Yann Black: The Tim Burton of Tattoo Artists

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    Yann Black Tattoos: "Your Meat is Mine"

    Yann Black, a Montreal tattoo artist, is one of the most sought after artists in the field.
    ••• Scribbled tattoos, art brut, perma-doodles, Tim-Burton-turned-tat-titan, call it what you want but Yann Black's signature style has him pegged in a league of his own as one of the most sought after avant-garde tattoo artists in the world. Photo courtesy of Yann Black

    Yann Black, a Montreal tattoo artist originally from France who previously worked in Paris, Lille and Brussels, is considered part of a game-changing phenomenon in the tattoo world predominantly concentrated in France and Belgium, an avant-garde movement challenging conventional tattoo art, down to the last tramp stamp.

    And he's got the kind of style you either love. Or hate.

    Black, who swapped paper for flesh over 15 years ago, moved his studio to Montreal's St. Henri neighborhood in the summer of 2007 to continue pursuing his body of work, one instantly recognizable by those in the know.

    Black's tattoos are admired for their dark if childlike quality, zero shading effect and use of freehand to produce long, straight lines, techniques which are deceptively simple on the surface but in their execution, leave Black no room for error. A hand that steady using an akward, vibrating tattoo needle to produce straight lines is a rarity in the tattoo world. Or any world.

    With a...MORE reputation spread out across the globe, clients, particularly from Europe, fly in to Montreal just to get inked by Black as he refuses to do conventions or travel to clients. And they have to be patient: Black has been known to announce moratoriums on appointment-taking just to catch up with scheduled bookings which sometimes have to be made a year or two in advance.

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    Yann Black: The Method Behind the Madness

    Claiming his work is no different whether the base is paper or skin, Black's creative process is simple. So is the pricing scheme. Each tattoo costs at least $500*. Each tattoo takes a day (or more, if the tattoo warrants it). Each tattoo is done in Montreal only. And each tattoo is a Yann Black original. Black rarely plans a client's tattoo ahead of time. And he doesn't take fully sketched out requests. He's more likely to drink toilet water than reproduce someone else's sketch or style, and you won't find a catalog or binder with pre-drawn designs once in his parlor. However, client-Black collaboration is encouraged, even expected, once in person. The tattoo is decided on together, in concert as a team, drawn up fresh at the appointment itself.

    As for moving to Canada instead of remaining among his loyal fan base in France, Belgium and Switzerland, Skin Deep's Sion Smith asked Black if Montreal had been good to him, to which he answered “all in all, if I compare [Montreal] to France, it suits me much better, in the sense that people here are open to newer ideas and don’t really think too much of having tattoos on more visible areas. The kind of work I did when I was in France has become somewhat more common, seeing how more and more artists are leaning towards the graphic aspect of tattooing. So being here for me is like a breath of fresh air.”

    For more information on booking an appointment with Yann Black, contact Your Meat is Mine.

    *Note that prices are subject to change without notice.

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    Yann Black: Your Meat is Mine Tattoos

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    ••• Yann Black is a Montreal tattoo artist originally from France and he's one of the most sought after avant-gardists in his field, with clients booking overseas flights and patiently waiting up to a year, maybe two, just to get inked by the graphic artist. Photo © Yann Black - Your Meat Is Mine
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    Yann Black: Your Meat is Mine Tattoos

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    yann black your meat is mine tattoos montreal
    ••• Yann Black is a Montreal tattoo artist originally from France and he's one of the most sought after avant-gardists in his field, with clients booking overseas flights and patiently waiting up to a year, maybe two, just to get inked by the graphic artist. Photo © Yann Black - Your Meat Is Mine
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    Yann Black: Your Meat is Mine

    yann black your meat is mine tattoos montreal
    ••• Yann Black is a Montreal tattoo artist originally from France and he's one of the most sought after avant-gardists in his field, with clients booking overseas flights and patiently waiting up to a year, maybe two, just to get inked by the graphic artist. Photo © Yann Black - Your Meat Is Mine