Welcome to the Liquid Amber Tattoo website!

Liquid Amber Tattoo is an established tattoo studio located in the heart of Gastown. We have been providing  custom tattoos for our clients since 2001.

The studio is home to six exceptional artists including: Justina KervelAshley HorncastleCrystal Alexandria, Shannon O'SheaMilo Marcelo and Rachelle Alexandra.

This sought-after group of artists specialize in one of a kind custom tattoo work. Liquid Amber is health board approved and adheres to the highest level of cleanliness and professionalism. An open concept design coupled with exposed brick lends to our boutique style vibe and friendly atmosphere.

Thanks for visiting our website. This home page contains Liquid Amber info on conventions, guest artists, news clippings and other cool stuff that you might like to check out.  

Stay a while, look around and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have by going to our contact page. 









World Mental Health Day - Oct 10, 2015

Liquid Amber Tattoo is proud to announce that we will be donating 100% of all tattoo profits to Canadian Mental Health Association- BC Division on Saturday October 10th, 2015 to contribute to an important cause and raise awareness for World Mental Health Day

We would like to extend this invitation to everyone interested in celebrating their story through tattoos, which to many represent bringing to light stories of hope, recovery, tragedy and persistence that illustrate the effects of mental illness. 


Did you know that mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada? According to a survey conducted in 2008, just 50% of Canadians would tell friends or co-workers that they have a family member with a mental illness, compared to 72% who would discuss a diagnosis of cancer and 68% who would talk about a family member having diabetes. It’s important to recognize that in 2008, 42% of Canadians were unsure whether they would socialize with a friend who has a mental illness.

Thankfully, things have changed for the better. According to a survey conducted earlier this year, 57% of Canadians believe that the stigma associated with mental illness has been reduced compared to 5 years ago, 81% are more aware of mental health issues compared to 5 years ago, 70% believe attitudes about mental health issues have changed for the better compared to 5 years ago. Though we’ve seen an increase of awareness, there’s still a long ways to go.

Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community. We wanted to outline Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW, October 5th-11th). In our community many of us have been directly affected by this illness, whether it be ourselves or close friends and family members. There’s nothing easy about mental illness and this broad term can carry many definitions. We believe that simply opening up this conversation to our readers and followers promotes knowledge and takes away from the mystery of mental health. page1image20744 page1image20904 page1image21064

As we are a studio creating permanent art, Liquid Amber is constantly connecting with individuals who want to share and empower themselves through telling a story with tattoo, so to this we want to give back.

Unsure of how you would like to take action & get inspired? Check out the following...

Project Semicolon 
"A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. That author is you and the sentence is your life.” Although tattoos were not originally a part of this project, they have helped make this movement well known internationally across social media.

Get Involved with Canadian Mental Health Association:
Visit this page for information on how you can donate, volunteer & become a member. http://www.cmha.ca/get-involved/#.VhS-JLyMDVo (3 branches near Vancouver!)

Sign the #IamStigmafree Pledge:
“Promote acceptance and actively challenge social stereotypes. Through powerful words and actions, we will shift the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions and encourage acceptance and understanding.” Visit the following link to sign the pledge. http://www.nami.org/stigmafree

Need to talk? Check out Agora Cares, and options through Canadian Mental Health Assosiation in British Columbia


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Rachelle and Shannon's rate change...and a warm welcome to Rachelle joining the team!

As of Oct 1, 2015 Shannon and Rachelle's rate will now be $160 per hour. This will reflect any new appointments booked from today on. 

Also, instead of just being a guest artist, we asked Rachelle to join the LAT team because we love her so much ...and she said yes!

Welcome, Rachelle! <3


Cover ups, laser removal and options on changing a tattoos appearance.

Cover-up in progress by Justina Kervel

It happens to the best of us, that "awesome" idea for a tattoo that ends up actually not being the greatest idea, and now you're sick of looking at it. So we come to the tattoo crossroads; the old tattoo has got to go- but how?

While tattoo removal is often a really good place to start and will open up your options as to what you can do over the tattoo, it can also be extremely painful, require multiple sessions and is costly.

If laser removal is not a route you want to take, there are other options to changing up your tattoo. This post is meant to share with you what we can do to help so that you go home with a piece of art on your body that you can be proud of.

First, how does laser tattoo removal work?

Tattoo removal lasers work by producing short pulses of intense light that pass through the top layers of the skin. This laser causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body's immune system.

The type of laser used in tattoo removal depends on the tattoo's pigment colors. Yellow and green ink are the hardest colors to remove but darker inks like blue and black are the easiest. Eventually the tattoo fades, but it can take months, likely many sessions, and may end up being very costly. Many of our artists have had some of their tattoos removed and they can help share with you their personal experience.

And now the cover up

The general rule of thumb is that tattoos that need to be covered up must be covered with a design about 3 times their original size if no laser removal is done. Sometimes only a couple removal sessions are required to lighten up your existing tattoo and we can work with what you’ve got to expand your options for what could go over your existing piece. If no laser is done then the options may be limited, including what colours will cover, and how big the new piece will need to be.

Depending on what is required to create a cover-up, and what kind of art you like, will determine which artist is suitable to cover your old tattoo. If you send us an email and attach a photo to the email of your existing tattoo and a description with any reference images of things you like, we can help guide you toward the right plan of action.

The easiest ways of avoiding a cover up is to make sure you've taken plenty of time to think about what you are getting, and that you extensively research on which artists you will trust to mark you permanently. It sounds quite redundant, but the reality is that sometimes in the excitement of the event we forget to think about the reality of tattoos. They will (theoretically) last forever and their meaning and your connection to this tattoo can change. Always take time to think about what it is you want tattooed, but keep in mind, all of the artists at Liquid Amber Tattoo do custom designs and if you like their art (as you should if you are getting tattooed by them) then you should save room for their artistic eye and opinion. They can help you with an idea that will look great and make the old one look like it never even existed!

Here are a couple of examples of coverups done at LAT:







Vegan Tattoos

Allegedly, ancient Egyptians tattooed one another with bone needles and inks were often bound using insect eggs or breast milk.  Nowadays, it's still common to see glycerin from animal fat used in ointments and soaps; bone char, gelatin and shellac are also commonly used in tattoo products and inks. More and more of our clients are inquiring about vegan friendly products and we wanted to share with you some of what we’ve done to make this feasible in our shop as these products are becoming more readily available.

At Liquid Amber Tattoo we take pride in offering a vegan friendly tattoo experience from start to finish. We've had many inquiries on vegan tattoos over the last few months and have done research and made some changes at our shop to accommodate to these requests. When arriving for your tattoo appointment, remind us of your interest in vegan friendly tattooing and we can confirm that the artist will use all vegan products.

Though most of our tattooing equipment is vegan there remains some non-vegan products in our shop like Vaseline, but we're excited to announce that we recently switched over our stencil paper to vegan transfer paper, which is still quite new on the market. 

Now for the permanent stuff: Most inks that our artists use is from "Eternal Ink". Their ink products are water-based pigments made using organic, vegan-friendly and non-toxic ingredients. We also use “Fusion Ink”, which is made with organic pigment that is completely vegan safe. The other inks that we use are “Intense” & “Starbrite” which are listed as vegan on numerous websites, however, it’s always important to inquire directly with the company on specific colours as new ink is constantly being developed.

After Care: Caring for your tattoo is the most important step to retaining a beautiful and bright tattoo. At Liquid Amber Tattoo, we offer a ‘Simple Kit’ which includes a moisturizer and cleanser for all your aftercare steps. Learn more about the aftercare steps here.

Our Cleanser: SimpleCleanse is a gentle vegan and organic moisturizing cleanser. Formulated with mild vegetable based cleansers, including skin enhancing botanical extracts, hemp oil and aloe. This cleaner is free of sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium laureth sulphate and parabens.

Our Moisturizer: SimpleShield is a vegan, organic moisturizer formulated with a vegetable-based derivative that boosts the production of the water holding molecules present in the dermis. It blocks the penetration of allergens and toxins and acts as a natural antioxidant while boosting the skin's ability to naturally regenerate, nourish, hydrate, and protect itself.

Additionally, SimpleShield and SimpleCleanse use fair-trade ingredients sourced within North America. Both of these aftercare products are sold in a kit for $15 at our shop. You can also purchase them individuality for $8 each.

Do you have any other requests for health conscious tattoos? Let us know! After all, the tattoo industry is evolving constantly and we are always looking to accommodate our client's needs.


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Welcome Rachelle Alexandra!

On Sept 3, 2015 we will be welcoming artist Rachelle Alexandra. Check out her portfolio and let us know if you'd like a tattoo by Rachelle while she is here!