Hitchhiking, Tattoos & Killer Whales in the Pacific Northwest

I have become quite selective about the artist I choose to ink me, and after months of research, I had decided I wanted to have Bart “Bartattoo” Willis do the final piece. Bart is a Canadian born artist who now lives in Austin, Texas having founded Southside Tattoos. He is regarded as one of the gurus of First Nations tattoo art, having helped revive the scene for the indigenous people of the Pacific North West. After a few emails to Bart stating my story and why I wanted to have a tattoo done by him, he told me he would be in Alert Bay, BC during the summer and to “stop on by for a visit”.

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