Ally Parsons is a 21 year old tattoo apprentice from Sydney. She focuses on hand-poked and machine tattooing, with bold illustrative work and blackwork. Her work is amazing! She's currently apprenticing at Surly Mermaid Tattoos in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She says that being in such a small community you really get to know a lot of the other local artists and watching them and the art community itself grow is really rad!
I asked her if there were any downsides to being a creator on the island, "Sometimes is can be hard to reach a wider audience, and there are less opportunities to attend art related workshops and classes, but even that has slowly started changing!".
You can currently book a tattoo appointment with Ally by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has loads of tattoo flash up on her Instagram (@apdoodles_). Aside from tattooing, Ally was also a vendor at Capercon 2017 in the Artist Alley where she sold prints and originals of her art, artist trading cards, and little hand painted coffin boxes. She also did a live painting at the Old Sydney Society for Lumiere 2017.
You can check out Surly Mermaid Tattoos here:
and find them at 582 George Street, Suite 2 in Sydney.
Girls and skateboards, what a wonderful combo. Straight out of Glace Bay, the Shred Sirens!
The Shred Sirens are a group of female skateboarders who want to empower more girls to find their place in the skateboarding community. They're a lovely group of gals from all over the island who meet and skate every Sunday from 7:30pm - 9pm at the Undercurrent Centre in Glace Bay. Though founded by four, the group grows every week with more and more girls coming out and learning how to skateboard! The founding females of the group are Jill Ellsworth, Bailee Kennedy, Bree Steele, and Tessa Porier (pictured above).
Cape Breton, although small, has a huge history of community support. Since the girls started this group, they have been welcomed and encouraged by both the skate community and the general public. They’re now able to give back to a community that they feel fiercely proud of and connected to.
As the one of the official founders, Ellsworth, said, "I don’t think there are any inherent negatives to being a creator in Cape Breton aside from the small size of the island of course. But in our case, I think that just allows us to make close bonds with the folks in our community."
Shred Sirens are currently selling stickers, pins, and shirts to help fundraise for the Undercurrent Youth Centre and Girls Skate Programs. You can pick up a pin at any one of these local shops:
The Rising Tide Tattoos:
Find them at 413 Charlotte Street in Sydney
Find them at 1290 Kings Rd in Sydney River (Value Check Plaza)
Pins made by Handmade East: