REBECCA BLAIR

TATTOO ARTIST + NIXON FANATIC

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How did you get started in the tattoo industry?
To be honest, it came as a surprise and was rather spontaneous. I drew a lot at the time, both at home and on scrap paper at my retail job while it was slow. I posted everything I drew on my Instagram. One of my followers, without my knowledge, had shown my Instagram account to his friend who owned a tattoo shop in Saskatoon. I was at work when I received a message shortly after explaining that if I were to head down to the shop at some point that day, I’d have a job. I immediately left work and had accepted the apprenticeship within half an hour of receiving the message!

How did you practise?
My mentor literally just turned to me one day and said “get someone to tattoo today.” I immediately called my brother, who was kind enough to reply with, “What am I getting and what time do you want me there?” I have, however, tattooed myself a few times.

What was your first tattoo?
My first was a small heart/cross/music note on my shoulder blade. I think it took a total of 10 minutes, and my mom was with me! I assured her that I would only ever want one—oops! It’s since been converted into a back piece.

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Can you talk a little about your journey to your current style?
I basically started out doing the same style as I do now, but it’s less refined. I like to compare it to starting out by drawing cutesy bubble letters on your binder in high school to creating more mature calligraphy as a young adult (laughs). I mostly enjoy doing neo-traditional (girly, if I can get away with it), lady faces, black and grey realism, and portraits in any style. Previous to tattooing, I was a commissioned pencil portrait artist, so I’m very comfortable with value and facial features.

Do you find your work attracts a specific type of clientele?
Because of the amount of flowers and girly subject matter, I get a lot of women. I love it—women are so tough! I’m very fortunate, though. Basically all of my clients—male and female—have really fun ideas that I get very excited about drawing up!

Where do you find inspiration?
Instagram is huge. There are so many talented tattoo artists and friends of mine on there. Whenever I feel uninspired, I just head there!

Have any famous artists, tattooists or not, influenced you on your career path?
My coworkers at Rites of Passage Tattoo are a huge inspiration. Everyone I work with pushes me to work harder and advance my drawing. Justin Hartman is another tattoo artist whose work is an enormous inspiration to me. He creates such beautiful imagery that is both bold and soft at the same time. I adore everything he does. Canada is also filled with some fantastic talent. Both Jessica Wright (Capital Tattoo in Edmonton) and Sam Smith (Scythe and Spade Tattoo in Calgary) are great inspirations to me, not only in tattooing but as strong, very successful female shop-owners, who know the ins and outs of this tough industry.

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What do you admire about the Nixon brand?
I love that Nixon is able to conquer both modern and classic-looking styles in everything they design. I have several Nixon watches, and they range from minimalist to statement pieces, so there’s a watch for every occasion and outfit. They’re very in tune with styles and colours that are on trend, but they never create a design that will go out of style. This means these pieces will be in your life for a long time, as the quality of all of their products is very impressive.

If you had to create your own watch, what would it look like?
If I were to create my own version, it would most likely be a gold casing on a gold-link strap. I would have a white watch-face with a design in a contrasting white finish in the centre of a very simple, very traditional rose. I think it would be a subtle, classy design with a little hint of flare and personality that would work for many occasions.

What is your favourite Nixon?
I would have to say my Facet 42 mm in ‘All Gold.’ I wear it nearly every single day, everywhere I go.

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