individual who enters our shop. Our second most important priority is to create a tattooing process that not only produces beautiful art for our clients to be proud of, but also highly values a collaborative and non-judgmental practice of making our clients' ideas a reality. 

 

We want to take this opportunity not only to introduce ourselves as a proudly female owned and operated tattoo shop, but also as a space for community, growth, education and transparency, where ethical consent is always at the forefront. We are proud to be playing a role in pushing the tattoo industry forward and away from outdated norms and intimidating atmospheres. Our responsibility is to produce excellent tattoos while constantly working towards making the industry and the wider community a safer and more welcoming place for everyone.

Why we chose the name Hemlock Tattoo

Poison Hemlock links us to something that has ancient, magical and symbolic significance. 

 

The effects of the Hemlock poison paralyze the body and stop all functioning of the nervous system. Symbolically, this plant paralyzes energies, thus imposing an end. Embodying the power of this namesake we plan to play a role in educating and ending preventable harm occurring within the tattoo industry and in our wider culture. 

 

If an animal ingests Poison Hemlock and lives, their organs will carry the poison within. If that creature is preyed upon by another animal, the predator will likely succumb to the poison. We all carry within us the poison of past harms and injustices and we can use that poison to protect ourselves and others from harm and harmful environments. At Hemlock Tattoo we are actively trying to reduce those patterns of injustice, harassment and abuse and to replace them with education, compassion and safety. 

 

We have chosen Poison Hemlock as our symbol of power, potency and subversion. 

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Hemlock Tattoo would like to acknowledge our location and role to play within the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes: The Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations), and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. We want to express our deep gratitude for the people of these nations for caring for the land and all the sacrifices they have made in doing so.

We want to acknowledge our privileged position to be operating on this extremely abundant land and to recognize that ALL people residing here are Treaty 7 people. In the spirit of acknowledging this history we want to conduct ourselves in a way that honours the Seven Teachings of the Blackfoot, Cree, and Ojibwe people. These teachings are comprised of courage, honesty, humility, love, respect, truth and wisdom and they perfectly encompass how we wish to operate and share space in Treaty 7 territory. 

We also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the indigenous origins and history of tattooing in North America as well as in a wider global context. Our modern western understanding of tattooing barely passes a glance at the deep, symbolic and sacred roots tattooing has in indigenous cultures. As a team we want to participate in changing this via the dissemination of information/education and supporting those who are working to revive and protect the ancestral tattoo techniques, motifs and patterns that colonialism sought to erase.

Thank you to Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes for her warmth, wisdom and guidance and to all future educators and experts for sharing their knowledge with us. We want to commit ourselves to continuing to amplify voices and seeking out the expertise of the historical stewards of this land we call home.

-Hemlock Tattoo

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